Google has had a pretty quiet week, probably keeping a low profile amid the smartphone shenanigans of MWC 2016. But the company still launched a DDoS fighting tool, and saw its Cloud Platform adopted by Spotify.
The company’s robotics division also created a new agile robot and then battered it with a large pole to test its stability.
Google releases Project Shield to battle DDoS attacks
Google has released a free tool designed to help news sites and organisations that uncover corruption and controversy survive a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.
Project Shield allows websites to reroute traffic through Google’s web infrastructure to stay online in the face of a DDoS attack.
Spotify picks Google over AWS for all-in cloud move
Google’s Cloud Platform will become the new home for Spotify’s entire service, highlighting another example of firms ditching as much of their own infrastructure as possible.
"The storage, compute and network services available from cloud providers are as high quality, high performance and low cost as the traditional approach," said Nicholas Harteau, vice president of engineering and infrastructure at Spotify.
Criminals fire an Acecard banking malware attack at Android users
Russian security firm Kaspersky said that Acecard is a big threat to many people and should be avoided at all costs, but it may be challenging to do so because it launches phishing attacks on services including Skype, Gmail, Facebook and WhatsApp.
Boston Dynamics unveils, and clobbers, a terrifying new robot
Google-owned robotics firm Boston Dynamics unveiled the latest version of its Atlas robot and then promptly beat it up to test its stability.
V3 does not condone the beating up of robots, as Atlas showed a significant degree of agility which it might one day turn on its tormentors.
Some parts of Atacama have not received rainfall for 500 years - but a sudden deluge of water upset the Desert's delicate biological balance
Spitzer Space Telescope could not spot Oumuamua, suggesting that it is actually pretty small
Greenland crater one of the 25 largest impact craters on Earth
This long-sought progenitor star was identified in an image captured by Hubble in 2007