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Google Offering $20K for Chrome Pwn2Own Hack

"CanSecWest takes place on March 9 and as usual, there’ll be the annual Pwn2Own hacking contest. However, this year there’s a new platform on the block -- Google’s Chrome OS -- and the search giant is happy to encourage participants to give it all they’ve got. ZDNet reports that Mountain View is offering a prize of $20,000 for the first person to crack its Chrome OS notebook via a vulnerability and sandbox escape in the Chrome browser."

Google: Bing copied our search results

"Search outfit Google accused Microsoft’s Bing of copying Google’s search results. Apparently, Google’s engineers set up random results for certain terms. Among them was ‘hiybprqag’, a gibberish word pointing to a Los Angeles theater seating plan. Google said that their results started appearing in Bing within few weeks. Google officially stated that they do not mind honest competition but obviously had a thing or three to say about Microsoft."

Google Hiring Spree Will See Over 6,000 New Workers in 2011

"Mercury News reports that Google announced this week that it would hire at least 6,000 workers in 2011. If it hits that number, 2011 will be the second biggest year for new hires in the history of Google. The company also says that about 2,000 of those new hires will be in and around its Bay Area HQ in California."


One of these guy could be your new boss in 2011.

An update from the Chairman

"We are confident that this focus will serve Google and our users well in the future. Larry, Sergey and I have worked exceptionally closely together for over a decade—and we anticipate working together for a long time to come. As friends, co-workers and computer scientists we have a lot in common, most important of all a profound belief in the potential for technology to make the world a better place. We love Google—our people, our products and most of all the opportunity we have to improve the lives of millions of people around the world..."
 

Google's Stunning Voice Translation App

"Through Google's work into translation and voice recognition, the company today released a new version of Google Translate for Android that features a conversation mode that allows English and Spanish speakers to communicate to one another in their native tongues via the app. While it's not quite like having a Babel Fish in your ear just yet, it's clearly a significant step in that direction." | more

Google Bets On WebM vs. H.264 Video

"Google states: “Specifically, we are supporting the WebM (VP8) and Theora video codecs, and will consider adding support for other high-quality open codecs in the future. Though H.264 plays an important role in video, as our goal is to enable open innovation, support for the codec will be removed and our resources directed towards completely open codec technologies." | more

VIDEO: Google Shows Off Honeycomb/Android 3.0

"Today at the Consumer Electronics Show, Google previewed Android 3.0 and informed us that we can expect an improved Web browser, refined multi-tasking, elegant notifications, access to over 100,000 apps on Android Market, home screen customization with a new 3D experience, and redesigned widgets that are richer and more interactive..." | more

Google's Donating Money for Every Tab You Open

"Google has partnered with five charities for Chrome for Cause. These are The Nature Conservancy, Doctors without Borders, Charity: Water, Room to Read, and Un Techno para mi País. To contribute, all you have to do is download the Chrome for a Cause extension for Chrome and start opening tabs. Google is only running the program from December 15 through to December 19 and it's capped at $1 million so be sure to get moving on this as soon as possible for maximum warm and fuzzy feelings.

Google explores the human body with HTML5

"Google showed off the app at the WebGL Camp. WebGL is a cross-platform low-level 3D graphics API that is designed to bring plugin-free 3D to the web. It uses the HTML5 Canvas element and does not require Flash, Java or other graphical plugins to run. If you visit bodybrowser.googlelabs.com in a supported web browser, you'll get a three-dimensional layered model of the human anatomy that you can zoom in on, rotate and search.

Google: We'll find info before you know you need it

"Google is working on a service that finds information before a user has even started looking for it. Forget Google Instant, this is about pre-emptively pushing data at users before they know they need it, said Marissa Mayer, Google's VP of geographic and local services, who was speaking at the LeWeb internet conference in Paris this week." | more

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