Google discovers what it fears to be the most dangerous android spyware to date, suspected of being created by an Israeli company, that can copy internal memory, messages, call logs, internet history as well as spy on people by remotely activating the smartphones’ camera and microphone.
By Sagi Cohen
Security researchers at Google and Lookout have discovered an extremely sophisticated Android app capable of spying on users by hacking their smartphones’ camera and microphone, as well as track calls, messages, internet history and more.
Called Chrysaor, the spyware seems to be linked to Pegasus, a notorious program that was found to be targeting iPhone users in 2016 and is suspected of having been created by Israeli firm NSO Group Technologies. Continue Reading »
Google adjusts its algorithms after users asking “Did the Holocaust happen?” found they were being directed to white-supremacist, neo-Nazi forum.
• Google: Algorithms to best answer a query is a challenge, and we don’t always get it right.
By Israel Hayom Staff & News Agencies
An embarrassed Google announced it was adjusting its algorithms after users who entered the question “Did the Holocaust happen?” in online searches were directed to a neo-Nazi website.
The results of the Google search for “Did the Holocaust happen?” – Photo- Screenshot
Until recently, the top result the search engine provided to the query was a link to Stormfront, a white supremacist online forum, and an article titled “Top 10 reasons why the Holocaust didn’t happen.”
In an interview with NBC News on Tuesday, a spokesman for Google did not directly address the controversy, but said, “We strive to give users a breadth of diverse content from a variety of sources, and we’re committed to the principle of a free and open web. Continue Reading »
Youtube now included at least 21 pro-Israel educational videos in “restricted mode,” the same category as videos parents would filter for their children that contain objectionable or adult content.
WATCH: 3 examples included; decide for yourselves.
Arutz Sheva Staff
Youtube, owned by Google, has placed 21 videos of non-profit educational organization “Prager University,” run by conservative talk-show host Dennis Prager, on “restricted mode.” Among these are three pro-Israel videos relating to the founding of Israel, the IDF, and Palestinian refugees.
Restricted mode allows guardians to protect children from objectionable content by filtering out “restricted” videos in Youtube searches. “PragerU” videos are designed to be viewed by all ages. Continue Reading »
Google balks at Forum of Palestinian Journalists protesting alleged disappearance of “Palestine” from Google Maps, saying it never had a “Palestine” label on its map application, so nothing has changed.
By Ilan Gattegno, Daniel Siryoti and Israel Hayom Staff
Internet giant Google on Thursday clarified that, contrary to recent reports by a Palestinian group, it had not removed the “Palestine” label from its maps application.
Pro-Palestinian protesters in Berlin last month – Photo: AFP
A statement by the Forum of Palestinian Journalists, posted on its website on Aug. 3, condemned “the crime carried out by Google in deleting the name of Palestine. Continue Reading »
Formerly Google chief executive Eric Schmidt says, “For a relatively small country, Israel has a super role in technological innovation.”
A top Google official on Tuesday hailed Israel’s tech sector, saying it trailed only Silicon Valley in the United States when it comes to “initiatives.”
Eric Schmidt, formerly Google chief executive and now executive chairman of its parent company Alphabet, said Israel, a country of only around eight million people, was punching far above its weight in technology.
“For a relatively small country, Israel has a super role in technological innovation,” he told an audience at Google’s offices in the commercial capital Tel Aviv. Continue Reading »
Israel’s SpaceIL makes deal with California-based SpaceX for a rocket launch, accelerating them to front of 16 rival teams and on schedule for blast-off in late 2017.
By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff
An Israeli team competing in a race to the moon sponsored by Google has signed a deal with California-based SpaceX for a rocket launch, putting it at the front of the pack and on target for blast-off in late 2017, officials said on Wednesday.
With the deadline to win a $20 million first-place prize just two years off, pressure is mounting on the 16 rivals from around the world hoping to complete a privately funded moon landing. Continue Reading »
Google boss tells students & researchers at the Weizmann Institute that, ‘I’m here because the impact Israelis are having on science & technology is immense.’
