Google's week has been a little quieter than previous ones, but the company has still added password phishing protection for Chrome and offered to buy patents from anyone wanting to sell them.
Avoiding controversy this week, Google received support from eBay in its European Commission antitrust investigation, and Twitter offered the firm a slice of the social network's advertising sales.
Google adds password phishing protection extension to Chrome
Google has added warnings to its Chrome browser that alert consumer and enterprise users if they have put their passwords at risk of phishing attacks.
Password Alert highlights any threats and prompts users to change their passwords.
Google takes on trolls with patent purchasing initiative
Google is offering to buy patents from anyone selling them, and claimed that it will act to protect the interests of the community against patent trolls.
The Google Patent Purchase Promotion offers an "experimental marketplace" for patents which has been positioned as easy to use and a way to avoid costly drawn out patent battles.
EU to discuss encryption concerns with tech firms and law agencies
The European Commission will hold meetings between technology companies including Google, Facebook and Twitter, along with law enforcement agencies, to discuss concerns that encryption technologies are aiding terrorists and cyber criminals.
The meetings will be hosted as part of a new ‘forum' to facilitate communication between tech firms and law enforcement agencies, and will also focus on how best to tackle content on social media sites promoting terrorism and extremism.
eBay throws support behind Google in EC antitrust struggle
Google received the support of eBay in its tussle with the European Commission which is accusing Google of anticompetitive behaviour in the search market.
John Donahoe, eBay's chief executive, came to Google's defence, claiming that the Commission misunderstands how people buy products online, and supporting Google's claims that it is dwarfed in the online shopping arena by eBay and Amazon.
Google gets a slice of Twitter's advertising sales
Business Insider reported that Twitter will offload some of its advertising sales to Google in a bid to sell more adverts by tapping into Google's huge customer base.
Advertisers will be able to buy sponsored tweets through Google's DoubleClick advert exchange, which will give the search firm another way to offer its partners more mobile advert views through apps running embedded adverts.
Cotton seedling freezes to death as Chang'e-4 shuts down for the Moon's 14-day lunar night
Fortnite easily out-earns PUBG, Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Red Dead Redemption 2 in 2018
Meteor showers as a service will be visible for about 100 kilometres in all directions
Saturn's rings only formed in the past 100 million years, suggests analysis of Cassini space probe data
New findings contradict conventional belief that Saturn's rings were formed along with the planet about 4.5 billion years ago