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Experts say Android flaw exposes devices to hackers

BOSTON (Reuters) – Cybersecurity experts have uncovered a flaw in a component of the operating system of Google Inc’s widely used Android smartphone that they say hackers can exploit to gain control of the devices. Researchers at startup cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike said they have figured out how to use that…

Google’s virtual reality glasses coming in 2012: report

Search giant Google is about to take a quantum leap into next generation mobile computing with the forthcoming introduction of virtual reality glasses, according to people familiar with the project who spoke to The New York Times this week. The glasses are expected to cost between $250 and $600, the…

Microsoft claims Google undermined Internet Explorer privacy settings

Following a Wall Street Journal report last week which revealed that search giant Google had developed a way to bypass privacy settings in Apple’s Safari browser, the head honchos at Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) division started wondering if their competitor was doing the same to them. As it would turn…

Growing concern over Internet data collection feeds privacy fears

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – This week’s revelations that Google Inc, Twitter and other popular Internet companies have been taking liberties with customer data have prompted criticism from privacy advocates and lawmakers, along with apologies from the companies. They are the latest in a long line of missteps by large Internet…

Google bypassed Apple privacy settings: report

Google and other online advertisers bypassed the privacy settings of an Apple web browser on iPhones and computers in order to survey millions of users, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The Journal said the companies used a special code that tricks Apple’s Safari software into letting them monitor the…

Google tightens grip on smartphone wallets

SAN FRANCISCO — Google on Wednesday assured users of its smartphone wallets that the mobile-age technology thwarts thieves better than old-school cash or credit cards. “Mobile payments are going to become more common in the coming years, and we will learn much more as we continue to develop Google Wallet,”…

Apple corporate reputation shines: Harris Poll

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple dethroned Google as the company with the most respected image in the eyes of consumers, according to Harris Interactive study results. The maker of iPhones, iPads, iPods and Macintosh computers got the highest score ever seen in the annual Harris Poll RQ study, which asks people…

‘Spreading Romney’ satire leaks into candidate’s top Google results

A satirical redefinition of the word “Romney” has leapt from obscurity and into the limelight this week by cracking a list of the top 10 Google search results for the Republican presidential candidate’s last name. Similar to the “Spreading Santorum” website that has so plagued anti-gay Republican Rick Santorum by redefining his…

Google confirms Iran choked off Internet access ahead of elections

Search giant Google, Inc. confirmed Monday morning that its Gmail, YouTube and encrypted search services have been unavailable to Iranians since Feb. 10, the day that rumors began to circulate that the whole country had been taken offline. Shortly after Google’s confirmation Monday morning, The Associated Press began receiving reports…

Italian professor launches challenge to Google

ROME — An Italian computer science professor whose research helped inspire Google launched a new search engine and social media network on Monday that he hopes will challenge the US technology giant. The new site entitled “Volunia” allows users to view the components of particular websites to find the subject…

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