By Sagi Cohen
“Israel is booming in terms of entrepreneurship because you have a culture that allows you to challenge authority and question everything. You don’t follow the rules,” Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said on Sunday in an address to hundreds of students and researchers at the Weizmann Institute. Schmidt is currently on a short visit to Israel.
Eric Schmidt. Israeli culture ‘allows you to challenge authority.’ – Photo: Reuters/Archive
Schmidt was accompanied on his visit to the Weizmann Institute by Yossi Matias, vice-president for engineering and chief executive for R&D of Google Israel, as well as executives from the investment fund he heads, Innovation Endeavors, one of the most active funds in Israel in recent years. Continue Reading »
With current laws on hate speech not being enforced, Israeli task-force of experts begin working to stop the spread of anti-Semitism in Europe by having Google remove search results that lead users to anti-Semitic, Holocaust denial websites.
By Shlomo Cesana
A special forum of some 1,000 experts put together by the Foreign Ministry has decided to act to combat the spread of anti-Semitism in Europe, including online.
The forum wants to keep results that lead users to anti-Semitic websites out of Google searches [illustrative] – Photo: AP
The Foreign Ministry’s Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism, which held a three-day conference in Jerusalem last week, has determined a series of practical steps to use in changing what it called “a discourse of hate speech.”
The forum decided that the Foreign Ministry will take action to have websites that promote Holocaust denial shut down, as well as to keep hate sites out of Google searches, particularly when searches for the word “Jew” direct users to anti-Semitic sites. Continue Reading »
As foreign companies are acquiring the ‘Start-up Nation’s high-profile companies that were providing hundreds of jobs locally, Israel’s market is being brain-drained as they move abroad.
Israeli entrepreneur Avi Brenmiller says he was coaxed by investors into selling Solel, his solar-thermal power firm, to Germany’s Siemens for $418 million in 2009. Today, little is left of it after Siemens pulled out of the business.
ScanDisk in USB port – IsraelandStuff/PP
From a thriving company that employed over 500 people, Solel has been reduced to a factory with 50 workers. Brenmiller’s experience is one of a growing number of cases illustrating the double-edged nature of Israel’s high-tech boom. Continue Reading »
A new application for Google Glassware provides immediate, real-time status on missile attacks. The alerts provide the time & location of the attack, giving users the time to take cover.
By Iddo Genuth
Rockets have been raining down on Israeli cities at a rate of over 100 a day for the past week. Although the Iron Dome anti-missile system has been able to intercept a large majority of those projectiles and prevent serious damage, some of them did get through, injuring civilians. Even when Iron Dome is able to destroy the incoming rocket, debris from the rocket and the interceptor fall and scatter over a large area – something that might prove lethal for unsheltered civilians. Continue Reading »
For Ramon’s 60th Birthday visitors in Israel using the popular search engine saw a cartoon portraying Ramon as he gazes out into space.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut to enter space and who tragically perished along with his fellow crewmembers of the Columbia space shuttle over ten years ago, was paid tribute on Friday by Google’s Hebrew page to mark the occasion of his 60th birthday.
Google’s Israel page pays homage to late astronaut Ilan Ramon on what would have been his 60th birthday. – Photo: GOOGLE
Visitors to the popular search engine saw a cartoon depicting Ramon as he gazes out into space. Continue Reading »
Users will now be able to record a reminder on Any.Do by speaking to Google Glass & watch reminders from the application on the glasses’ screen.
By Sagi Cohen
Google has chosen an Israeli application as one of the first in the world to work with Google Glass – the search engine giant’s new wearable technology.
Users will be able to record a reminder on Any.Do by speaking to Google Glass (archives)
Any.do, considered one of the most popular Israeli applications, has won quite a lot of praise in the past. The application is available for Android phones and iPhones and allows users to write tasks and reminders and organize them easily. Continue Reading »