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Google now offers special security program for high-risk users

By Samuel Axon

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Today, Google rolled out a new program called Advanced Protection for personal Google accounts, intended to provide much higher account security to users of services like Gmail and Drive who are at a high risk of being targeted by phishers, hackers, and others seeking their personal data. The opt-in program makes Google services much less convenient to use, but it’s built to prevent the sorts of breaches that have been making recent headlines.

Examples of users who could benefit include journalists, politicians, and other public figures who may be running up against hostile actors with considerable resources—and also for private individuals in dangerous situations, like those escaping abusive relationships. In its blog post announcing this program, Google specifically named “political campaign managers,” which harkens back to the breach of Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign Chairman John Podesta’s e-mails, which led to a release from WikiLeaks that may have played a significant role in the US presidential election last year.

And yes, Podesta could have avoided that particular breach had he been using this new program. That’s because the Advanced Protection Program goes beyond digital two-factor authentication by requiring a physical security key in addition to your password to log in. This isn’t a new idea, of course, even on the consumer side of things. Facebook has offered something similar, and even video game company Blizzard has offered one to gamers who want to protect their World of Warcraft accounts for years. In this case, the security key is a USB stick or wireless Bluetooth device that works with FIDO Universal 2nd Factor (U2F).

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Google Has Apparently Placed Orders for a Detachable Pixelbook

By Radu Iorga

Google is expanding its format variety for the recently announced Pixelbook and it would appear that this time they’re going with with a detachable model. The device already had a 360 degree foldable touchscreen, but you couldn’t take it apart.

Sources from the supply chain are now mentioning a version made by Quanta Computer that will allow this detachment. Quanta has declined to comment on the orders or clients. Google debuted the Pixelbook last week, with the Pixel 2 phones and it should hit the market soon. The whole idea of a Chromebook Pixel came to life in 2013 and the second generation arrived in 2015.

Google has been working in the meantime with brand vendors like Acer, ASUS, Lenovo and Samsung to make a big push for the Chromebooks in the education segment. They have succeeded, judging by the simple fact that 58% of mobile devices in the K12 education sector ran Chrome OS in 2016. Windows had a 22% share and iOS 14%. Lately though, Chromebooks have been getting pricier and better specced, although not exactly on par with Windows 10 models.

We now learn that Google may be paying Quanta to make a detachable Pixelbook with a 12 inch touchscreen. It’s not yet clear if it will keep the specs or not, but we may expect a midrange or even entry level version of it, as Google itself has teased.

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Google/HTC deal is official, Google to acquire part of HTC’s smartphone team

By Ron Amadeo

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The Google and HTC deal is official, it’s just not quite what we were expecting. Google isn’t buying HTC outright, à la Motorola, but is instead Google and HTC have “signed an agreement” to send some of HTC’s employees over to Google, while HTC gets a $1.1 billion dollar cash infusion. The deal also includes a “non-exclusive license” for HTC’s intellectual property.

HTC is still an independent company, and will still manufacture smartphones. Google is just acquiring some of HTC’s employees for its hardware team, but it won’t be getting any factories.

On Google’s side, the deal was announced by SVP of Hardware and former Motorola CEO Rick Osterloh. In a blog post, Osterloh says, “With this agreement, a team of HTC talent will join Google as part of the hardware organization. These future fellow Googlers are amazing folks we’ve already been working with closely on the Pixel smartphone line, and we’re excited to see what we can do together as one team.”

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Motorola redux? Google appears set to buy HTC

By Ron Amadeo

Enlarge / The all-glass back of the HTC U11. (credit: Ron Amadeo)

Evidence is mounting that Google is going to buy HTC. Bloomberg’s Tim Culpan is reporting HTC shares will halt trading tomorrow pending a “major announcement” from the company. The speculation is that the struggling smartphone and VR headset company is going to be sold, and further speculation suggests the buyer is Google.

The “Google to buy HTC” rumors have been churning for some time. The local Taiwan media has been reporting whispers of talks between the two companies since the beginning of September, and one site, Apple Daily, is reporting that the sale is already a done deal.

So what would Google want with HTC? Any tech watchers’ mind should immediately jump to the last time Google bought a failing Android OEM: its acquisition of Motorola. Along with a ton of patents, Google got a bunch of factories dedicated to producing smartphones and other products. It sold off the parts it didn’t want, like the cable modem business, and then it set about whipping Motorola into shape. After clearing the 18-month product pipeline the old Motorola execs left in place, Motorola turned into one of the better Android OEMs out there, offering stock Android, fast updates, and a simple lineup of about three main phones across the pricing spectrum. Google eventually got rid of Motorola, though, probably as a result of negotiations with other Android OEMs.

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Google Pixelbook Leaks, Seems Like a High End Chromebook; Stylus included

By Radu Iorga

Google has a major event scheduled for October 4th, where they’ll unveil the new Pixel 2 phones. It appears they will also bring a new Pixelbook laptop, that has just leaked via the pics below. We also have details about the product below.

This Chromebook is known as the Pixelbook and it’s going to come in 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB storage flavors. The prices are $1199, $1399 and $1749 respectively. The bulk of the devices’ details isn’t known yet, but we’ve heard that it will fold into a tablet device.

Google will also offer a Pixelbook Pen, a $99 stylus with lots of pressure levels. Tilt support is also here. Google has already launched two Pixel-branded Chromebook laptops in 2013 and 2015, but none in 2016. They will be high priced models, that will rival the Surface Pro and iPad Pro.

The stylus seems rather Apple Pencil-inspired, being a bit more massive than usual and it has its own button. The way the screen hooks to the keyboard is rather bizarre in format, but not atypical for Google. I wonder who the OEM is, but my bet is Huawei.

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