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Marquez was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer in 1999 and died of pneumonia in April 2014 in Mexico City at the age of 87

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Google celebrates the 91st birthday of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Wikimedia Commons
Google celebrates the 91st birthday of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Wikimedia Commons
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  • Google celebrates the 91st birthday of Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Also known as Gabo, he was a Columbian novelist
  • He was also a Nobel Prize winner

Search engine Google on Tuesday celebrated the 91st birthday of Columbian novelist and Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez with a doodle.

Affectionately known as Gabo throughout Latin America, Marquez is considered as one of the significant authors of the 20th century. He was also a famed short-story writer, screenwriter and a journalist.

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Google honoured Gabo with a doodle. Wikimedia Commons

He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982 for his literary contribution, especially for his short stories and novels.

The doodle highlights the magical city of Macondo which was brought to life by the author is his famous book “A Hundred Years of Solitude”. The book eventually became a bestseller, with more than 30 million copies sold worldwide.

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Some of his other acclaimed books are “The Autumn of the Patriarch”, “Love in the Time of Cholera”, and “Chronicles of a Death Foretold”. His last work “Memories of My Melancholy Whores” was published in 2004.

Born in the year 1927 in Aracataca, Colombia, he has penned over 25 books, transporting readers into a world of magical realism where they find themselves in the lush, humid tropics – mouldering into solitude or being slowly consumed by the throes of passion.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez  is also a Nobel Prize winner. Wikimedia Commons
Gabriel Garcia Marquez is also a Nobel Prize winner. Wikimedia Commons

Marquez’s keen sense of political activism and courage also allowed him to author a number of non-fictional works that eloquently document the times that he lived in, “News of a Kidnapping” is among the most famous of these.

During the Cuban Revolution, Marquez also shared a close friendship with Fidel Castro.

Marquez was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer in 1999 and died of pneumonia in April 2014 in Mexico City at the age of 87. IANS

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Google’s ‘Chat’ service a gift to cybercriminals: Amnesty

RCS is a communication protocol between mobile-telephone carriers and between phone and carrier

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Google Chat is gift cybercriminals. Pixabay

Google’s decision to launch a new messaging service called “Chat” without end-to-end encryption shows utter contempt for the privacy of Android users and has handed a precious gift to cybercriminals and government spies alike, Amnesty International has said.

Communications on the new “Chat” service will not be sent over the Internet but through mobile phone carriers, like SMS text messages, according to reports.

Google Chat is becoming more famous.

In a statement to The Verge this week, a Google spokesperson confirmed that the new service will not use end-to-end encryption and that Google is “pausing investment” in its existing mobile messaging app “Allo” which has an option for end-to-end encryption.

“Not only does this shockingly retrograde step leave Google lagging behind its closest competitors — Apple’s iMessage and Facebook’s WhatsApp both have end-to-end encryption in place by default — it is also a step backwards from the company’s previous attempts at online messaging,” Joe Westby, a technology and human rights researcher at Amnesty International, said on Friday.

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Amnesty International considers end-to-end encryption a minimum requirement for technology companies to ensure that private information in messaging apps stays private. End-to-end encryption is a way of scrambling digital data so that only the sender and recipient can see it.

When it is in place, even the company providing the service is unable to access the content of communications. “Following the revelations by CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden, end-to-end encryption has become recognised as an essential safeguard for protecting people’s privacy when using messaging apps. With this new Chat service, Google shows a staggering failure to respect the human rights of its customers,” Westby said in a statement.

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The Chat is a security threat. VOA

In the wake of the recent Facebook data scandal, Westby said that Google’s decision is not only dangerous but also out of step with current attitudes to data privacy. “Google should immediately scrap it in its current form and instead give its customers a product that protects their privacy,” Westby suggested.

Google is going all in on building the Rich Communication Services (RCS). RCS is a communication protocol between mobile-telephone carriers and between phone and carrier, aiming at replacing SMS messages with a text-message system that is more rich, provide phonebook polling and transmit in-call multimedia. IANS