Meduza: Russian telecoms operators start blocking Google Docs after Navalny’s team uses it to publish ‘Smart Vote’ endorsements

Meduza: Russian telecoms operators start blocking Google Docs after Navalny’s team uses it to publish ‘Smart Vote’ endorsements. “Telecommunications operators in Russia started blocking Google Docs late in the evening on September 15, the GlobalCheck project reported. According to GlobalCheck, which monitors Russia’s Internet blocking system, the site docs.google.com is being blocked by the telecommunications operators MTS, MegaFon, and Rostelecom. The Internet watchdog Roskomsvoboda reports that Tele2 users are also experiencing disruptions.”

Make Tech Easier: The Best Google Docs Templates to Organize Your Life

Make Tech Easier: The Best Google Docs Templates to Organize Your Life. “Google Docs offers an astonishing variety of templates to handle every need of users. Instead of working hard to create a new document, you can use one of these customized, ready-to-use templates. All of them are free to edit and accessible from your Google Docs web interface. Let’s take a look at how you can use Google Docs templates to organize your life better as well as a selection of the best.”

Slashgear: Google Docs gets Smart Replies years after launching in Gmail

Slashgear: Google Docs gets Smart Replies years after launching in Gmail. “A few years after the feature launched in Gmail, Google has announced plans to expand its Smart Replies to Docs, enabling users to rapidly respond to comments by clicking a preset suggestion. The new capability will join other smart features relatively new to Google Docs, including spelling autocorrect and Smart Compose.”

Wired: Google Docs Scams Still Pose a Threat

Wired: Google Docs Scams Still Pose a Threat . “IN MAY 2017, a phishing attack now known as “the Google Docs worm” spread across the internet. It used special web applications to impersonate Google Docs and request deep access to the emails and contact lists in Gmail accounts…. The incident ultimately affected more than a million accounts before Google successfully contained it. New research indicates, though, that the company’s fixes don’t go far enough.”

Chrome Unboxed: Google Docs Improves Braille Mode With Detailed Inline Suggestions

Chrome Unboxed: Google Docs Improves Braille Mode With Detailed Inline Suggestions. “Google is improving its support for braille mode in Docs so that those using screen readers and refreshable braille displays can interact with suggestions in their documents easier. Basically, inline detailed suggestion information will be audible out loud alongside the rest of the text in the document.”

Digital Inspiration: How to Find and Replace Text in Google Docs with RegEx Search Patterns

Digital Inspiration: How to Find and Replace Text in Google Docs with RegEx Search Patterns. “It is easy to search and replace text in Google Documents with the DocumentApp service of Google Apps Script. You can use use findText method with simple regular expressions to find text elements in the document that match a pattern and replace them with the specified text…. All well and good but in some cases, this simple search and replace function may fail if the search text does not transform into a valid regular expression.”

TechRadar: Google Docs is being weaponized by hackers

TechRadar: Google Docs is being weaponized by hackers. “Web-based word processor Google Docs is being actively exploited to disguise dangerous web domains, security analysts have warned. As discovered by security firm Avanan, cybercriminals have found a way to conceal attacks behind standard Google Docs URLs, which can be delivered to victims via email without triggering security software.”

MakeUseOf: 8 Google Docs Add-Ons to Improve Your Citation and Bibliography

MakeUseOf: 8 Google Docs Add-Ons to Improve Your Citation and Bibliography. “Referencing isn’t just for academic papers. You can use reliable primary sources to back up your blog posts on science. The tricky part is making sure your citations and bibliography are correct. Fortunately, Google Docs comes with add-ons that help you cite sources and compile them. Here are eight apps that save you time and help you avoid headaches. There are still steps to be taken, but they are easier and faster than they used to be.”

Engadget: Google Docs will let you overlay text on images like it’s 1997

Engadget: Google Docs will let you overlay text on images like it’s 1997. “Google announced some major changes to Workspace at its recent I/O event, including deeper connections between its productivity and chat apps. But, while eye-catching improvements like ‘smart canvas’ could potentially boost collaboration, some of its online tools still lack rudimentary functions. A new update aims to fix that by bringing a feature available on most word processors to Google Docs. Basically, you can now place an image in front of or behind text while editing a document.” Came for the news and honestly? Stayed for the snark.