Man receiving thousands of emails courtesy of Google glitch

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Chances are you heard about the Gmail outage that took place on Friday. But there is something else that happened aside from it. A glitch in Google search is causing David S. Peck, a Hotmail user, to receive thousands of emails from people he does not even know. During the outage, people were frantically searching “Gmail” and when they clicked on the first sublink, they were sent to a window that had Peck’s email address in the “To” input box. Of course, people decided to press Send.
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Google confirmed to not charge OEM licensing fees for Google Mobile Services

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Earlier today, The Guardian ran a story explaining how Google charges a licensing fee for any OEM that wants to include Google’s Mobile Services on their devices. Those services include things like Google Maps, Gmail, and the Play Store, all of which are extremely integral to what most people consider the best Android experience. Reportedly, Google charged about 75 cents per device (75k per 100,000 devices) to OEMs, which could fluctuate slightly depending on the OEM. According to 9to5 Google, however, that’s not actually the case.

A statement made by Google officially said that they do not charge licensing fees for their mobile services. They do still have some steps and guidelines for getting a device approved to ship with Google Mobile Services, but having deeper pockets doesn’t (officially) move things along. It’s a possibility that the fees could refer to some other agreements with OEMs, which Google almost definitely makes, but those aren’t related to Google services.
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Video of color options for Nexus 5 is fake

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Yesterday, a video of color options for the Nexus 5 in the Play Store appeared online. Since, it has been discovered that the photos are fake and have been Photoshopped. There are some other hints in the video as well, as the Play Store behaves differently in the video. When you go to the real product page and try to switch between colors, a separate page opens, with a different URL— nothing changes in the video, signaling that it is fake.

Source: Phone Arena

Google updates news alerts with new features, formatting

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Google users who take advantage of Google’s email alerts based on searches may have noticed a new format that rolled out over the past week. The emails that show up in a user’s inbox incorporate many of the “card” design cues that Google is spreading throughout their services. The format draws more attention to headlines and separates the stories with dividers. 
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Google working on security bug in private event Calendar invites

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Google Calendar appears to have a bug that could create some embarrassing situations for users or even produce a security breach for some users. Through the Google web interface, it has been discovered that invites for private events may be triggered if an email address is included in the title. Users may be familiar with how Google tries to interpret the information in a title if they have ever included time and date info in the field. Including the schedule info will cause Google Calendar to populate those fields even though the data was typed into the title. Apparently Google handles email addresses the same way in some instances, assuming a user wants to invite someone to an event if their email address is in the title.
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President Obama to star in first-ever Presidential Google+ Hangout Road Trip

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Whether or not you are heavy user on Google+, one thing we have to agree on is the Hangouts feature is pretty cool. Hangouts can be just a simple one on one with your friend, or there are a number of on-air live Hangouts that you can check out regularly. Even President Obama has appeared in Hangouts in the past, but Google and the President have something different in store for next week.

After President Obama delivers his annual State of the Union address to Congress, he will “travel” the country in a virtual whistlestop tour on Friday, January 31 via Google+ Hangouts. People from across the United States will get to ask President Obama questions regarding his State of the Union address.


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Chrome exploit allows malicious websites to listen in on you

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Here’s the drawback to Google recently implemented voice recognition into Chrome; malicious websites can utilize that voice recognition to listen in and possibly record you.

Before you freak out, that sounds significantly worse than it actually is. The “exploit,” according to developer Tal Ater, involves a website asking for your permission to use your microphone for whatever purpose. Afterwards, that site can exploit a bug in Chrome’s voice recognition to listen in on you. A site may launch a pop-up to continue listening in even if you’ve closed the tab for that particular site.
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Video shows 8 different color options for Nexus 5

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Are the Nexus 5′s two color options just too boring for you? You may want to keep an eye out for Google to announce a few more colors for the stock Android handset. According to a leaked video showing a new Play Store listing for the Nexus 5, Google may begin selling the Nexus in 8 different color schemes; black, white, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. That’s enough colors that just about anyone should be able to find one that they like.

There’s not much else in the video, but if this is real, it’s definitely going to be a big announcement. Personally, I like the red option. Check out the video below and let us know which color looks the best to you.
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Google found to infringe push notification services patent

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Just like that, out of nowhere, Google was found guilty of five claims of U.S. Patent No 7,025,914 involving push notification services. The patent in question is owned by SimpleAir, an inventor-owned technology licensing company that holds eight issued U.S. patents. The Google services involved are Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) and Android Cloud to Device Messaging (C2DM). These services are used to send instant notifications for Android apps such as Gmail, Facebook, and Twitter.

The verdict took place this past Saturday, January 18th after a week-long trial in Marshall, Texas, and was presided over by the Honorable Rodney Gilstrap. Although the jury found Google guilty on all five claims, they weren’t able to reach a unanimous decision on the amount of damages. It will now be decided by a new separate jury that will hear a limited second trial. SimpleAir is seeking over $125 million in damages.


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