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Google to stop showing more than two listings from same site in top results

Google is making some significant changes to its search engine algorithm where users see multiple listings on the search results page from the same website. Now, the Google wouldn’t show more than two listings from the same site in top results.

In a tweet through Google Search Liasion, the tech giant mentioned, “Have you already done a search and gotten many links all from the same site in the top results? We’ve heard your feedback about this and wanting more variety. A new change now launching in Google Search is designed to provide more diversity of our results.”

The company also added that it will show more than two results from same site in cases where the search engine algorithms determine that the results are specifically relevant for the particular search.

Currently, Google fetches results from websites considering the subdomains and root domains different. This means that the subdomains are treated as separate websites. Now, with the changes, the subdomains will be treated as a part of the root domains.

For instance, your subdomain like user.yourwebsite.com and your root domain – www.yourwebsite.com will be considered from the same single site and counted towards two results.

Finally, the site diversity launch is separate from the June 2019 Core Update that began this week. These are two different, unconnected releases.”

The change is still rolling out and Google is working on it for improvements.

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Google Cloud launches fully managed cron job scheduler for enterprises

Google Cloud has announced the general availability of its new service called Cloud Scheduler. Announced at Google Cloud Next, the Cloud Scheduler is a fully managed cron job scheduler that will allow enterprises to schedule big data jobs, cloud infrastructure operations, run batch, etc.

The new service will enable users to automate things, like retries in case of failure, and reduce the manual toil and intervention. Further, it will work as a single pane of glass for management of all the automation tasks.

“We have added an important new feature that allows you to trigger any service, running anywhere: on-prem, on Google Cloud or any third party datacentre,” Google product manager Vinod Ramachandran wrote in a blog post.

Enterprises will now be able to use industry standard OAuth/OpenID Connect to securely invoke HTTP targets on a schedule to reach the services that run on Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Compute Engine, Cloud Run, Cloud Functions, or on-premise systems.

Cloud Scheduler can also be used to invoke the schedules via user interface, command line interface, or API, while managing everything from a single place. Google has added support for the Unix cron format to help users define their job schedules.

Google said that the new solution will also enable users to schedule the running of their tasks at the same time each week, day, or hour, without any failures.

To run a job, Cloud Scheduler sends an HTTP request or Pub/Sub message to the target destination on a recurring schedule. The target handler executes the job and returns a response. If a job fails, it retries it by sending an error message to the Cloud Scheduler. The process continues until the maximum number of attempts is reached.

“Cloud Scheduler can be used to architect interesting solutions like wiring together a reporting system on a schedule using Cloud Functions, Compute Engine, Cloud Pub/Sub and Stackdriver,” wrote Ramachandran in the blog post.

ALSO READ: Google Cloud teams up with open source leaders in data management and analytics

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Google Cloud teams up with open source leaders in data management and analytics

Google Cloud is bringing the best of open source to its customers, by establishing partnerships with leading open-source centric companies working in data management and analytics.

These companies include Confluent, DataStax, Elastic, InfluxData, MongoDB, Neo4j, and Redis Labs.

The open source database market is growing rapidly over the years. As per a report, over 70% of the new apps built by corporate players will run on open source database management systems. Further, around 50% of the existing relational database installations developed on commercial DBMS platforms will be converted to open source platforms or are in the process of conversion.

This shows that enterprises want to adopt open source easily, and in a cloud-native way. Google’s new partnerships will help them achieve this. Further, they wouldn’t feel locked in or out while using open source technologies.

Google Cloud customers will get fully managed services that run in the cloud. These services will improve the performance and latency between the service and application.

There will be a unified UI for management of apps. Customers will be able to provision and manage their service from the Google Cloud Console. Further, they will have only one invoice from Google Cloud and Google Cloud support for most of these partners.

“We’ve always seen our friends in the open-source community as equal collaborators, and not simply a resource to be mined. With that in mind, we’ll be offering managed services operated by these partners that are tightly integrated into Google Cloud Platform (GCP), providing a seamless user experience across management, billing and support,” wrote Google Cloud in a blog post.

“This makes it easier for our enterprise customers to build on open-source technologies, and it delivers on our commitment to continually support and grow these open-source communities.”

