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New research: How to evolve your security for the cloud

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The research shows what many already know: that public cloud adoption is accelerating thanks to increased technical flexibility, simpler scaling, and lower operating costs. What’s exciting is that the research also reveals that many Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) no longer view security as an inhibitor to adoption but instead an opportunity—“In many cases [CISOs] acknowledge that cloud service providers’ security resources dwarf their own,” the authors write—and now these companies are focused on how to best adopt and configure clo... Read More »

Bringing online safety education programs to UK schools

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Last year, we surveyed more than 200 teachers in the UK to learn about their experience with online safety in the classroom. We found that teachers believe children should start learning about online safety at age seven, and 99% of the teachers we spoke to felt that online safety should be part of the curriculum. More than one in three teachers also reported that they’d witnessed an online safety incident (sharing personal information or cyberbullying, for example) in their classroom. However, the majority of the teachers we spoke to said th... Read More »

Partnering with the mobile industry to connect people and businesses with RCS

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Rich messaging for brands Last year we created an Early Access Program to make it easier for brands to start participating in RCS business messaging (the mobile industry's term for rich business-to-consumer messages). Today companies across food, travel, retail and delivery services in the U.S. and Mexico are starting to have better conversations with their customers using RCS as part of our Early Access Program. With RCS, businesses can send more useful and interactive messages to their customers. This means, for example, that a retailer... Read More »

Making it Easier for Organizations and Businesses to Help People during a Crisis

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Today we’re announcing that organizations and businesses can post in Community Help, so that they can provide critical information and services for people to get the help they need in a crisis. We’re beginning to roll out the feature to Pages for organizations and businesses like Direct Relief, Lyft, Chase, Feeding America, International Medical Corps, The California Department of Forestry and Fire and Save the Children and will make the feature available to more in the coming weeks. Enabling organizations and businesses to post in Commun... Read More »

Say hello to a better way to pay, by Google

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The app, which begins rolling out today, is just one part of everything we’ve got planned. We’re currently working on bringing Google Pay to all Google products, so whether you’re shopping on Chrome or with your Assistant, you’ll have a consistent checkout experience using the cards saved to your Google Account. We’re also working with partners online and in stores, so you’ll see Google Pay on sites, in apps, and at your favorite places around the world. As we continue to expand to even more devices and services, the new app offers an exciti... Read More »

It’s easier than ever to travel with Project Fi

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Coverage from Argentina to Zambia Starting today, you can enjoy data coverage in 170 countries and territories. Like always, the data you use abroad costs the same as the data you use at home. You’ll continue to enjoy the same high-speed international coverage, now in more places like Belize and Myanmar. And if you need some extra data when you travel, don’t sweat it—your data is still just $10 per GB or free with built-in Bill Protection. Know before you go Project Fi will now let you know whether you’re covered on your next trip base... Read More »

ABN AMRO Clearing Bank develops alternative for escrow accounts

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With this new service, every individual client of the non-bank organisation gets a bank account with the ABN AMRO Clearing Bank (AACB) via the blockchain. That way, fund flows between the organisation and its clients are included in payment processes under regular supervision, guaranteeing the required transparency. This block chain method drastically reduces administrative costs for the organisation by eliminating escrow account management costs. Fintech Nxchange is the first client to launch this solution, starting in February. Great mark... Read More »

Now on iOS: one-tap access to real-time commute info and places around you

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Last year we updated Google Maps for Android to provide access to helpful everyday info–in real time–at the bottom of the home screen. Now we’ve rolled out that same useful update to Google Maps for iOS as well. Just swipe up and you’ll see three tabs–the explore tab, driving tab and transit tab–that will help you find a nearby restaurant, beat traffic, or catch the next bus. No matter what iOS device you’re using, Google Maps can get you where you’re going and help you explore the world around you. ... Read More »

Looking for Europe’s top entrepreneurs: The 2018 Digital Top 50 Awards

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Now in their second year, the awards are organized, once again, under the patronage of Mr. Carlos Moedas, Member of the European Commission, and supported by strategic partners INSEAD, Ashoka and Tech Open Air. Companies with a digital product or service from the EU and from EFTA countries can apply on the Digital Top 50 website until April 1, 2018. All top 50 companies will receive free tickets and showcase space at Tech Open Berlin on June 20-21 2018, where the final winners in each category will be announced. The winner in the Tech for So... Read More »

Bringing the power of AMP to Gmail

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Today, we’re bringing the power of AMP to email through the Gmail Developer Preview of "AMP for Email." This new spec will be a powerful way for developers to create more engaging, interactive, and actionable email experiences. For example, imagine you could complete tasks directly in email. With AMP for Email, you’ll be able to quickly take actions like submit an RSVP to an event, schedule an appointment, or fill out a questionnaire right from the email message. Many people rely on email for information about flights, events, news, purchase... Read More »

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