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Google Probing ‘Malicious’ Attack on its Internet Traffic

Google told the Wall Street Journal that users' data was not compromised, adding that "and that the company has no reason to believe that the incident was malicious"

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After several users complained that they were either unable to access Google services like YouTube on Tuesday, the tech giant confirmed the root cause of this was “external” and under investigation.

Internet research firm ThousandEyes, however, claimed that “traffic to certain Google destinations appears to be routed through an ISP in Russia and black-holed at a China Telecom gateway router”.


The disruption in Google services was limited to nearly an hour.

“Throughout the duration of this issue Google services were operating as expected and we believe the root cause of the issue was external to Google,” the company said.

“We will conduct an internal investigation of this issue and make appropriate improvements to our systems to help prevent or minimize future recurrence.”

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A Google logo is seen at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, VOA

According to media reports, G Suite applications like Gmail and Google Drive were not impacted.

Google described the issue as “Google Cloud IP addresses being erroneously advertised by internet service providers other than Google”.

ThousandEyes named China Telecom, Nigerian-provider MainOne and Russian network operator TransTelekom behind this incident.

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“Potential hijack underway. ThousandEyes detected intermittent availability issues to Google services from some locations. Traffic to certain Google destinations appears to be routed through an ISP in Russia & black-holed at a China Telecom gateway router,” ThousandEyes tweeted.

Google told the Wall Street Journal that users’ data was not compromised, adding that “and that the company has no reason to believe that the incident was malicious”. (IANS)

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Google Fellowship Initiative for Journalism Students Opens Applications

Google fellowship in journalism aims to support students of colour

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The Google News Initiative Student Fellowship initiative has opened applications for a 10-12 weeks paid programme for students aspiring to build a career in journalism. Pixabay

The Google News Initiative Student Fellowship initiative, aimed at developing and supporting students of colour who are interested in careers in journalism, has opened applications for a 10-12 weeks paid programme.

The selected fellows will be given a travel payment of $1,000, plus a stipend of $5,000 for the course of the programme which will run from roughly September to December, Google said on Monday, adding that applications close on August 1.

“All fellows, who will have the opportunity to work remotely, will be selected by nine host newsrooms: Eugene Weekly, Houston Press, Isthmus, al Día en America, La Noticia, Vida Newspaper, the Washington Informer, the Omaha Star and the NNPA Newsroom,” Ashley Alese Edwards, U.S. Partnerships Manager, News Lab at Google, wrote in a blog post.

“Fellows will have the opportunity to work on editorial, revenue, and technology projects at the host publications.”

The newsrooms in the US often do not reflect the diversity of the audiences they cover.

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The newsrooms in the US often do not reflect the diversity of the audiences they cover. Pixabay

A 2019 survey by the American Society of News Editors estimates that less than a quarter of newsroom employees identify themselves as a person of colour, compared to the US population, which is 24 per cent. The percentage is even smaller for newsroom leadership.

Google said its News Initiative Student Fellowship programme intends to address the barriers of access to early career opportunities many students of colour face, as well as support investigative journalism, technological innovation, and digital transformation in local newsrooms that serve diverse and underrepresented populations.

“Lack of internship and fellowship opportunities contributes to why many U.S. newsrooms don’t reflect the communities they cover,” Edwards said. (IANS)

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Google Brings Personal Safety Tools for Pixel phones

Google Pixel phones to get new tools for personal safety

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Car crash detection tool willbe seen in Pixel 3 first. Pixabay

Google has announced to bring its personal safety app to all Pixel devices which was limited to just Pixel 4, along with car crash detection tool which is coming to Pixel 3 first.

Other features include scheduling a check-in from the safety app.

“For example if you are about to go on a run or hike alone, safety check will make sure you made it back safely,” Tok Tokuda, technical programme manager for Pixel, wrote in a blog post on Monday.

If you don’t respond to the scheduled check-in, the app will alert your emergency contacts.

“In the event that you need immediate help or are in a dangerous situation, emergency sharing notifies all of your emergency contacts and shares your real-time location through Google Maps so they can send help or find you,” Tokuda informed.

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You can also use Google Assistant to start recordings and automatically get transcripts of recordings in Google Docs. Pixabay

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One can also use Google Assistant to start recordings and automatically get transcripts of recordings in Google Docs.

Google is also improving the adaptive battery functionality.

This feature will improve prediction of when the battery charge will deplete completely, and further reduces app activity in the background. (IANS)

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Stadia Pro Members to Get Six Bonus Games in June, Reveals Google

The game is supposed to be launched on June 16

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Google reveals that Stadia Pro members will get 6 new free games in June. Pixabay

Google has revealed that Stadia Pro members will get six bonus games in June, or twice as many as usual.

Six new games for free with Stadia Pro are Get Packed, Little Nightmares, Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid, SUPERHOT, Panzer Dragoon Remake, and The Elder Scrolls Online,

The game will be launched on June 16 and will be available on the subscription-based game service Stadia immediately, Google said on Friday.

Stadia also brought some big updates to users who use the service via Google’s Chrome browser. The platform added support for wireless Stadia Controller play and 1440p resolution — exclusively for Stadia Pro subscribers.

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The game will be available on the subscription-based game service Stadia immediately, Google said. (Representative Image). Pixabay

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The company also announced 12 existing games that are still available to add to Stadia Pro collection.

Earlier, Google revealed that it will add more than 120 games to its subscription-based game service this year. (IANS)