Also read: Kubernetes 1.14 brings support for Windows containers

Additionally, Google Cloud will work with its partners to enable integrations with other GCP services like Stackdriver for monitoring and IAM.

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Google’s .dev domain name for developers now available at standard prices

Google Registry has launched the .dev top-level domain (TLD) for developers and other tech geeks associated with development.

The .dev was announced last month but it was available only for Early Access registrations with an additional fee. Now it is available at a base annual price through most of the registrars.

“We hope .dev will be a new home for you to build your communities, learn the latest tech and showcase your projects—all with a perfect domain name,” wrote Google in a blog post.

“We envision .dev as a home for developers. From tools to programming languages to blogs, .dev is the best place for all the amazing things that you build.”

Like the previously launched .APP and .PAGE domain name extensions, the .dev TLD too will have HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) by default. What this means is that the new TLD will come with built-in security. This will enable protection against ad malware and tracking injection by ISPs, as well as safeguard against spying on open Wi-Fi networks.

Google itself has launched its own developer websites on .dev domain. These sites include web.dev, opensource.dev, flutter.dev, tfhub.dev, perfetto.dev, v8.dev, and pptr.dev.

Other than Google, many other companies and individuals also have registered the .dev domain. For instance, reach Women Who Code at women.dev, software solutions for developers by JetBrains at jetbrains.dev, learn development skills at Codeacademy.dev, learn app development on Salesforce at crm.dev, etc.

Also read: Domain name registrations count totals 342.4M in Q3 2018: Verisign report

The standard price of .dev domain name is between $12 to $15. The price varies depending on the registrar.

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Google Play rejected 55% more app submissions, and suspended 66% more apps in 2018

As part of protecting Android users from new abuses, Google Play rejected numerous app submissions and increased app suspensions in 2018.

Google Play works as the official app store for Android OS. According to Statista, Google Play Store is the largest app store having 2.1 million apps, followed by Apple’s App Store that has almost 2 million apps.

The core developers behind the Play Store committed to make it a secure and safe platform for billions of Android users. Last year, Google Play improved abuse protection against the platform and increased their team of product managers, engineers, policy experts, and operation leaders in order to combat cyberattacks.

Last year, the company announced new policies for detecting and removing malicious apps and developers faster and to stop bad actors from entering Play Store. In 2018, the company rejected around 55% more app submissions, and suspended 66% more apps.

“These increases can be attributed to our continued efforts to tighten policies to reduce the number of harmful apps on the Play Store, as well as our investments in automated protections and human review processes that play critical roles in identifying and enforcing on bad apps,” wrote Andrew Ahn, Product Manager, Google Play, in a blog post.

Along with detecting and stopping malicious apps from becoming a part of Play Store, Google Play Protect system scanned more than 50 billion apps on user devices every day. This helped in ensuring that no bad apps are harming user devices.

Google claims that apps installed from Google Play Store are 8x less likely to harm user devices than the ones installed from other sources.

Google developers are focusing on three main things to protect users from bad apps and malicious developers. These three things include protecting user privacy, developer integrity, and stopping harmful app contents and behaviors.

To protect user privacy, the company has set certain requirements from developers to limit their device permission requests. Their apps can ask permissions only for necessary things and let users know the way their data is used by the app.

In 2018, Google Play rejected and removed tens of thousands of apps from store that were not compliant with the policies.

Google has further made it more complex for spammy developers to publish their apps on Play Store.

Also read: Google rolls out Chrome OS 72 with several new features and security improvements

“We find that over 80% of severe policy violations are conducted by repeat offenders and abusive developer networks,” added Andrew Ahn.

Google said that it will continue to boost the security and privacy of Play Store by improving capabilities to offer users secure and safe store.

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Google rolls out Chrome OS 72 with several new features and security improvements

Google has announced several new features, bug fixes and security updates with the roll out of Chrome OS 72.

The updates will optimize the Chrome browser for touchscreen devices in tablet mode and add a page about touch screen gestures in the built-in ChromeVox screen reader tutorial.

Users will now be able to access external storage for Android applications using direct/storage and MediaStore APIs. The shortcuts for Android apps can now be searched easily in launcher. This will make it easier for users to find an app shortcut. All they will need to do is to either long press or right-click on Android app.

