The bug, discovered in March during an internal company review, could have allowed outside software developers - or people posing as outside developers - to learn the names, email addresses, occupations, genders and ages of Google+ users. According to an internal memo viewed by the Wall Street Journal, Google feared disclosing the issue would be detrimental to its reputation and draw unwanted regulatory attention. Explaining this bug, Googlesaid, "With this API, users can grant access to their Profile data, and the public Profile information of their friends to Google+ apps. None of these thresholds were met in this instance", wrote Ben Smith, a Google vice president of engineering.
The company is now responding to the incident and has detailed a set of data privacy measures, which includes shutting down Google+ for consumers. "It's that Google's execs knowingly avoided disclosing an issue because they knew it'd invite gov scrutiny & bad PR". Thankfully, according to Google, no developer was aware of the bug, was misusing the Google+ API, or had misused private data from users' profiles. It also said that it would strengthen Android app permission requirements to give users more fine-grained control over their mobile phone data, and that it would make it harder for apps to access sensitive information, like SMS messages and call records.
So a group of the company's executives ruled that the firm should stay quiet about the flaw, and reportedly informed Sundar Pichai, Google's CEO, of their decision. "Given these challenges and the very low usage of the consumer version of Google+, we made a decision to sunset the consumer version of Google+", Google said in the blog announcement.
Google is shutting down the consumer version of Google+ because the social media network isn't worth maintaining, the company said Monday. This method will better secure third party APIs with Google services, allowing for less data to be given to outside applications.
Facebook Portal is Creeping Everyone Out!
Immersive Experiences: Portal also enables shared activities like listening to music together or watching your favourite shows. Portal has two models, a 10-inch unit and a 15-inch one, which can be used easily because it doesn't have to be held.
Samsung Unveils the 4-Camera, Midrange Galaxy A9
Overall, the Galaxy A9 (2018 ) hardware looks quite good for a mid-range smartphone, but the price tag will be a deal breaker. In the meantime, what are your thoughts on the Galaxy A9? The A9 is also packed to the brim with other interesting features.
Ireland will bear the brunt of the storm, but gusts of 80mph are expected in parts of Scotland, with up to 10cm of rain falling. A status Orange warning for wind has been issued for County Galway ahead of Storm Callum tomorrow night.
Xu was indicted Wednesday on four counts of conspiring and attempting to commit espionage and theft of trade secrets. Ji was accused of passing information on eight Americans to Chinese intelligence officers for possible recruitment.
After he was hospitalized , TMZ reported Troyer was placed on a 5150 hold because authorities believed he was suicidal. He managed to call an ambulance to his home and said repeatedly during the emergency call that he wanted to die .
The judge reportedly admitted he finds "no joy" in having to tell a family this news, and Joe continued to press his side. The source also alleged, " Many of Teresa's closest friends wonder why she has stuck by Joe throughout this process".
The department of health says the main symptom to look for is a sudden loss of feeling in arms and legs. "Do more research. Chundi says doctors started seeing AFM cases, as far back as 2014 with a total of 362 nationwide to date.
An editorial titled "Kang flubs it" described her comments as "shortsighted" and said the paper was "dumbfounded" by her remarks. The remark drew criticism from Trump. "They won't do that without our approval", Mr.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 832 points on Wednesday, recording its largest single-day point drop since February. I think the Fed has gone insane ", Trump told reporters on his way to a rally in Pennsylvania. "They're so tight.
This resulted in frequent clashes with the Android community and others but Microsoft is intent on leaving that behind. Microsoft will add almost 60,000 patents to OIN, vastly enlarging its existing pool of 1,300 global patents.
Further threats to global economy include "unsettled" politics and the escalating trade tensions between the USA and China. She said: "We certainly hope we don't move in either direction of a trade war or a currency war".
When I was a kid, my goal has been to be a part of the PGA TOUR . "It is such a pleasure to be here back in Malaysia again". The ace came on the fourth hole, a par three, at the latest stop of the PGA Tour in Malaysia.
Khabib threatens to leave UFC if teammates fired
Apart from Tukhugov, there were at least two more Nurmagomedov team members who were involved in the fight. He went on: "We all understand that it was a provocation and I'm sure your father understands that too".
Borderlands 2 heads to PlayStation VR this year
For VR headset owners on the PC side who may be let down by the PlayStation exclusivity, there is some good news. There are a few other tweaks to make the Borderlands experience come alive under a VR HMD.
Nikkei plunges by over 1000 points in afternoon trading
Asian markets tumbled on Thursday, after Wall Street slumped on a heavy selling of technology and internet stocks. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged more than 800 points, led by sharp declines in technology stocks .
Google Home Hub is Just Another Smart Display
Separately, the Google Home support page has been updated to support playback speed controls for news and podcasts. It's not the first of its kind, as Lenovo already has the Smart Display , which has an identical feature set.
Scottish couple killed during flash floods in Majorca
Trees were torn down as floodwaters swept many cars and trucks into piles of metal and streets were buried under mounds of mud. Emergency services in the Balearic archipelago tweeted that the death toll had risen to 10 and a little boy remained missing.