Google said it will pay security researchers who find “verifiably and unambiguous evidence” of data abuse using its platforms.
It’s part of the company’s efforts to catch those who misuse user data collected through Android apps or Chrome extensions — and to avoid its own version of a scandal like Cambridge Analytica, which saw millions of Facebook profiles scraped and used to identify undecided voters during the U.S. presidential election in 2016.
Google said anyone who identifies “situations where user data is being used or sold unexpectedly, or repurposed in an illegitimate way without user consent” is eligible for its expanded data abuse bug bounty.
“If data abuse is identified related to an app or Chrome extension, that app or extension will accordingly be removed from Google Play or Google Chrome Web Store,” read a blog post. “In the case of an app developer abusing access to Gmail restricted scopes, their API access will be removed.” The company said abuse of its developer APIs would also fall under the scope of the bug bounty.
Google said it isn’t providing a reward table yet but a single report of data misuse could net $ 50,000 in bounties.
News of the expanded bounty comes in the wake of the DataSpii scandal, which saw browser extensions scrape and share data from millions of users. These Chrome extensions uploaded web addresses and webpage titles of every site a user visited, exposing sensitive data like tax returns, patient data, and travel itineraries.
Google was forced to step in and suspend the offending Chrome extensions.
Instagram recently expanded its own bug bounty to include misused user data following a spate of data incidents,
Oppo VP Brian Shen took to Weibo today to unveil the company’s foldable phone concept. It looks like the same kit used by Huawei and it’s unclear if Oppo will release the device. Shen notes the company doesn’t think a foldable phone improves the user experience, which is why the company is hesitant to move the device into production.
This is a smart move from the Chinese phone company.
Oppo VP Brian Shen says the company is observing the response from consumers before releasing its foldable phone to consumers.
Samsung and Huawei touted their foldable phones as the next great thing while the general response has been tepid at best. Foldable phones, at their core, offer the same features as standard phones and rely on the imagination of the user to create a killer use case. And without a killer use case, foldable phones will never take off.
A recent update is bringing an improved user interface to older Tesla vehicles. According to this report citing forum users, the v8.1 (2018.14) update improves the speed and capability in Model S and Model X vehicles equipped with an Nvidia Tegra 3-powered MCU. This was expected; Elon Musk stated in late December 2017 that Tesla was working to improve the browser for all its vehicles.
Users discovered the browser speed is dramatically faster, able to download at an average of more than 5 Mbps. HTML5 capabilities also improved. This is just the latest in Tesla’s ongoing mission to improve its vehicles after customers buy them.
Tesla launched the Model S with the Tegra 3 SoC and ran with it until late 2017, when the company switched to new x86_64-powered MCUs. Last month, Elon Musk confirmed through Twitter that it was possible to retrofit older vehicles with new MCUs.
Yes, you can upgrade hardware, although we also wrote software to accelerate rendering on old MCU. Coming out soon & makes a big diff.
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