Google on Friday announced search engine upgrades that included alerting people to hacked Web sites that make it into query results.
“We’ve added new notifications to the results page to warn you when sites may have been compromised, spammed or defaced,” Google director of product management Mike Cassidy said in a blog post. “In addition to helping users, these notices will also help webmasters more quickly discover when someone is abusing their sites.”
Google added automated tools designed to detect signs of hacking and then pin warnings reading “This site may be compromised” beneath potentially tainted entries in search results, according to Cassidy.
“Rest assured, once the problem has been fixed, the warning label will be automatically removed from our search results,” Google associate product manager Gideon Wald said.
The Mountain View, California-based Internet giant also added new languages and domains to its “Instant” search feature that delivers suggested results with each key stroke of a query.
Google’s translation service was given upgrades that include providing alternatives as to what the intended meaning of phrases might be.
Meanwhile, EU regulators said on Friday they have accepted the complaints of three more parties in their antitrust investigation against the online search engine.
German competition authorities had “transferred to the [European] Commission the parts of their -investigation that overlapped” with the Commission’s probe, European Commission spokeswoman Amelia Torres said.
The step was procedural “and does not constitute a deepening of the scope of the investigation,” Torres said.
Last month, the commission said it was investigating whether Google discriminated against competitors in the rankings of its search results.
Google spokesman Al Verney said the German complaints come from two newspaper and magazine publishing associations, BDZV and VDZ, and online mapping company Euro-Cities.
“We continue to work cooperatively with the commission and national regulators, explaining many aspects of our business,” Verney said. “There’s always going to be room for improvement, so we are working to address any concerns.”
In the US, Connecticut’s Attorney General Richard Blumenthal says Google is refusing to give him access to data it collected about state residents from public Wi-Fi networks.
Google announced in May that it had inadvertently collected information from people’s online activities from unsecured networks in more than 30 countries while taking photographs for its Street View mapping project.
Blumenthal and officials in nearly 40 other states have been seeking to review the information to see if Google improperly accessed e-mails, passwords and other private data.
He had given Google until 5pm on Friday to turn over the data.
Blumenthal says he will now consider whether legal action is warranted.
Gogoro Inc (睿能創意) yesterday launched its first electric bicycle, the Gogoro Eeyo 1, in Taiwan, after unveiling the bike in New York in late May and in France on Tuesday. The company said it would also introduce the series in other European countries such as Germany and the Netherlands. The “Eeyo project” is the fourth of Gogoro’s eight projects that concentrate on smart transportation, which includes Gogoro’s electric scooter, battery swap system and electric scooter sharing service, company founder and chief executive officer Horace Luke (陸學森) told a media briefing in Taipei. “There are various types of city commuters. We will not
EXPERIMENTAL DRUG: While news about a COVID-19 vaccine is more eye-catching, developing a treatment would be more viable, the Senhwa boss said Senhwa Biosciences Inc (生華科) aims to raise NT$1.5 billion (US$50.57 million) by issuing 15 million new common shares in the third quarter of this year to fund the research of new drugs, including the experimental drug Silmitasertib for the treatment of COVID-19, the company said on Monday. That would be the firm’s largest fundraising effort after it raised more than NT$1.4 billion from an initial public offering on the Taipei Exchange (TPEX) in April 2017, chief financial officer Sarah Chang (張小萍) told the Taipei Times by telephone. The price of the new shares would depend on the firm’s average share price
NOT A PANACEA: Offering 5G services would not solve the problem of declining telecom incomes, chairman Sheih Chi-mau said, expecting a flat 5G telecom revenue Chunghwa Telecom Co (中華電信) yesterday became the nation’s first telecom to debut its 5G services, offering tiered tariffs that include a threshold of NT$599 and flat rates, as it aims to switch half of its subscribers to the 5G network within three years. Subscribers would have unlimited data transmission for monthly fees starting at NT$1,399 — the same flat rate as when the company launched its 4G service in 2014 — and they can subscribe to the highest-rate plan for NT$2,699 per month for faster data transmission speeds and larger bandwidth, the company said. Data transmission speeds would be within the range
ROW: A probe would determine if the rights of shareholders who were not allowed to vote yesterday had been violated, while the stock exchange also wants answers The election of board directors yesterday at Tatung Co (大同) sparked controversy after the company blocked some institutional and individual shareholders from participating in the general shareholders’ meeting, prompting the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) to announce that the vote would be investigated. Lin Kuo Wen-yen (林郭文艷) was re-elected as chairwoman of the household-appliance maker’s nine-member board, but prior to the vote she announced that several shareholders would not have voting rights. They were being denied a vote because they had contravened the Business Mergers and Acquisitions Act (企業併購法), and the Act Governing Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and