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Google Maps Has Launched a Feature to Flag Prescription Drug Disposal Sites Google Maps Has Launched a Feature to Flag Prescription Drug Disposal Sites

Google has partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration to mark locations where people can safely dispose of excess prescription drugs on its Maps platform, the company announced in a blog post on Wednesday.

Google Tasks Is a Barebones (But Effective) To-Do App That Makes Gmail More Useful Google Tasks Is a Barebones (But Effective) To-Do App That Makes Gmail More Useful

Google may have paused development on Allo, but it seems the company can’t quite quit its habit of churning out apps just to keeps the wheels moving. Today it launched Google Tasks on Android and iOS, which actually rises above Google’s overloaded app cycle thanks to a clean UI and handy integration with Gmail and…

All the New Features Coming to Your Gmail that Seem Actually Useful

Google has officially announced the new look that’s coming to Gmail.com after images of its redesign leaked a few days prior. The revamp brings with it, besides a much-need paint job, some long-awaited features that users could only get through third-party email clients.

When Are We Going to Get Mad at Google? When Are We Going to Get Mad at Google?

People love Google. It’s so useful! You can just type a few words into the search engine and then find loads of relevant websites—all for free. It’s not exactly free, of course. Google, like Facebook, offers free online services in exchange for the privilege to serve its users targeted ads. So, unless you’re using…

Worrying New Gmail Scheme Makes It Seem Like You're the One Sending Spam Worrying New Gmail Scheme Makes It Seem Like You're the One Sending Spam

Getting rid of spam is a never ending game of cat and mouse. Just as soon as email hosts figure out how to thwart spammers’ latest tricks, the spammers come up with new ways to fill your inbox with junk you don’t want.

Westworld Returns, Amazon's Food Stamp Problem, and DOJ Porn: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week Westworld Returns, Amazon's Food Stamp Problem, and DOJ Porn: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

This world is not what it seems. Lurking beneath the sloppy mess and noise of our interconnected world lies something deeper, something secret—a maze of everlasting mysteries one can only hope to solve in this lifetime. Either that or it’s all just really, really dumb. If only we had a sign...

Google Is Making Another Goddamn Messaging Service Because of Course It Is Google Is Making Another Goddamn Messaging Service Because of Course It Is

Google, apparently unsatisfied with the already incredibly long list of short-lived communications solutions that it has produced, is taking one more shot messaging. According to The Verge, the latest attempt is called Chat.

A Recent Update from Google Could Severely Hamper Anti-Censorship Tools A Recent Update from Google Could Severely Hamper Anti-Censorship Tools

A recent change to Google’s App Engine will discontinue a practice called domain-fronting, an essential technique used by dozens of internet freedom tools designed to allow users to work around state-level internet censorship.

Tech Workers Ask Google, Microsoft, IBM, and Amazon to Not Pursue Pentagon Contracts Tech Workers Ask Google, Microsoft, IBM, and Amazon to Not Pursue Pentagon Contracts

Google employees have spent the past few months pushing back against their company’s involvement in Project Maven, a Department of Defense initiative to enhance image processing of drone footage using artificial intelligence. As Gizmodo first reported, Google is contracted with the DoD to provide artificial…

FTC Privacy Audits of Companies Like Facebook and Google Are ‘Woefully Inadequate' FTC Privacy Audits of Companies Like Facebook and Google Are ‘Woefully Inadequate'

When Mark Zuckerberg appeared before Congress last week, several lawmakers grilled him on Facebook’s failures to comply with a 2012 consent decree that required the social media company to submit routine privacy audits to the Federal Trade Commission.

Google Boots Fake Ad Blockers From Chrome Web Store Google Boots Fake Ad Blockers From Chrome Web Store

A researcher with AdGuard discovered five fake ad-blocking extensions in the Chrome Web Store that used hidden scripts to manipulate users’ browsers. The good news is, after AdGuard published the report, the Chrome team removed all five of the extensions from its store.

Chrome Finally Mutes Autoplay Videos by Default—Here’s How to Make Sure It Works Chrome Finally Mutes Autoplay Videos by Default—Here’s How to Make Sure It Works

Well, would you look at that. Google Chrome is finally getting its act together, at least when it comes to all those annoying autoplay videos.

ZTE Potentially Losing Access to Android Could Cripple Its Phones ZTE Potentially Losing Access to Android Could Cripple Its Phones

Despite already having paid a $900 million fine for violating US sanctions, on Monday, the US Department of Commerce slapped a ban on ZTE preventing all American companies from selling parts or components to the Chinese networking and smartphone maker.

Russia Blocks Millions of Amazon and Google IPs in Bungled Attempt to Ban Telegram Russia Blocks Millions of Amazon and Google IPs in Bungled Attempt to Ban Telegram

The Russian government ordered the Telegram messaging app be banned last week due to its failure to turn over encryption keys to authorities. But as the app’s founder promised, Telegram is still working. Now, Russia is breaking the internet in the country by blocking millions of IP addresses in a scattershot attempt…

Meet the Woman Who Leads NightWatch, Google’s Internal Privacy Strike Force Meet the Woman Who Leads NightWatch, Google’s Internal Privacy Strike Force

Lea Kissner is back at her alma mater, the University of California at Berkeley, armed with a crisp gray blazer, a slide deck, and a laptop with a ‘My Other Car Is A Pynchon Novel’ sticker on it. Since graduating in 2002, she’s earned a PhD at Carnegie Mellon in cryptography and worked her way up at Google, where she…

Researchers Conclude Google's Play Store Is Likely Chock Full of Apps That Improperly Track Children Researchers Conclude Google's Play Store Is Likely Chock Full of Apps That Improperly Track Children

Thousands of apps may be tracking the online activity of children in ways that violate US privacy laws, according to a recent survey of Android apps available on the Google Play store.

PSA to Yahoo and AOL Users: Your Emails can be Scanned for Targeted Advertising PSA to Yahoo and AOL Users: Your Emails can be Scanned for Targeted Advertising

If you use AOL or Yahoo for email, you should be aware that a recent change in the privacy policy of Oath—the umbrella company that controls both services—now allows your emails to be scanned and the information used for targeted advertising.

LA Official Is Starting to Get Fed Up With Waze's Habit of Directing Drivers Down a Death Slalom LA Official Is Starting to Get Fed Up With Waze's Habit of Directing Drivers Down a Death Slalom

A Los Angeles city councilman alleges that Google is still refusing to fix Waze, its GPS software, so that it stops routing drivers down a dangerous 32 percent grade street, Ars Technica writes.

Police Release Bodycam Footage of Encounter With Nasim Aghdam Hours Before YouTube Shooting

On April 3rd, a woman named Nasim Aghdam entered YouTube’s main campus in San Bruno, California through a parking garage and opened fire, wounding three employees of the video-sharing platform before fatally shooting herself in the chest. Just hours before, Aghdam had been stopped by police in Mountain View.

There Might Be a New Self-Destructing Message Feature in the Gmail Revamp There Might Be a New Self-Destructing Message Feature in the Gmail Revamp

Earlier this week, news leaked about Google’s plan to revamp Gmail sometime in the next few weeks, and from what we’ve seen so far, it looks pretty good. The interface seems cleaner and more intuitive to use, and a new sidebar on the right should make multi-tasking easier too.

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