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Generally when we talk about "botnets" we're talking about networks of devices infected with malware that serve an unintended (and usually malicious) purpose for an unknown external agent, one who controls the network with a centralized "command and control" service. An example would be the Srizbi botnet, formed by... Read more...
Google parent company Alphabet had an ambitious plan to provide internet to underserved regions across the globe via Project Loon. Project Loon involved the use of high-altitude balloons that hovered in the Earth's stratosphere and provided internet connectivity to people on the ground. Commercial service first kicked... Read more...
Google over the past several years has struck a balance between its various services and offering consumer hardware designs, the latter of which has been increasingly expanding (in part through acquisitions). So what does the future hold? Alphabet (Google's parent company) CEO Sundar Pichai made some interesting... Read more...
From the outside looking in, there is a bit of uncertainty surrounding Google's hardware business, and especially its line of Pixel phones. Following the launch of the Pixel 4, a report came out claiming there was a fair bit of behind-the-scenes turmoil during the phone's development, which may have impacted its... Read more...
We’ve seen Alphabet/Google’s DeepMind AI crush human opponents in games like StarCraft II, but now the team is going back in time to tackle games from 4 decades ago. Dubbed Agent57, this new AI is gaining attention for learning how to play a total of – you guessed it – 57 Atari 2600 games. The DeepMind team... Read more...
Self-driving vehicles are still a bit of a novelty still, but several companies are beginning to escalate their offerings. Waymo, the autonomous vehicle subsidiary of Google's parent company Alphabet, has begun to offer rides in Arizona. The rides are part of an early access program. Author and columnist Ed... Read more...
Google late this week acquired Fitbit for $2.1 billion, just days after the deal was first rumored. This acquisition not only gives Google access to a bigger slice of the wearable market pie, but a greater amount of information about users’ health and fitness. Many have argued that Google's agreement with Fitbit is... Read more...
Google is making a play to step into the wearables market with its parent company, Alphabet making an offer to purchase Fitbit. With the offer, Alphabet is looking to step into the wearables hardware market. Google has been selling its own tablets, laptops, and smartphones where it competes directly against Apple, Samsung and a host of other Read more...
Google parent company Alphabet has confirmed that it is under investigation by the United States Department of Justice. Specifically, the DOJ suspects Alphabet of antitrust practices, and is demanding all information and documents related to prior antitrust investigations involving the company around the globe. While... Read more...
Alphabet owns both DeepMind and Waymo, and the two subsidiaries are working together to train AIs that operate Waymo self-driving cars. The way the duo are training the AI is using the technique that DeepMind calls population-based training (PBT) that was developed and used previously by DeepMind for training the... Read more...
Google parent company Alphabet has posted its most recent quarterly earnings, and things are looking good for the company. Alphabet reported revenue of $38.9 billion, growth of 19% year-over-year. Profits for the company reached $9.9 billion, up 201% compared to last year when Google was hit with the massive $5... Read more...
Google Fiber started off with a bang back in 2010, and has slowly expanded into some key metropolitan areas across the United States. But while Google Fiber promises symmetrical 1Gbps speeds that are the envy of many techies, parent company Alphabet has run into numerous technical, legal, and competitive... Read more...
Does Google track your location? A study by the Associated Press and Princeton University discovered that some Google services store your location regardless of your privacy settings. It is believed that over 2 million Android users are affected by this issue. Google claims that if users turn off their “Location... Read more...
Waymo's autonomous vehicle fleet has been piling on the miles ever since the program was first initiated by Google back in 2009. According to the company, its cumulative total for miles driven has swollen to 8 million to date. To put that figure in perspective, it took six years from the time the Google's first... Read more...
Alphabet is one of the largest and most valuable companies on the planet, and at least one Morgan Stanley analyst is suggesting that the company use its cash pile to gain the upper hand in a growing market sector. In this case, Morgan Stanley analyst Brian Nowak says that Alphabet subsidiary Google should give away... Read more...
Google is at the center of another privacy lawsuit, this latest one filed in the UK on behalf of around 4.4 million iPhone owners who may have had their browsing data improperly collected. Should Google lose the legal battle, it could be on the hook for 3.2 billion pounds, or roughly $4.29 billion, the company... Read more...
Now that Waymo is free of its long-running legal battle with Uber, it is focusing its attention on more important endeavors; namely spreading its self-driving technology to more platforms. In this case, Waymo is launching a pilot program that will see autonomous semi-trucks navigating through the Atlanta, Georgia... Read more...
Google purchased Nest back in 2014 for $3.2 billion, and since 2015, it has operated as its own subsidiary under the corporate Alphabet umbrella. However, it was announced today that Nest will be “coming home” by rejoining the Google hardware division. The announcement was made by Google Hardware SVP Rick Osterloh... Read more...
Just two months ago, Waymo announced plans to test a self-driving car service in Phoenix, Arizona, in which commuters could summon a free ride from one of around 600 Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans. Now the company is putting the pedal to the metal with "thousands more" of the same hybrid vehicle, each one motoring... Read more...
Back in 2016, Google's parent company Alphabet started a new cybersecurity project at its X Moonshot lab. Now two years later, that project is graduating into a standalone company called Chronicle, with the aim of helping other firms find and stop cyber attacks before they can cause any harm. It will do this through a... Read more...
A surprise announcement has come out of Alphabet this week. Google's former CEO and most recently Executive Chairman of the Alphabet Board of Directors has announced that he is stepping down from his post. Schmidt will transition to a role as a technical advisor for the company, and Alphabet says that it expects a... Read more...
A new rumor is circulating that claims YouTube is getting ready to launch a new music service in March. According to people claiming to be familiar with the matter, the new service is called YouTube Remix and it's Alphabet Inc's latest attempt to combat Spotify and Apple in the music industry. The same sources claim... Read more...
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