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(via Engadget)

With this month’s security update, Google did roll out a "supplemental" firmware fix for Dirty COW across Nexus and Pixel devices. Plus, Samsung released a patch for its devices this month, according to Threatpost. An official Android patch for the Dirty COW issue is expected to land in December.

Oester, the researcher who discovered the flaw, told V3 that it’s "trivial to execute, never fails and has probably been around for years." Dirty COW is sophisticated, and Oester said he was only able to catch it because he had been "capturing all inbound HTTP traffic and was able to extract the exploit and test it out in a sandbox."

"I would recommend this extra security measure to all admins," Oester said.

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2016-11-07_0919Earlier this year, Google announced its plans to bring Android Auto, its phone-centric in-car infotainment platform, “to every car” by launching it as a stand-alone Android app, too. It’s taken a while, but the company today launched an update to the Android Auto app for — well — Android that makes good on this promise. Even if your car isn’t Android Auto compatible, you can now get all the benefits of Android Auto without the cost of a new mid-size sedan.

So what’s the point of that? Android Auto on the phone provides you with a… Continue reading

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Amazon Web Services is vastly overpowering its competition in the cloud computing market, says Synergy Research Group.

In its latest quarterly analysis, the market research firm says that AWS accounted for 45% of the revenue generated by public "infrastructure as a service" (IaaS) providers.

IaaS is the cloud market that Amazon helped to pioneer. It’s where companies rent computers and storage over the internet, only paying for what they use.

In the IaaS market, AWS is bigger than the next three players combined, which are Microsoft, Google… Continue reading

(via Brisbane Times)

When Google bought the advertising network DoubleClick in 2007, Google founder Sergey Brin said that privacy would be the company’s "number one priority when we contemplate new kinds of advertising products."

And, for nearly a decade, Google did in fact keep DoubleClick’s massive database of web-browsing records separate by default from the names and other personally identifiable information Google has collected from Gmail and its other login accounts.

Google has long held that its ad data would be kept separate from user's personal data, but that changed this year.
Google has long held that its ad data would be kept separate from user’s personal data, but that changed this year. Photo: AP

But this year, Google quietly… Continue reading

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The DeepMind artificial intelligence (AI) being developed by Google’s parent company, Alphabet, can now intelligently build on what’s already inside its memory, the system’s programmers have announced. An anonymous reader writes: Their new hybrid system — called a Differential Neural Computer (DNC) — pairs a neural network with the vast data storage of conventional computers, and the AI is smart enough to navigate and learn from this external data bank. What the DNC is doing is effectively combining external memory (like the external hard drive where all your photos get stored) with the neural network approach of AI,… Continue reading

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