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    Google Files Lawsuit Against MPAA and State Attorney General


    In retaliation for the Motion Picture Association of America’s secret campaign to undermine it, Google has taken legal action against both the MPAA and one of the Attorneys General the MPAA paid to do its dirty work. The campaign, codenamed Goliath, was revealed by leaked documents from the recent Sony hack.
    On Friday morning, Google filed a lawsuit in Mississippi District Court against State Attorney General Jim Hood, accusing Hood of targeting the company with a “burdensome, retaliatory” subpoena that accused Google of violating Mississippi consumer protection law without valid grounds. As the lawsuit puts it, “The Attorney General may prefer a pre-filtered Internet, but the Constitution and Congress have denied him the authority to mandate it.”
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    Google to Introduce Always-On Voice Commands to Chromebooks


    Google voice search has been available on Android smartphones and tablets for a while, and the company is now introducing the function to its Chromebook laptops as an ‘always-on’ function. Included with the latest Chrome OSbuild, the function is operated by the user speaking the phrase “OK Google” before saying the desired search terms out loud. So long as the screen is on and unlocked, the computer will always be listening for the activation phrase.
    Google employee François Beaufort announced the news on Google+. Only users that have access to the Chrome Dev channel can access the new voice command protocol. There is no indication when the function will be made available to all Chrome OS users, but Google isn’t one to take its time when rolling out new features.
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    Google Files Lawsuit Against MPAA and State Attorney General
    É bem feito. Estes gajos da MPAA já andam há muitos anos a abusar tanto dos consumidores como de outras empresas.
    É bom ver que agora vão provar do seu próprio veneno.

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    Marvell and Nvidia are working on processor modules for Project Ara smartphones

    Google on Friday revealed that Marvell Technology Group and Nvidia Corp. are working on application processor modules for upcoming Ara smartphones. Previously a number of companies have publicly expressed support of the project Ara, but no one has revealed any particular plans. The disclosure from Google is generally the first announcement of particular Ara-compatible products.
    Marvell and Nvidia are designing application processor (AP) modules featuring the first-generation Toshiba UniPro bridge ASICs for project Ara Spiral 2 prototype smartphones. The modules feature Marvell Armada PXA1928 (four ARM Cortex-A53 cores, Vivante GC5000 graphics, 2G/3G/4G communications) and Nvidia Tegra K1 (four ARM Cortex-A15/two Nvidia Denver cores, GeForce graphics based on Kepler architecture with 72 stream processors, no baseband capabilities) system-on-chips, but it is unclear what else, apart from APs and bridges, they include.

    While it is nice to see the first AP modules for Google’s project Ara modular smartphones, it should be noted that for now they are only compatible with the Spiral 2 prototypes of the platform. The Spiral 3 prototypes, which are due in Spring, 2015, will reportedly use Toshiba’s second generation UniPro switch and bridge ASICs with a contactless M-PHY data transfer capability (using inductive AC-coupling). It is unclear whether the Spiral 3 prototypes will be compatible with the Spiral 2 hardware.
    Google plans to start sales of the first project Ara smartphones next year. It is unknown whether commercial Ara handsets will be based on the Spiral 2 or the contactless Sprial 3 prototype chassis.
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    Google sues Mississippi attorney general over MPAA ties

    Mississippi Attorney General, Jim Hood, has apparently been giving Google a hard time for the past year and a half, with repeated urges to try and have it block content online. Now though Google is turning the tables on him and suing him for having close ties with the MPAA, as well as violating several key US laws. The suit alleges that he threatened Google with holding it accountable for prescription drug sales online, as well as the distribution of copyright protected content, if it did not remove links he and copyright lobby groups demanded be taken down.
    The straw that broke Google’s back in this instance, was a subpoena that Hood sent the search giant in late October, which attempted to pin all linked to illegal activity being perpetrated by people online, on Google, potentially to seek punitive (and therefore somewhat arbitrarily decided) damages.

