The past week for Google has been relatively quiet. The firm added Android bugs to its bug bounty programme, committed to boosting battery efficiency for Chrome for Mac, and admitted that Apple's Safari browser is more efficient.
The search firm also launched a verified YouTube video news feed called Newswire, and vowed to cut down on ‘revenge porn' appearing in search results.
Google announced its Android Security Rewards programme at a hacker event in London which will offer payments for finding Android bugs.
The company may pay up to $30,000 in certain circumstances, but typical rewards will usually top out at $8,000.
Google will boost Chrome for Mac battery efficiency in bid to rival Safari
Google is working to make its Chrome for Mac web browser more efficient, and admitted that Safari is superior when it comes to preserving battery life.
Senior Chrome engineer Peter Kasting said: "One of the big complaints about Chrome currently is that it's a battery hog, especially on Mac where Safari seems to do better."
Google launches Newswire to verify breaking news on YouTube
Google launched YouTube Newswire to offer provide a curated feed of verified videos posted on the site and help people separate breaking news from hoaxes.
The service was set up in partnership with Storyful, a startup news agency that specialises in finding and verifying news from social networks.
Google moves to block revenge porn from search results
Google is taking a hard line against ‘revenge porn' videos by excluding results that show nude and private images of people posted online by former partners.
Amit Singhal, senior vice president at Google Search, said in a blog post that the firm will issue forms for people to request that private and explicit images of them are removed from search results.
"Our philosophy has always been that Search should reflect the whole web. But revenge porn images are intensely personal and emotionally damaging, and serve only to degrade the victims, predominantly women," wrote Singhal.
"So we'll honour requests from people to remove nude or sexually explicit images shared without their consent from Google Search results."
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