If users save their files through Backup and Sync on Drive, then these files will be available in Files app under My Drive/Computers.

The search engine giant has added new policies for managing the print job attributes for native printing. These policies will be applicable for simple/duplex printing and color/B&W printing.

There is a new setting in the ChromeVox options page that will allow users to read anything under the mouse cursor. This can be done in ChromeVox screen reader.

Further, Google has also announced the availability of Picture in Picture (PiP) for Chrome Sites. The PiP is a great functionality for multi-window mode. It allows users to watch videos in a small window by pinning it to a corner, while they can continue to navigate between other apps or browser content on home screen.

On the security improvement front, the company has put the Shill network manager for Chrome OS in a sandbox. It will no longer run as the root user on the system. This step from Google is aimed to protect users from networking security vulnerabilities.

Also read: Google’s NoSQL database service Cloud Firestore now up for grabs

The company mentioned that the updates will roll out to users over the next several days.

Other than this, Google has also announced Chrome Beta 73 for Android, which is now available on Google Play.

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Google’s NoSQL database service Cloud Firestore now up for grabs

Google’s serverless, NoSQL document database service Cloud Firestore has finally become generally available for mobile, web, and internet of things (IoT) applications.

The service has been available in beta since October 2017. Cloud Firestore is a fully managed, cloud-native database service that allows developers to easily store, sync and query data for their applications.

Integrated with Google Cloud Platform (GCP), as well as Google’s mobile development platform called Firebase, the service can handle security and authorization, infrastructure, edge data storage, and synchronization. To provide improved experience to developers and simplify app development, Google has included live synchronization, offline support, and ACID transactions across hundreds of documents and collections.

For security of data, Cloud Firestore has built-in Identity and Access Management (IAM) and Firebase Auth.

With the general availability, a number of crucial programs like GCP’s deprecation policy will now be applicable to Cloud Firestore. Also, this service will now also support HIPAA compliance.

Cloud Firestore is now a part of GCP’s official Service Level Agreements (SLAs), which means that users will get high uptime for both multi-region instances and regional instances.

“Building with Cloud Firestore means your app can seamlessly transition from online to offline and back at the edge of connectivity. This helps lead to simpler code and fewer errors. You can serve rich user experiences and push data updates to more than a million concurrent clients, all without having to set up and maintain infrastructure,” wrote Amit Ganesh (VP Engineering) and Dan McGrath (Product Manager), Google, in a blog post.

Along with SLA availability, Google has also announced new lower pricing tier (up to 50% off) for most regional instances of Cloud Firestore. The new pricing will be available from March 3, 2019. The pricing will vary depending on the locations.

To help developers in monitoring Cloud Firestore read, write, and delete operations in near-real time, Google is integrating the service with Stackdriver. It is currently in beta.

Also read: Google secures DNS traffic with DNS-over-TLS support for its public DNS

More features will be added to Firestore in coming weeks, which might include querying for documents across collections and increasing database values without a transaction.

The search engine has also added new datacenter locations for hosting the Cloud Firestore data. These will include a multi-region location in Europe, and 9 more regional locations (Asia, Australia, North and South America, and Europe).

Cloud Firestore datacenter locations

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Google now validates enterprise mobility management solutions under Android Enterprise Recommended program

Google is welcoming the leading Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) providers to its Android Enterprise Recommended program, so that enterprises can confidently choose the Android enterprise devices and services.

The Android Enterprise Recommended program was launched in February last year. Google validates the Android devices and services on the basis of a set of specifications for hardware, deployment, security updates, and user experience. If the devices and services built by vendors meet these requirements, Google lists them under the program.

After validation, these devices and services are recommended by Google to enterprises.  The aim of this program is to help enterprises find the devices and services that met necessary enterprise needs.

Android Enterprise Recommended program for Enterprise Mobility Management will include BlackBerry, Google Cloud, I3 Systems, IBM, Microsoft, MobileIron, Softbank, SOTI, and VMware.

“Since we’ve collaborated closely with EMM partners over the years, we understand what it takes to demonstrate excellence in this area. With this program, we’re recognizing partners who provide the most comprehensive technical solutions and have knowledgeable teams focused on modern Android security and management,” wrote Will Ro, Head of Android Enterprise Partnerships, Management and Security, in a blog post.