    Pictured: Jim Hood. Not a chubby ‘Shooter’ McGavin
    Google however had other ideas and is now countersuing, suggesting that Hood is violating its First Amendment right to freedom of speech, its fourth amendment right to avoid unnecessary searches and seizures and the Communications Decency Act of 1996. It also accuses Hood and the MPAA of trying to rejuvenate parts of the SOPA act, which was halted back in 2012 from being signed into law by a determined global rejection by internet users everywhere. If it had come into play, governments would have been able to force search engines to remove sites that were accused of illegal activity, whether it was eventually proven or not.
    Google alleges that the cooperation between Hood and the MPAA is worrisome because it suggests bias and a willingness to circumvent legal procedures to push through legislation that has already been deemed unnecessary and unpopular by the internet users of the world.
    The search giant has also asked any companies involved with Hood or the MPAA, to preserve any documents related to the SOPA revival or targeting of Google. Those may end up becoming necessary as part of the trial.
    “We regret having to take this matter to court, and we are doing so only after years of efforts to explain both the merits of our position and the extensive steps we’ve taken on our platforms,” said SVP and general counsel for Google.
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    Google looking to partner up with manufacturers for self driving cars

    Google is reportedly looking for manufacturers to partner up with to help create its self-driving cars. So far, Google has produced its own cars but the company had no intention to produce large numbers of them single-handed, as you would probably expect.
    “We don’t particularly want to become a car maker,” Chris Urmson, Director of Google’s self-driving car project said while speaking to The Wall Street Journal. “We are talking with and looking for partners”.
    The director didn’t give away too much information, so we don’t know which car manufacturers Google is currently in talks with but he did confirm that work has begun on a new ‘beta one’ prototype.

    The upcoming ‘Beta One’ car will apparently move the whole project on by three generations over the basic cars we are already familiar with. These cars are set to be road tested early next year and will be designed for use in city centers, being limited to speeds of 25 miles per hour.
    Google will apparently only continue to pursue this project if it can do so with no half measures. The company is insisting on a car entirely devoid of any driver input: “A partially automated car doesn’t help a blind man get lunch or help an aging widow get to her social events.”
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    Bargain-Priced Google Android One Smartphones Expand Further Into Asia

    Back in September, Google released its Android One smartphone in India in an effort to make high-quality smartphones be accessible to as many people as possible. On Monday, Google announced its plan to release the Android One in Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka as part of its initiative to expand further into Asia.

    By releasing in these countries, which have a combined population of over 200 million people, Google is expanding its potential consumer base and will begin to sell Android One smartphones with the help of a range of manufacturers and network partners. Micromax, Karbonn and Spice, and Bangladesh’s own Symphony have partnered with Google and will launch their first Android One.


    “All these devices will give people a high quality mobile experience for an affordable price, running stock-Android with updates from Google,” said Google vice president for product management Caesar Sengupta in a blog post.

    No pricing was given for the three new markets and Google didn’t provide any information for when it plans to launch in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Pakistan.

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    Google will have its self-driving car on California roads next year

    It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas over at Google, with the Mountain View-based search giant unveiling its first real build of its upcoming self-driving car, which will hit the roads of California next year.


    The company has shown off previous builds of its self-driving car, but they weren't exactly production models. They were early mockups at best, with no real headlights - stickers in their place - and a huge exposed sensor on the roof. There are many more prototypes now, each testing out various functions of the self-driving car, with a more refined, real, and functional feel.

    Google has said that it plans to put the car through various tests during the holiday season, and have it on the roads of Northern California in the New Year. This isn't the final product yet, as the company will continue to tinker and tinker until it gets it right.

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    Google adds song lyrics to search results as a way to promote Google Play

    Google search results continue to get smarter and smarter. Now, the world’s most popular search engine will display song lyrics right on the search results page courtesy of its ever-expanding Knowledge Graph.
    All one needs to do is search for a song title plus the word “lyrics” to get results. While much more convenient for searchers, not everyone is happy with Google’s new trick.
    Those that run song lyric websites like azlyrics.com, songlyrics.com and others that rank highly in Google’s search results can no doubt expect to see their traffic decrease moving forward. But the real question is, why is Google even bothering with song lyrics in the first place?
    Truth be told, Google is only displaying a snippet (albeit a sizable snippet) of song lyrics in search results. If a user wants to see the full song lyrics, they are urged to click through to Google Play. Basically what’s going on here is that Google is promoting its own content above third-party sites.
    It appears that Google had been beta testing the new feature for the past few months. Yet without a press release from Google, it’s unclear exactly when it went live to everyone. Most, however, believe the rollout took place within the last few days.
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    Google's latest transparency report includes examples of actual government requests




    Google has released its latest transparency report, revealing that the company received a total of 3,105 government requests to remove 14,637 pieces of content between July and December 2013, down from the 3,846 the search giant received in the first half of the year, but more than in the same period in 2012.
    The Mountain View-based company said the number of requests in the second half of 2013 decreased slightly from the first half after a spike in requests from Turkey (related to unrest there) returned to lower levels. However, that was not the case with some other countries -- the number of requests from Russia increased 25 percent, while those from Thailand and Italy were up as well.
    In total, the number of government requests the company received in 2013 was up nearly 60 percent compared to the prior year.

