A few weeks ago, Google canceled the in-person version of Cloud Next, its largest conference of the year, amid a flurry of similar coronavirus-related cancellations of major events. Originally, Cloud Next was scheduled to run from April 6 to 8. Like other companies, Google at the time said it would hold an online version of the show, but as the company announced today, it is now also postponing that. The company did not announce a new date.
“Right now, the most important thing we can do is focus our attention on supporting our customers, partners, and each other,” Alison Wagonfeld, Google Cloud’s chief marketing officer, writes. “Please know that we are fully committed to bringing Google Cloud Next ’20: Digital Connect to life, but will hold the event when the timing is right. We will share the new date when we have a better sense of the evolving situation.”
Chances are we will see a few more of these announcements in the coming weeks. As companies move to remote work, states enact curfews and social distancing has become a word everybody suddenly knows, even putting on a streamed keynote is getting harder. From a more cynical point of view, it’s also worth noting that tech companies are also now facing a world where there isn’t all that much interest in their announcements during a relentless news cycle that prioritizes other topics. Over the last few days, we’ve seen a number of companies postpone their pre-planned announcements, most of which weren’t public yet, and more are sure to come.
Google Warns Users Against Installing Chrome Extensions on Edge Browser, Says Chrome is More Secure
Microsoft just recently unloaded the in-house Edge HTML browser engine and also switched over the Edge browser to Google’s Chromium engine, signing up with the similarity Vivaldi, Opera, and alsoBrave Switching over to Chromium engine came as excellent information for Edge followers, as to name a few benefits, they can currently access the Chrome Web Store’s substantial collection of extensions. It was a great deal for Microsoft, Google, and also specifically users. Well, evidently not a lot. Google has actually begun alerting Edge users that Chrome is the more secure browser to set up and also utilize extensions from the Chrome Web Store.
First identified by Windows Most Current, the Chrome Web Store currently shows a caution when users are attempting to set up an expansion on the Chromium- based Edge browser. The caution message looks like a banner simply listed below the LINK area and also says “Google recommends switching to Chrome to use extensions securely.” But this is simply a caution that users can select to overlook or approve. If you are on Edge browser and also see the caution message, you can still download and install the suitable extensions from the Chrome Web Store with no problem.
The caution banner likewise includes a web link to download and install Chrome and also appreciate a more ‘secure’ experience of making use of extensions. Interestingly, Google is not frightening users that are attempting to set up an expansion on various other Chromium- based internet browsers such as Vivaldi and alsoBrave It shows up that Google is examining the individual representative (UA) string to recognize the make and also construct of the browser, and also is selecting Edge to reveal the caution message. In instance you do not recognize, individual representative is basically an ID for Web internet browsers that informs the browser’s name, variation, along with the os it is operating on.
However, individual representative can likewise be utilized to uniquely reveal web content to users or impact the practices of a page based on the browser one is making use of. Google itself notes on its Chrome programmer blog site that individual representative can be utilized to“customise behaviour or content to specific browser versions” While that appears kindhearted, there is an unsightly background behind its abuse too. It shows up that in spite of Edge changing to the Chromium engine, Google is still offering its very own Chrome browser as the far better choice. Although exactly how specifically is Chrome ‘more secure’ for installing extensions contrasted to Chromium- based Edge browser is still an enigma.
Of program, Microsoft itself isn’t blameless in a battle of internet browsers, with the business in the previous caution Windows 10 users regarding installing various other internet browsers, to Start Menu promos of Microsoft Edge, besides setup Edge as the default browser on Windows devices.
Google updates terms in plain language after EU scrutiny
Google is attempting to make sure people know exactly what they’re signing up for when they use its online services — though that will still mean reading a lengthy document.
The company updated its terms of service on Thursday — its largest update to the general use contract since 2012 — in response to a pair of court orders in Europe.
As Britain leaves the European Union, Google also announced that U.K. customers will now legally be part of its main U.S. operations rather than a separate European center based in Ireland. The company says the move won’t change how U.K. customers’ data is protected or stored. U.K. officials have said they will still abide by the EU privacy rules, called GDPR, for now.
Google has been updating its policies and tweaking what’s allowed on its services as scrutiny of the tech industry heats up in the U.S. and Europe. Google, Facebook, Twitter and other digital companies have been under a spotlight as regulators and consumers examine just how much the companies know about their users and what they do with that information.
Facebook updated its terms of service last year to clarify how it makes money from user data.
Google says it hasn’t changed anything significant in the document, but rather used plain language to describe who can use its products and what people can post online.
“Broadly speaking, we give you permission to use our services if you agree to follow these terms, which reflect how Google’s business works and how we earn money,” the document reads.
The new document is now about 2,000 words longer than it was before, in part because Google included a list of definitions and expanded it to cover Google Drive and Chrome. The new terms take effect in March.
The company also updated its “About Google” page to explain how it makes money from selling advertisements, often informed by the vast amount of customer information it collects.
As for U.K. customers, the switch to U.S. operations restores Google’s practice prior to last year. Google had switched U.K. and other European customers to Ireland last year as the GDPR privacy law took effect.
The switch back is likely to avoid having a third country’s law apply to U.K. data, said Mike Chapple, a professor of information technology at the University of Notre Dame.
“Google is one of the first companies that’s trying to untangle this messy legal aftermath of Brexit,” he said.
If it left U.K. customers to Ireland, Google could risk “double-jeopardy for fines and other sanctions” in the case of any breach because it would be subject to both U.K. and EU laws, said Michael Veale, a lecturer at University College London.
Google Play Store removes over 600 apps from Play Store for disruptive ads
Over the past few years, there have been some major issues related to apps on the Google Play Store that deliver disruptive ads. Although many of the apps serve a useful function for the user, the primary reason for these apps’ existence is to deliver as many ads as possible regardless of the user experience. Google Play Store has removed almost 600 Android apps due to serving “disruptive” ads.
Today, in a blog post, Google announced that it is finally putting the hammer down on this practice. It announced that it removed nearly 600 apps from the Play Store from its ad monetisation platforms Google AdMob and Google Ad Manager for violating its disruptive ad policy and disallowed interstitial policy. The increase of smartphone adoption is giving a push to mobile ad frauds in recent times. In a separate report from Buzzfeed News, we found out that Cheetah Mobile created about 45 of those banned apps.
According to Scott Spencer, VP, Product Management, Google Ads, one of the biggest threats to ad-supported content is ad fraud, a pervasive issue for users, developers, and advertisers alike. “Google blacklisted numerous bad actors that were found to be committing large scale invalid traffic and ad fraud, which violates Google policies,” said Spencer.
The apps that have been removed from Google Play Store were mainly made by developers based in China, Hong Kong, India, and Singapore, Bjorke told BuzzFeed News. However, the names of specific apps and developers remain a mystery.
Bjorke also specified BuzzFeed News that Google had started refunding the brands whose ads were displayed through disruptive ads.
In 2019, Google removed tens of thousands of apps and developers that were found to be in violation of its policies. “Taking corrective action was an imperative step in protecting advertiser dollars, leveling the playing field for legitimate publishers, and removing bad app experiences for users,” said the tech giant.
Google attempted to take similar protective measures in the past as well. In July last year, Google banned Chinese developer CooTek for using an adware plugin to send disruptive ads even when an app was not in use. The Android maker in the past also spotted hosting apps on Google Play Store with adware.
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