It's been a busy week for Google as the firm faced yet another European antitrust complaint, while detailing its work with Infineon on a chip technology project.
Google is also improving the security of its services, and has announced a deal with Adobe to reduce the amount of battery-heavy Flash software that can drain Android devices.
Google faces European antitrust complaint from app maker Disconnect
Google has once again been accused of anticompetitive practices in Europe, this time by app maker Disconnect which has complained that Google acted unfairly by banning the startup's malware-blocking search app from the Play store.
Google described the complaint as "baseless", but the Disconnect team, all of whom are former Google employees, is adamant that Google has abused its dominant position.
Google and Infineon combine on Project Soli tech for IoT and wearable markets
Google has joined forces with Infineon to work on a chip technology project called Project Soli which could be used to bring radar-like tools to the wearable and Internet of Things markets for use in smartwatches and connected cars.
"Project Soli demonstrates a new sensor concept that employs physical principles and manufacturing approaches that have never been used in designing interactive systems," Google explained in official information.
Google simplifies user security with dedicated privacy hub
Google has rolled out a new hub for managing user settings called My Account in a bid to offer a shored up security system that protects personal information.
The search company said that My Account will appeal to people who have suffered from security problems, including the loss of hardware or content, or are concerned about the privacy implications of sharing content with peers.
Google Chrome update will step on Flash to save battery life
Google and Adobe are working together on updating the Chrome internet browser to prevent the occasionally load-heavy Flash software from auto-running and draining battery power.
The update to Chrome will let users decide how their machine interacts with the software. Three levels of access are on offer: one to run all Flash plugin content; another to detect and run important plugin content; and a third to choose when plugin content is run.
Data centre location is irrelevant to hackers, argues Google
Google Apps director of security Eran Feigenbaum said that the location of data centres has no influence on cyber security for cloud users, and that the common belief in Europe that local data centres offer better security is misguided and potentially dangerous.
"Data location does not improve security. It's actually the reverse. Adversaries do not abide by national borders. I've never seen a hacker say: 'Oh, it's in London. I don't want it. I'm going to hack Belgium,'" he said.
Google's latest diversity report still shows gender and minorities imbalance
Google has released the latest information on the diversity of its workforce, detailing the progress the firm has made in trimming its white male gender imbalance.
The company's last diversity report in May 2014 showed a heavy slant towards white males, particularly in leadership roles, and an imbalance in terms of women and ethnic minorities.
Google said that the latest report shows an improvement in diversity, although the firm admitted that it had more work to do.
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