    “In the second half of 2013, the top three products for which governments requested removals were Blogger (1,066 requests), Search (841 requests) and YouTube (765 requests),” said Trevor Callaghan, Google's Director of Legal, adding that nearly 38 percent of requests cited defamation as a reason for removal, 16 percent cited obscenity or nudity, while 11 percent cited privacy or security.
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    Hotels Seek FCC Approval To Block WiFi Hotspots, Google And Microsoft Have Your Back

    We’ve all encountered this issue. You check into your hotel room and attempt to connect to the complementary Wi-Fi network only to find that it’s slow as molasses, transporting you back to a time when a 56K modem was considered hot stuff. And even when you are forced to pay a daily “Resort Fee” to access Wi-Fi, download speeds typically aren’t much better and really bog down during evening hours.
    Marriott’s Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee came under fire from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) back in October, when an investigation concluded that the resort was installing jamming equipment to block Wi-Fi signals of guests that were using site conference rooms. When hotel guests complained about not being able to using their Wi-Fi hotspots, the hotel offered up its own high-speed Internet services for $250 to $1,000.


    Marriott’s Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center
    The FCC wasn’t impressed, slapped Marriott with a $600,000 fine, and ordered the removal of the jamming devices.
    Naturally, the American Hospitality and Lodging Association (AHLA) sided with Marriott and petitioned the FCC back in August to allow hotels to block personal Wi-Fi hotspots at their leisure. In the petition [PDF], the AHLA claims that future hotel blocking efforts wouldn’t “involve signal jammers, which transmit powerful radio signals that overpower, jam, or interfere with authorized communications,” as were used in Nashville.
    Instead, the AHLA supports the use of “network management equipment” from Aruba Networks and Cisco. The AHLA contends that widespread use of Wi-Fi hotspots can interfere with its own [paid] Wi-Fi services, reducing available bandwidth and download speeds for its guests. The AHLA also says that personal hotspots could be used to hack its internal networks, leading to leaks of sensitive personal information.
    Microsoft and Google, two companies that are usually at odds with one another, are actually in agreement that restricting Wi-Fi is not in the best interests of the public. For its part, Microsoft wrote [PDF] to the FCC:
    A proprietary network operator taking actions in the name of improving its network’s reliability or performance could also leverage these actions to compete unfairly and harm consumers. For example, if a customer arrives at a hotel with her own Mi-Fi device and the hotel interferes with the customer’s connection to that personal hotspot, the hotel can effectively force the customer to purchase the hotel’s Wi-Fi services to gain access, even though the customer has already paid her mobile operator for personal hotspot capability.
    Google also chimed in [PDF], stating that the FCC doesn’t even need to reopen this matter, as the Marriott decision should have shut the door on any future challenges:
    While Google recognizes the importance of leaving operators flexibility to manage their own networks, this does not include intentionally blocking access to other Commission-authorized networks, particularly where the purpose or effect of that interference is to drive traffic to the interfering operator’s own network (often for a fee). Congress directed the Commission to prohibit such willful interference, and the Commission has consistently done so.
    Indeed, the FCC was very clear when it handed down its stiff penalty back in October. “It is unacceptable for any hotel to intentionally disable personal hotspots while also charging consumers and small businesses high fees to use the hotel’s own Wi-Fi network,” said FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief Travis LeBlanc at the time [PDF]. “This practice puts consumers in the untenable position of either paying twice for the same service or forgoing Internet access altogether.”
    As Google and Microsoft both indicate, the only thing that’s changing here is that hotels would no longer use “illegal” jammers to interfere with Wi-Fi communications. But the use of “legal” jammers still doesn’t get around the fact that customers would unable to use a service [without restriction] that they have paid for.


