Neowin: Mozilla and Google stop Kazakh government from intercepting traffic. “Mozilla has announced that it, and Google, have deployed technical solutions within Firefox and Chrome to stop the Kazakh government from intercepting internet traffic inside the country. According to Censored Planet, the government in Kazakhstan began using a fake root CA certificate to intercept HTTPS connections.”
CNET: Lightweight Google Go now available worldwide. “Google’s lightweight Google Go app will now be available globally, Google said Tuesday. At 7MB, the app is a much smaller version of the traditional Google app. It also offers versions of new Google features like Lens and an out-loud page-reader.”
Reuters: Exclusive: Fearing data privacy issues, Google cuts some Android phone data for wireless carriers. “Alphabet Inc’s Google has shut down a service it provided to wireless carriers globally that showed them weak spots in their network coverage, people familiar with the matter told Reuters, because of Google’s concerns that sharing data from users of its Android phone system might attract the scrutiny of users and regulators.”
Google Blog: “Great Sporting Land” tours Australia’s sports-mad history. “Australians have a passion for sports—so much that it was perfectly normal for the Prime Minister to give the entire country the day off when they won a boat race back in 1983. Over generations, Australia’s favorite pastimes have shaped the country’s identity, values and culture. Along with the Melbourne Cricket Club, Australian Football League, National Portrait Gallery and the North Bondi Surf Lifesaving Club, Google Arts & Culture is showcasing the people, moments and places that led Australia to become the ‘Great Sporting Land’ it is today. “
New York Times: State Attorneys General Said to Be Near Formal Investigation of Tech Companies. “The state attorneys general in more than a dozen states are preparing to begin an antitrust investigation of the major tech companies, according to two people briefed on the discussions, increasing pressure on the firms.”
BBC: Google Play app store accused of anti-gay bias. “A popular gay social network has accused Google of discrimination after its app was removed from Google’s Play store several times without warning. Hornet said Google often employed moderators in Malaysia, where same-sex relationships are illegal, to vet apps.”
Digital Trends: Best alternatives to Google’s preinstalled Android apps. “Every Android user out there is used to getting their shiny new Android phone preloaded with a slew of Google apps. From Maps to Gmail, Google’s apps are central to the Android experience. But what if you don’t want to use Google’s apps? Maybe you’re not a fan of how they collect your data, or you want to try something new — don’t fret, there are plenty of other alternatives to choose from. Look no further than our list below.” This was good except suggesting Waze as an alternative to Google Maps – c’mon now.