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namebench DNS benchmark
Un outil pour diagnostiquer la performance de son DNS et en recommandé des meilleurs pour accélérer son internet.
google  network  internet  dns  performance  domain  testing  tools  speed 
yesterday by vitaminCPP
Google’s new Chat service shows total contempt for Android users’ privacy • Amnesty International
<p>Responding to Google’s launch of a new messaging service for Android phones, Amnesty International’s Technology and Human Rights researcher Joe Westby said:

“With its baffling decision to launch a messaging service without end-to-end encryption, Google has shown utter contempt for the privacy of Android users and handed a precious gift to cybercriminals and government spies alike, allowing them easy access to the content of Android users’ communications.

“Following the revelations by CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden, end-to-end encryption has become recognized as an essential safeguard for protecting people’s privacy when using messaging apps. With this new Chat service, Google shows a staggering failure to respect the human rights of its customers.

“Not only does this shockingly retrograde step leave Google lagging behind its closest competitors - Apple’s iMessage and Facebook’s WhatsApp both have end-to-end encryption in place by default - it is also a step backwards from the company’s previous attempts at online messaging. Google’s own app Allo has an option for end-to-end encryption but the company says it will no longer invest in it. 

“In the wake of the recent Facebook data scandal, Google’s decision is not only dangerous but also out of step with current attitudes to data privacy…"</p>

Harsh. Google is trying to marshal carriers to use a more modern version of SMS, called RCS; it's also trying to bring text apps on Android up to date. (Weirdly, Google has never managed to produce a unified message product for Android in the way that Apple has iMessage.) As Ben Thompson puts it, Google's trying to herd cats. Now it's getting slagged off by Amnesty too.
google  chat  app  encryption 
yesterday by charlesarthur
Room - Persistence Library for Android
Provides an abstraction layer over SQLite to allow fluent database access while harnessing the full power of SQLite.

The library helps you create a cache of your app's data on a device that's running your app. This cache, which serves as your app's single source of truth, allows users to view a consistent copy of key information within your app, regardless of whether users have an internet connection.
Android  persistence  SQL  opensource  Java  Google 
yesterday by liqweed
6 attention-worthy data visualizations that tell stories using time
"Data visualizations can impart new information in an engaging or succinct way that makes your attention worth it. Not only that, but successful data visualizations tell a story. As Harvard Business Review writes, “Visualization in its educational or confirmational role is really a dynamic form of persuasion.”
data  stories  axios  visualizations  google  the  new  york  times  pudding  washington  post 
yesterday by jonerp
Open, Closed, and Privacy – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
Of course Google’s critics are not criticizing Chat for being open; they are, like Mossberg, criticizing it for being “insecure” — that is, not end-to-end encrypted like iMessage or WhatsApp. That, though, is the rub: being “secure” and being “open” are incompatible.

Services can and do differentiate based on how long they keep that metadata; Signal, for example, promises to flush metadata as soon as possible, whereas WhatsApp — which uses encryption developed by Signal — keeps such data indefinitely.

Google has always been anything but open when it came to its proprietary technology or its money-making ad apparatus (of which user data plays an important part). Its insistence that Android be open was based not on principle but on sound strategy: challengers always want to commoditize their complements, and for Google, smartphones themselves were complements to Search and ads.

The implication is quite far-reaching: being open, at least to the extent that openness involved user data of any sort, is increasingly unacceptable; that new companies and user benefits might result from that data no longer matters, a fate that all-too-often befalls the not-yet-created.
privacy  stratechery  google  gdpr 
yesterday by elrob
Statistics for Google Sheets
The Statistics add-on is brought to you by Google engineers and statisticians.  It accesses data in Google Sheets, analyzes it in Google data-centers and displays results in a new sheet.  Your data live securely within the Google ecosystem.

The app is still a little rough around the edges in a few places (in an earlier day it might have been a "lab"), but we're taking a "launch and iterate" approach.  We hope you find it useful.  If it is missing that "one key feature" let us know a...
google  statistics 
yesterday by schmidjon
Google aims at privacy law after Facebook lobbying failed • Bloomberg
Kartikay Mehrotra:
<p>While Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg were publicly apologizing this month for failing to protect users’ information, Google’s lobbyists were <a href="">drafting measures</a> to de-fang an Illinois law recognized as the most rigorous consumer privacy statute in the country. Their ambition: to strip language from a decade-old policy that regulates the use of fingerprints, iris scans and facial recognition technology, and insert a loophole for companies embracing the use of biometrics.

Google is trying to exempt photos from the Illinois law at a time when it’s fighting a lawsuit in the state in which billions of dollars of damages may be at stake. The world’s largest search engine is facing claims that it violated the privacy of millions of users by gathering and storing biometric data without their consent.

Facebook has faced global backlash for failing to secure users’ information, triggered by revelations that a British firm with ties to President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign harvested information from as many as 87 million Facebook users without their knowledge. That breach has put the tech behemoth and its Silicon Valley cohort at the center of a data privacy debate.

Facebook is trying to show it’s taking consumer privacy more seriously, but there’s an inexorable dilemma: The business models and future growth of both Google and the world’s largest social network are tied up with the very data they’re now being asked to lock up - information most users have volunteered in exchange for these companies’ free products and services.

Illinois state senator Bill Cunningham proposed an amendment to the Biometric Information Privacy Act in February then aimed at saving a local nursing home from overly burdensome litigation. Google and lobbyists from the Illinois Chamber of Commerce - of which Facebook is a member - intervened, and on April 4 they offered a new version with Cunningham to embed further caveats in the legislation, including language to exclude photos from regulatory scrutiny.</p>
google  facebook  biometric 
yesterday by charlesarthur

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