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Android’s backup feature means Google knows most of the world’s WiFi passwords

Android’s backup feature means Google knows most of the world’s WiFi passwords

As shipment numbers have shown many times, vast quantities of the technology-using public own or have owned an Android smartphone or an Android tablet, and as such have used Google's operating system to log onto their own and likely other WiFi networks. What isn't so commonly known is that those WiFi passwords are stored by Google as part of its backup feature, giving Google the passwords to many of the world's wireless networks.

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Street View legal appeal rejected, Google held liable under Wiretap Act

Street View legal appeal rejected, Google held liable under Wiretap Act

Google has been in hot water since it was revealed that it had harvested data, such as user names and email addresses, from wireless networks. The Internet giant sought to have the lawsuit against it dismissed, saying that claims it had violated the Wiretap Act weren't valid, something an appeals court in the US ultimately did not grant, regardless of the fact that the wireless networks were unsecured.

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Yahoo and Facebook chase US surveillance freedom as Google demands transparency

Yahoo and Facebook chase US surveillance freedom as Google demands transparency

Facebook and Yahoo have petitioned the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) for permission to reveal how many personal data requests are made by the government, joining Google and Microsoft in taking a stand against secret snooping. The new suits, which join an amended Google transparency petition the search engine filed today, see Facebook and Yahoo voice concerns that they are unable to give any greater detail on what user information is disclosed in the name of national security than the raw overall numbers.

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Google Glass MyGlass app update allows remote control

Google Glass MyGlass app update allows remote control

If you're the sort of person that's on the fence about working with Google Glass simply because you don't want to have to put your finger up to the side of your head to tap around its controls, you're in luck. Today there's an update to the Google-made MyGlass app in the Google Play store, ready for your Android device. This update to the Android app allows you to remotely control the Google Glass user interface straight from your handset or tablet - easy as pie.

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Google Glass to get own app store in 2014

Google Glass to get own app store in 2014

Those who have been wishing for an earlier release date for Google's popular wearable computer might indeed have to wait longer for all the necessary pieces to fall into place. A Google spokesperson has confirmed that a dedicated app store for the Google Glass won't be available until next year, so it would make very little sense to release it for public consumption before then.

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Google “My Answers” brings Google Now personalized results to search

Google “My Answers” brings Google Now personalized results to search

Google has supercharged its search page, hooking in Gmail, Google Calendar, Drive, and Google+ information into "My Answers" so that users can simply ask for personal flight information, photos from particular trips, or reservations at hotels and restaurants. The new functionality - which effectively mines data from personal accounts - has been borrowed from Google Now, the search giant's contextual service on Android and iOS devices, and Google Glass.

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Google Glass exploit hacked wearable with QR codes

Google Glass exploit hacked wearable with QR codes

Google has quietly patched a Glass security exploit that could have allowed hackers to take control of the wearable by showing it a QR code, the researcher who identified the flaw tells SlashGear. The exploit, discovered by Marc Rogers, Principal Security Researcher at Lookout Mobile Security, took advantage of Glass' streamlined setup process that saw the camera automatically - and transparently to the wearer - spot QR codes in images and use them to trigger WiFi connections and other configurations. By creating malicious codes, and hiding them in images, Rogers was able to get Glass to connect to a compromised network, show details of all network traffic from the wearable, and even take full remote control.

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Google publishes Glass FAQ as latest round of invites wrap up

Google publishes Glass FAQ as latest round of invites wrap up

Google began sending out invitations for its #ifihadglass round of the Google Glass Explorer program, and though it has been a few weeks, some participants are still awaiting their invitations. Google posted a small update on its Google+ page today, saying that the program is coming to a close as the company begins looking at other ways to expand it. In light of some of the questions that have been raised as a result, Google has published some rather extensive Glass FAQ.

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