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Google is giving researchers money—up front, no strings attached— to find security bugs

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Google is planning to pay independent security researchers — no strings attached — to help find security vulnerabilities in its products.

Google’s has had a “Security Rewards Program,” which financially rewards security researchers who discover Google vulnerabilities, since 2010. This new program differs because the researchers are given the money before they even begin working, and there’s no penalty for not finding anything.

As a bonus to the grant, researchers are still eligible for regular financial rewards if they do happen to disclose or fix a zero-day bug. The program is intended for Google’s “top performing, frequent vulnerability researchers as well as invited experts,” so this isn’t aimed at amateur hackers. Google’s treating the program as an experiment and is placing trust in the researchers based on their track records. Read more…

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Google Now Gets Upgraded With Cards From Your Favorite Apps

Screen Shot 2015-01-30 at 3.35.45 PM Google Now, Google’s service focused on bringing you real-time information to your mobile device – including things like traffic updates, scores, stock changes, travel times, your flight status, and much more – is getting a notable update today. The company says that, going forward, the Google app will show users updates from their favorite apps, too.
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Google misses on Q4, but investors shrug it off

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Google ended 2014 with a whimper, at least in Wall Street’s eyes

The search giant missed analysts’ estimates for its fourth quarter, prompting a 4% drop in the stock in after-hours trading at one point, though it later leveled off and was essentially flat

The company reported earnings per share of $6.91 versus the $7.08 that analysts had expected. Revenues came in at $18.1 billion, which was short of the expected $18.46 billion. Paid clicks — clicks on ads on Google’s and its partners’ sites — jumped 11% over the third quarter

Cost-per-click also fell 3% over the third quarter for ads served on Google sites and those of its members. Among Google sites only, cost-per-click dropped 8% compared to the same period Read more…

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Google Misses On EPS Of $6.88, Revenue Of $14.5B For Q4 2014

google-earnings2 Google reported its third-quarter earnings after close of market today, offering up gross revenue of $18.10 billion, revenue net of traffic acquisition costs (ex-TAC) of $14.5 billion, and non-GAAP earnings per share (EPS) of $6.88, with GAAP EPS of $6.91.
Wall Street watchers had anticipated $7.13 non-GAAP EPS, with revenue of $14.8 billion. One of the key metrics to watch this quarter was… Read More

Google Offering 24 Hours Of Inbox Invites On The Day Of Outlook’s iOS Launch

Google Inbox Google is serving up its longest ever period of guaranteed invites for Inbox, its alternative mobile email app built by the Gmail team. The official Gmail account tweeted the announcement today (which was then retweeted by the official Inbox profile), noting that anyone who emails inbox@google.com from a personal Gmail account between 12 PM ET today and 12 PM ET tomorrow will receive an… Read More

Koru Raises $8M Series A Round For Its Talent Marketplace

Koru is a Seattle-based talent marketplace that helps college grads find jobs at tech companies by putting them through an intensive business program. As the company today announced, it has raised an $8 million Series A round led by Maveron, with participation from new investors City Light Capital and Trilogy Equity Partners, as well as existing investors Battery Ventures and First Round. Read More

Google Wallet Goes International: Gmail P2P Money Transfer Now Live In The UK, Silent On Payments

google wallet UK Google Wallet — the search giant’s payments business that competes against PayPal and Apple Pay, among others — is today taking its first step outside of the U.S., in the form of money transfers. Users in the UK will now be able to send money to each other by way of an “attachment” in Gmail. Google tells us that the feature should be live today for 10-20% of… Read More

Microsoft’s Office For Android Tablets Comes Out Of Preview

PowerPoint Hero Landscape Last November, Microsoft launched a beta of its free Office apps for Android tablets and announced that it would make them generally available for Android tablets in early 2015. It’s now early 2015 and today Microsoft is living up to its promise by launching Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Android tablets. The updated apps should arrive in the Google Play store over the course of the next… Read More

Amazon WorkMail Takes On Microsoft And Google For Enterprise Email And Calendars

aws_logo Amazon has a new product called WorkMail debuting today (via Forbes), which is an email and calendaring service that aims to provide those tools for corporate customers. The tech is based on Amazon Web Services, and aims to best the reigning champs (which include Microsoft, and to a lesser extent, Google) in terms of ease of use and security. Read More

Google’s epic space documentary hits YouTube

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The future of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s television science series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey may be up in the air, but in the meantime, Google is providing its own special effects-laden documentary to tide you over

Titled ‪Back To The Moon For Good – The New Space Race, the mini-documentary is meant to give additional background on the company’s Lunar XPrize contest, which is designed to inspire competing teams to land a spacecraft on the moon.

Narrated by film and television star Tim Allen, the 24-minute film was adapted for YouTube from the immersive planetarium show that toured the U.S. last year. The film takes viewers through the entire history of lunar exploration, using 3D imagery, colorful infographics and well-designed animations that put you right in the middle of the action Read more…

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