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    China says no to Gmail

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    Chinese authorities are limiting local access to Google services including Gmail.
    Google services including the Gmail email client have crashed and the search engine says that it is not a problem it can fix.
    The Chinese are not saying anything either but there has been am 85 per cent drop in Google traffic from China. This started on 26 December, and grew over the ensuing days. Today it shows connections hovering down on the zero mark.
    Google's transparency report takes some space to explain the current situation in China, and it says there that Google Sites, in general, have been inaccessible for some 1904 days.
    Google Search was killed off in the run up to the anniversary of Tiananmen Square since May.
    YouTube, banned for 2106 days, and Picasa, 1991 days, are also unavailable.
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    Google to expand Google Fiber services to India

    Google is apparently eyeing India, the second largest country in the world, as the next candidate for Google Fiber services. Google is planning to provide fiber broadband services as part of the Digital India program, with a small roll-out planned as a proof-of-concept project. Along with the blazing bandwidth, 100 times faster than normal connections, Google is offering unlimited uploads and downloads, and 1TB of free cloud storage.


    There are several hurdles in the way. Google might have to acquire a telecom licence, which is apparently quite the feat in India, and several large native telecom companies are lining up to oppose the plan. The expansion to India would open a massive market of over 1.2 billion people up for Google, but there are numerous challenges and low internet penetration for the average citizen. The latest numbers from 2013 indicate only 15.1 citizens per 100 have internet access in India, which puts India at number 146 of 211 countries globally.

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    Not satisfied with Gmail, China seems to be blocking Google Search, too



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    It isn't just Gmail. The government of China, which this weekend launched a tweak to its Great Firewall filtering regime that blocked much of mainland China's access to Google's e-mail service, has on Monday cut off access nationwide to Google Search as well, reports one Internet intelligence expert.
    And, says Earl Zmijewski, vice president of data analytics at the New Hampshire firm Dyn, the changes aren't the result of some accidental misconfiguration by a ham-handed government engineer in some backwater office somewhere. "This was deliberate," Zmijewski says. "It was pushed out to the whole country at once.
    Google and the Chinese government have long been at odds, with Google choosing to stop basing operations in mainland China in 2009 in response to Beijing's efforts at censorship. Google has chosen instead to offer services to mainland Chinese using servers located in Hong Kong. (In normal practice, Google attempts to route users to the servers located the closest to them, or otherwise most quickly accessible; a user in New Hampshire, for example, might be routed to New York.) But this week's actions suggest a raising of the Great Firewall specifically to cut that passageway between the Chinese people and Google's services in Hong Kong.

    Credit: Google Transparency Report. (The [1] indicates when China began reducing access in the run-up to the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square demonstrations.)
    Zmijewski says that he began testing China's access to Google Search around 7 a.m. Eastern time, using company services based on the mainland. Between two of those tests, access to Google.com dropped off. The Transparency Report released by Google notes a sharp decline in search traffic from mainland China. "We've checked and there's nothing wrong on our end," a Singapore-based Google spokesperson told Reuters. And a spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that she was not aware that Gmail was being blocked in China.
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    Blame game begins as Gmail access slowly starts returning in China

    Gmail users in China are slowly regaining access to their accounts following a four-day outage. It’s still a work in progress as some are still reporting issues with receiving incoming messages while others remain down completely.
    Google’s Transparency Report reveals a slight uptick in traffic although it’s not near pre-outage levels.
    The issue has left both the Chinese government and Google pinning the blame on one another.
    Google has had a rocky relationship with China for the past six months as a number of the company’s services have experienced disruptions during this time. Many believe the issues stem from the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre although state officials paint a different picture.
    State-run Global Times China points out that Google has run into conflicts with authorities elsewhere, similar to the issues they have with the Chinese government. China said it welcomes to do business with Google but the search giant puts more value in its reluctance to be restricted by Chinese law which results in conflict.
    In a separate publication, Hua Chunying, China’s foreign ministry spokesperson, said he wasn’t aware of any service disruption and that the country would continue to provide an open, transparent and fair environment for foreign enterprise.
    Google, meanwhile, reiterates that they’ve checked the network and there’s nothing technically wrong on their end, something that third-parties have also confirmed appears to be a block at the IP-level.
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    http://www.techspot.com/news/59269-b...returning.html
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