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Say farewell to ‘Colbert Report’ with a Google Street View studio tour

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The Colbert Report ends on Thursday, as host Stephen Colbert gears up to become the next host of The Late Show. But for those of us who never made it into the studio audience, Google is offering a tiny silver lining.

Adding to its Google Maps Street View collection, the company is making it possible for users to take a virtual tour of the Colbert Report studio. You can click and scroll through the set up to examine it from different perspectives.

There’s a whole assortment of things you’ll recognize from the show, like Colbert’s round desk, the off-to-the-side interview table and fireplace. Flipping the perspective around offers a glimpse of the audience bleachers, from his point of view. (The viewer seating area is surprisingly small, and the chairs don’t look extremely comfortable, either.) Read more…

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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

mrspoonsi writes The proposal was made by the Google developers working on the search firm’s Chrome browser. The proposal to mark HTTP connections as non-secure was made in a message posted to the Chrome development website by Google engineers working on the firm’s browser. If implemented, the developers wrote, the change would mean that a warning would pop-up when people visited a site that used only HTTP to notify them that such a connection “provides no data security”. Currently only about 33% of websites use HTTPS, according to statistics gathered by the Trustworthy Internet Movement which monitors the way sites use more secure browsing technologies. In addition, since September Google has prioritised HTTPS sites in its search rankings.

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You can now control the Nest thermostat with voice commands

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Google’s Nest thermostat owners just got a new hands-free perk: the ability to control the device by voice.

This means the next time you want your home to be warmed to 70 degrees, you can just tell it so, without ever getting up from the couch.

The company announced this week the ability to use voice command service Google Now to change the temperature in the house. But as of now, it only works by using the Google app on an Android device. Users speak into the smartphone’s microphone and the synced app will control the Nest thermostat remotely. Read more…

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Google Strikes Deal With Verizon To Reduce Patent Troll Suits

mpicpp writes Google Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. struck a long-term patent cross-license agreement to reduce the risk of future patent lawsuits, the latest in a string of deals that signal a slowdown after years of aggressive patent wars. The deal effectively bars the companies from suing each other over any of the thousands of patents the companies currently own or acquire in the next five years. It also protects the companies if either sells a patent to another company, and that company attempts a lawsuit. “This cross license allows both companies to focus on delivering great products and services to consumers around the world,” said Kirk Dailey, Google’s head of patent transactions.

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Facebook now auto-enhances photos posted from iPhones

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Facebook is taking a page out of Google+‘s playbook, and is now automatically editing photos posted to the social network from mobile devices.

Smartphones and apps have made photographers out of everyone; the problem is that many of us still don’t have pro-level photo-editing skills. Now, when a Facebook user posts an image using the iOS app, it is automatically “enhanced” for clarity, lighting and shadow. What’s more, they won’t have to decide between individual filters, like on Instagram. The feature launched for iOS on Tuesday, and is coming to Android soon, according to Facebook.

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Google’s Unified Privacy Policy Draws Threat Of $15M Fine In The Netherlands

youtube nl The national data protection authority in the Netherlands has warned Google that it could be fined up to $15 million if it does not make amendments to its privacy policy by the end of February 2015, to comply with Dutch data protection law . Read More

ODF Support In Google Drive

An anonymous reader writes: Google’s Chris DiBona told a London conference last week that ODF support was coming next year, but today the Google Drive team unexpectedly launched support for all three of the main variants — including long-absent Presentation files. You can now simply open ODT, ODS and ODP files in Drive with no fuss. It lacks support for comments and changes but at least it shows progress towards full support of the international document standard, something conspicuously missing for many years.

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ODF Support In Google Drive

An anonymous reader writes: Google’s Chris DiBona told a London conference last week that ODF support was coming next year, but today the Google Drive team unexpectedly launched support for all three of the main variants — including long-absent Presentation files. You can now simply open ODT, ODS and ODP files in Drive with no fuss. It lacks support for comments and changes but at least it shows progress towards full support of the international document standard, something conspicuously missing for many years.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Gmail Now Protects Your Inbox From Malevolent Extensions

gmail A popular service like Gmail inevitably becomes a target for hackers. Over the years, Google has made quite a few security improvements, such as requiring HTTPS connections to prevent others from getting access to your email. Today the company announced that it has implemented support for Content Security Policy (CSP) to prevent cross-site scripting attacks and malevolent browser plug-ins… Read More

The most Googled recipe in Ukraine this year was for Molotov cocktails

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The most Googled “recipe” in Ukraine this year, according to Google’s end-of-year statistics, was for instructions to make a Molotov cocktail

“In 2014 we searched trillions of times,” Google says in its 2014 report, which is available for dozens of countries. “What do these searches say about us?”

For Ukraine, it says the year has been marked by a fiery revolution:

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The top result for Ukrainians who search for Molotov cocktails is the Wikipedia article in Russian on the incendiary device that details its simple makeup: a glass bottle containing flammable liquid and a fuse. Read more…

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