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Google Celebrates The Legacy Of Eddie Mabo

If you head over to Google’s home page today, you’ll see a portrait to honour what would have been Indigenous land rights campaigner Eddie Mabo’s 80th birthday.

Mabo, among many other achievements, was the driving force behind abolishing the “terra nullius” (meaning “nobody’s land”) laws used by the British to claim Australian land, despite at least 50,000 years of Aboriginal history on the continent.


Chrome Bug Makes It Easy To Download Movies From Netflix

For the past decade, Hollywood’s battle against online pirates has been mainly been focused on leaked DVD screeners and illegal streaming sites. Now a pair of security researchers say that they have discovered a vulnerability in the Google Chrome browser that allows people to save illegal copies of movies from streaming sites like Netflix and Amazon Prime.


Google Maps Gets A High-Res Satellite Photo Update

Have you taken a look at the terrain view in Google Maps recently? It’s prettier than ever, with updated imagery from the USGS Landsat 8 satellite showing truer colours and more detail, with a new algorithm searching through a petabyte — 1000 terabytes, 1,000,000 gigabytes — of imaging data for cloud-free photos.


Report: Google Wants To Release Its Own Phones By End Of Year

Finally, the rumour we’ve been waiting for: Google is working on its own line of smartphones that could be available by the end of the year.


Google Could Be Considering A 'Chromebook Pro': Report

In computing, the word “Pro” is synonymous with Apple. And Microsoft. And a bunch of other gadget and software companies looking to give their products a premium edge. This includes Google, which may be investigating the demand for a “Chromebook Pro”.


Worried About Self-Driving Cars? There's Something You Can Do About That

For three years I’ve been writing at least once a week about self-driving cars and I’ve recently noticed a shift in popular opinion. The wide-eyed optimism of seeing Google’s cute-as-a-button robot bopping unassisted around a parking lot has been replaced by some ambiguous, malicious, unknowable entity.


Tech Giants Quietly Automating Process To Remove Extremist Content From Sites

The technology that was designed to remove videos from the internet with copyrighted content could be used for good, according to a report from Reuters. That use? To fight extremism.


Google's AI Safety Rules Are Way More Boring Than Asimov's 

Good news, everyone: Google is looking out for us! It doesn’t want a cleaning robot to knock over grandma’s vase.


The 10 Coolest Google Now On Tap Tricks

Now on Tap was launched as an extra on top of Google Now last year, and frankly, it was kind of a dud. The feature was slow, unhelpful, and generally pretty annoying. But since its release, Google has been quietly pushing out dozens of new features and tweaks. If you haven’t checked it out in a while, it’s probably time you go back and revisit the feature. Here are 10 great ways you can start making use of the new features Google Now on Tap.


How Google Is Fixing A Fatal Security Flaw

Google is making the best security feature, two-step verification, a little bit easier to use. This week, the company announced that it’s switching out the annoying (and hackable) six digit code with a simple “yes” or “no” button. This is a great move.


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