Google announced in October it would shutdown Google+ after finding a bug that left the data in nearly 500,000 accounts exposed between 2015 and March 2018. The flaws were in a software update. The platform was scheduled to sunset in August 2019, but Google moved up the date to April 2019.
Google executives promised to become more forceful and open about how it handles sexual misconduct cases within the company. The change comes one week after thousands of engineers and others employees walked out in protest. The company agreed to one of the demands made by protesters. The company will drop mandatory arbitration of all sexual misconduct cases. With the change it becomes optional, so workers can choose to sue in court and present their case in front of a jury.
In a recent interview with economist Tyler Cowen, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt took the blame for Google's inability to create the next big social network. Schmidt admitted to Cowen that "because we didn't collectively use it, I suspect we didn't fully understand how to do it."
Google plans to expand on its presence in New York City to add space for more than 12,000 new workers, an amount that nearly double the company's current number of employees in the city, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The plan would give Google room for nearly 20,000 employees in the city. The deal would enable Google to either buy or lease a planned 1.3 million-square-foot office building at St. John’s Terminal in the city’s West Village neighborhood. The building is scheduled for completion by 2022.
Microsoft finally removed a fake Bing ad that claimed to be a Chrome download link, but instead installed malware on the person's device. This fake link served up in the top result when users search for keywords like "download Chrome" on the Edge browser. The link took users to a fake Chrome site, and even claims to have an authentic file that downloads onto your computer, according to one report. The link took searchers to what looks like a standard Chrome download page, but it's really googleonline2018.com, which includes ...
Google is making changes to AdSense. Each new site will go through a verification process that verifies the owner of the domain or whether the person at least has the ability to modify its content. The process also reviews the site for compliance with AdSense policies. Before advertisers can show ads on a new site they also must add the site to their AdSense account. Google also said it is renaming the My Sites tab to Sites and moving it further up the menu to make it easier to find.
Amazon is reportedly allowing advertisers to use search data to retarget those visiting its marketplace across the web. The pilot program is only available through Amazon’s demand side platform. Reports suggest it's the first time Amazon search data is being used off of Amazon’s owned and operated platform. The test applies search data for off-platform campaigns, according to the report.
Chief Executive Tim Cook, Apple CEO, issued a call for U.S.-wide data-protection regulations. Cook used the word "weaponized" to describe how U.S. citizens are being taken advantage. His "sharply worded speech" came during a privacy conference organized by the European Union. He told the audience and EU privacy regulators that the "U.S. should enact a comprehensive federal privacy law that follows their example."
A BuzzFeed News investigation uncovered an ad fraud scheme involving more than 125 Android apps and websites, some were targeted at kids. It seems separate apps, companies and websites are connected to a network of front and shell companies in Cyprus, Malta, British Virgin Islands, Croatia, and Bulgaria. A person involved in the scheme estimates it has stolen hundreds of millions of dollars from brands whose ads were shown to bots instead of actual humans. BuzzFeed shared a full list of apps and websites, along with their developers, in a spreadsheet.
Apple gives parents the option on iOS 12 to only let kids visit specific websites, but it seems they can do a better job when it comes to filtering out sites in search, such as those that support terrorism. The search filters out results related to “safe sex,” “sex assault hotline,” and “sex education,” but it allows search results for bombing, poisoning, and how to join a terrorist group. The Verge explains.