Warning: The free version of Google Meet will enforce time limits soon (Mashable)

Mashable: Warning: The free version of Google Meet will enforce time limits soon . “The free version of Google Meet has been a godsend for some people during the COVID-19 pandemic, but all that’s golden is never real. Google released a free version of its business-focused video call app earlier this year, which allowed for more people in a call than Hangouts, its other video chat app.”

CanIndia News: Now see up to 49 people, including yourself, in Google Meet

CanIndia News: Now see up to 49 people, including yourself, in Google Meet. “Google has introduced a new feature in its Meet app where the users can now see up to 49 people at the same time in the auto and tiled layout options. In addition, the company has added the ability to see the host of the meeting as a tile on the call.”

Neowin: Google Meet to add 49-user tiled layout, background blur, and more for education users

Neowin: Google Meet to add 49-user tiled layout, background blur, and more for education users. “Google is announcing a few new features for Meet that will roll out later this year, which are mainly geared towards G Suite education customers. The new features include added capabilities for admins and moderators, the ability to replace or blur backgrounds, larger tiled view to accommodate more participants in a video call, and more.”

Lifehacker: Use These Extensions To Trick Out Google Meet

Lifehacker: Use These Extensions To Trick Out Google Meet. “Google Meet is now free for everyone to use. The search giant has finished its rollout, and anyone with an email address—a Gmail address, that is—can use it to hold free video chats. Meet isn’t as fully-featured as other video chat apps, but a few useful browser extensions can add in much-needed functionality. Oh, and they’re free, too.”

The Verge: Hackers are impersonating Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Meet for phishing scams

The Verge: Hackers are impersonating Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Meet for phishing scams. “Hackers have registered domains posing as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Meet-related URLs, according to a new report from Check Point Research. As significantly more people are using these videoconferencing services during the COVID-19 pandemic, the domains could be used to pose as official links, potentially tricking people into downloading malware or accidentally giving a bad actor access to personal information.”

Sydney Morning Herald: Google races to replace Zoom as live video app of choice

Sydney Morning Herald: Google races to replace Zoom as live video app of choice. “Google says its Meet service is more secure because it’s a part of the company’s existing portfolio of accounts and services, which is subject to stringent security testing. The Meet service has, until now, been offered as part of the company’s G-Suite services that businesses and schools pay for. However, Google has now started rolling it out gradually to everyone with a personal or business Google account.”

Neowin: Google’s Hangouts Meet is being rebranded to Google Meet

Neowin: Google’s Hangouts Meet is being rebranded to Google Meet. “Google Hangouts has been dying a slow death. It was first reported that the service was going away in late 2018. ‘Classic’ Google Hangouts was meant to be phased out in October, but that was delayed until June, and it’s meant to be replaced with Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat. As it turns out, the Hangouts brand isn’t working out, and Hangouts Meet is becoming Google Meet.”