Android Enterprise Recommended EMMs will enable experience across multiple Android Enterprise management sets, and provide advanced security and management feature. The program will also demonstrate documentation and guides that comes with best practices for Android Enterprise set-up and configuration.

Google will provide training to vendors across sales, technical pre-sales and deployment support.

Also read: Google secures DNS traffic with DNS-over-TLS support for its public DNS

With this program, Google is raising the bar of excellence, so that enterprises globally can get the best equipped devices and applications for Android.

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Google secures DNS traffic with DNS-over-TLS support for its public DNS

Google is adding DNS-over-TLS support to its Public DNS (Domain Name System) protocol to provide security and privacy for DNS traffic between users and their resolvers.

The DNS protocol is used to convert the user-friendly domain names into IP addresses which can be easily understood by computers. The aim of using domain name systems like 8.8.8.8 is to make the internet faster for users, safeguard the privacy, and access internet sites more reliably and securely.

Google Public DNS is the largest public DNS recursive resolver. Google mentioned that just like the search queries can expose sensitive information, the domains looked up via DNS can also be confidential and can be vulnerable to spoofing from attackers.

Adding TLS (Transport Layer Security) to DNS will mean that the DNS traffic will now be encrypted, and no middleman would be able to access it. It will secure the queries between devices and Google Public DNS, using the same security technology that protects HTTPS web connections.

“The DNS environment has changed for the better since we launched Google Public DNS over eight years ago. Back then, as today, part of Google Public DNS’ mission has been to improve the security and accuracy of DNS for users all over the world,” mentioned Google in a blog post.

“But today, there is an increased awareness of the need to protect users’ communication with their DNS resolvers against forged responses and safeguard their privacy from network surveillance.”

Along with the DNS-over-TLS support, the search engine giant has applied the RFC 7766 recommendations which will reduce the load of using TLS. The RFC 7766 recommendations include support for TLS 1.3, TCP fast open, as well as pipelining of multiple queries and responses over a single connection.

“All of this is deployed with Google’s serving infrastructure which provides reliable and scalable management for DNS-over-TLS connections,” added Google.

Also read: Domain name registrations count totals 342.4M in Q3 2018: Verisign report

The new service is now available for users of Android 9 (Pie). Users of Advanced Linux can use the stubby resolver from dnsprivacy.org for the new service.

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Alphabet’s Jigsaw launches new app to protect users against DNS manipulation

Jigsaw, unit of Google’s parent company Alphabet, has launched a new Android app called Intra to protect users against DNS (domain name system) manipulation.

DNS is the phonebook of internet, that helps computers know about the servers connected to domains. Generally, the connection between a computer and DNS is unencrypted. This can allow attackers to interrupt the traffic and manipulate it.

If the attackers manipulate the DNS, they can block websites, prevent users from access messaging apps and social channels, or even redirect them to malicious websites.

Several governments use DNS manipulation to restrict citizens from accessing certain information. They sometimes shut down the internet in specific areas, restrict media houses to publish certain content, and overwhelm servers with fake traffic.

According to a recent study, Venezuela government used DNS manipulation for blocking news websites, social media applications and media organizations. Such tactics are on the rise around the world.

Intra will address these issues by encrypting the connection to DNS. It is an easy to use Android app, which can be downloaded from Google Play Store. Once installed and turned on, no one can manipulate the DNS or see the websites visited by users.

Justin Henck and Ben Schwartz, Intra’s product and technical leads, mentioned in a blog post that DNS manipulation has become a widespread issue. The latest version of Android features DNS protection by default.

“But billions of people around the world use older versions of Android that lack this critical feature. Intra gives them the similar state-of-the-art protection.”

Intra currently supports public DNS services from Google and Cloudflare, and will add more options over time. An open source application, Intra doesn’t track the applications and websites visited by users. Furthermore, it allows users to customize the DNS provider.

This app will especially be useful for users in countries where DNS manipulation is a common censorship technique.

Also read: Google Registry launches .page domain names with security baked in by default

“In a perfect world, the Domain Name System would be encrypted by default for everyone, everywhere, and we’re working to make that happen. But in the meantime, everyone deserves access to a free and simple tool that makes this pervasive form of censorship obsolete,” added Justin Henck and Ben Schwartz.

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