Google has had a productive past seven days, revealing security holes in anti-virus software, reporting soaring revenues, and updating Android Wear.
The search giant also stepped up the fight to combat dodgy download buttons on its websites and revealed how Gmail has topped a billion users.
Google revenues soar to $74bn, making Alphabet the world's most valuable company
Google reported soaring annual revenue of $74bn for 2015, up from $65bn a year earlier, after strong advertising growth.
The hike helped Google parent Alphabet to become the most valuable company in the world at $570bn, trumping Apple’s market value of $538bn.
Google's Project Zero reveals update flaws in Malwarebytes' anti-virus software
Google’s Project Zero published data on update flaws in Malwarebytes anti-virus software, after the security firm failed to plug them within a 90-day deadline.
Google’s bug-seeking division found that updates for Malwarebytes' software were not signed or downloaded over a secure HTTP channel.
Google updates Android Wear with voice and gesture controls
Google released an updated version of its Android Wear operating system for wearable devices, adding new voice and gesture controls.
"There are plenty of times when you’ve got your hands full but still need to stay on top of reminders, messages, and calls," said Krystal Higgins, user experience designer for Android Wear. "That's why Android Wear includes things like voice actions and gestures. And today we’re expanding these hands-free options in a number of ways."
Google tackles dodgy download buttons with warnings to web users
Google outlined its intention to tackle the scourge of dodgy downloads on websites by alerting web users that the page they are on may be unsafe.
“Embedded content (like ads) on a web page will be considered social engineering when they either pretend to act, or look and feel, like a trusted entity, like your own device or browser, or the website itself," said Lucas Ballard, a software engineer on the Google Safe Browsing Team.
Google's Gmail and Facebook's WhatsApp top one billion monthly users
Gmail now has around a seventh of the world’s population on its books, indicating the vast reach of digital services that span mobile and web applications.
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