Google had a tough time last week. The search firm encountered errors in Gmail and data leaks in Chrome, had to defend its tax tricks and YouTube advertising, and even had to bow to legal demands from Turkey.
On the flipside, Google is close to making Android Wear work on iPhones and was rumoured to be looking at buying Twitter. The company also confirmed plans to provide a subscription service to give YouTube users an ad-free experience.
Google SSL certificate update error affects millions of Gmail users
Google caused an outage in Gmail on the weekend by letting an intermediate SSL certificate for Simple Mail Transfer Protocol expire. Millions of users were unable to send or receive emails for several hours. Google moved quickly to fix the problem and get Gmail up and running again.
Data-leaking Chrome extension puts over one million web users at risk
Security researchers unveiled a significant threat in an apparently innocent Chrome browser extension, which puts the data of millions of web users at risk.
ScrapeSentry reported that the Chrome store's Webpage Screenshot extension, which takes and stores screenshots, can also send personal information to an IP address in the US. This meant that users could have unwittingly shared personal information to be used for illegal purposes.
Google supports President Obama's fight against climate change effects
Bloomberg reported that Google and Microsoft have supported initiatives unveiled by the Obama administration to combat the negative affects of climate change on the health of US citizens.
Google forced to bow to Turkish government image takedown request
Google was joined by Twitter and Facebook in a legal tussle with the Turkish government over a request to remove a controversial image from their services. The image of a prosecutor, Mehmet Selim Kiraz, held hostage by far-left militants was shared on the sites to the objections of the Turkish government.
All three companies complied with a court request to pull the image, but none of them was happy with the situation and plan to appeal the decision.
Google, Apple and Microsoft defend Australian tax tricks
The Guardian reported that senior executives from Google, Apple and Microsoft have defended tax tricks that allow revenue generated in Australia to be moved offshore into lower cost jurisdictions.
Google to strip YouTube adverts with subscription package offer
V3's sister title The INQUIRER reported that Google has confirmed that it will offer YouTube users the option of a subscription package to view videos without adverts.
Google denies YouTube Kids app target children unfairly
The Guardian reported that Google has defended itself against accusation that its uses unfair and deceptive marketing practices to target children with the YouTube Kids app.
The search firm had to fend off claims by watchdogs that the Kids app contains content to which parents would reasonably believe their children not to be exposed.
Google gets close to making Android Wear for the iPhone
The Verge reported that Google is working on making its Android Wear smartwatch platform compatible with Apple's iPhone, according to a source close to the development team.
If this happens and Apple allows the platform onto iOS, it will put Android Wear-based smartwatches in direct competition with the Apple Watch. Neither Apple nor Google commented on the rumour.
Google rumour mill churns out Twitter purchase speculation
The Guardian reported that Twitter stock prices soared on rumours about Google potentially buying the social network. This is not the first time such rumours have caused share prices to spike. There have been four similar rumours since 2009 surrounding a potential purchase of Twitter by Google.
With neither of the companies offering any comment, the rumour remains unconfirmed.
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