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A weird glitch is making Google hardware devices get stuck in sleep mode and then overload WiFi networks with data

Several of Google's hardware devices, including the popular Chromecast video streaming dongle and the new top-of-the-line smart speaker, appear to suffer from a glitch that can temporarily freeze a consumer's home wireless network. Numerous owners of the devices have recently reported experiencing WiFi network issues, and several tech blogs say Google is to blame. On Tuesday, a maker of...
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What Happened to Google Fiber?

For a long time, Google Fiber was the most exciting broadband provider out there. Cities wanted it, tech people drooled over it; and on a loftier level, it even promised to help bridge the “digital divide” between rich and poor. But now, things are looking bleak: Yesterday, Bloomberg reported that Google Fiber is being scaled back dramatically (again) as it named Greg McCray its new CEO, with...
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Dangerous New Gmail Phishing Attack Gaining Steam

One of the best ways to tell if a website that is asking for your username and password is genuine or not is to look at the address bar in your browser that points to the site's true origin. But sometimes that simple precaution isn't enough. A case in point is a dangerous phishing technique targeting Gmail users that first surfaced about one year ago but has begun gaining steam in recent...
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Google Chrome to block auto-playing Flash ads starting September 1

Google has a set a date of September 1 for when its Chrome browser will block all Flash content that isn't "central to the webpage." Flash content, such as ads or auto-playing videos on non-video websites, will be automatically paused by default—but you can click to play them if you wish. Embedded video players on sites like YouTube and Vimeo will still work, of course. The Flash-blocking...
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Google launches YouTube Gaming to challenge Amazon-owned Twitch

YouTube has launched a dedicated service for gamers, YouTube Gaming, in an attempt to compete with Twitch, the live streaming company it tried to buy last year. The move sees Google, which owns YouTube, going head to head with rival tech giant Amazon, which bought Twitch for almost $1bn, as the companies fight for dominance of the fast-growing games streaming market. YouTube Gaming will be...
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