Google has banned the term “Kodi” from its autocomplete feature, meaning those who look for information on the controversial media playback software will have to type out the full term in order to search, as reported by TorrentFreak. Google has been increasing its anti-piracy efforts in recent years, banning terms from autocomplete and making changes to its search algorithms in order to demote copyright-infringing material… 

https://search.app.goo.gl/xmB6

Over the past few years, we’ve seen a veritable avalanche of security breaches and data leaks, while Congress has passed laws demolishing what little regulation existed to control how ISPs gather and sell your data. This has led many people to look for third-party privacy solutions. Virtual private networks (VPNs) offer a solution to some of these issues by masking one’s browsing habits, but only if the VPNs are themselves secure. New security research suggests many of them aren’t… 

https://search.app.goo.gl/F8Lg

Facebook “has decided not to unveil” its line of connected home speakers, which boast digital assistant and video-chat capabilities, at its developer conference in May because too many people have wised up to the fact said products will probably turn their homes into Mark Zuckerberg-surveilled Panopticons, Bloomberg reported… 

https://gizmodo.com/facebook-yeah-maybe-now-isnt-the-best-time-to-launch-1824132033

After starting with Ubuntu, Microsoft has added a number of Linux distributions to its Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Linux runtime environment. A Windows machine can simultaneously offer an Ubuntu, SUSE, Debian, and Kali “personality,” providing users with a choice of the different distributions’ preferences and package management… 

https://search.app.goo.gl/faVA

Google is getting better at keeping Android malware out of the Play Store, and that’s leading attackers to use more sophisticated disguises for their rogue apps. SophosLabs has proof: it just detailed a recent ad-spawning malware strain, Andr/HiddnAd-AJ, that slipped into Google Play through innocent-looking QR code and compass apps. While that’s nothing new by itself, the malware used a pair of tricks to feign innocence. The hostile code was buried in what looked like a regular Android programming library, and it didn’t kick in until 6 hours after you’ve installed it… 

https://search.app.goo.gl/NFRw

With one accidental click, anyone you email from your Gmail account can see your old Google+ profile.
Open Gmail. Find a message from someone using an @gmail.com address. Hover over their avatar, then click their name when it pops up in blue. Now you’re at their Google+ profile. (You can also get there by clicking their profile pic in Google Hangouts.)… 

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Google is apparently stepping up its efforts to crack down on illicit distribution of Google’s Android apps. According to XDA Developers, Google logins on unlicensed devices will now fail at setup, and a warning message will pop up stating “Device is not certified by Google.” This warning screen has appeared on and off in the past during a test phase, but XDA (and user reports) indicate it is now headed for a wider rollout… 

https://search.app.goo.gl/ePgp