Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Users have noticed that Google News is "eating" traffic

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Nevertheless, Frederike Kaltheuner, data exploitation program lead at Privacy International, told Business Insider these kinds of tactics are no longer about the collection of data to present users with a customized, tailored and relevant ad experience. Obviously, others should receive the update in the coming months, but there will not be too many users to enjoy Google's health-related app yet (and to provide useful feedback to the makers of this piece of code, obviously). In a thread post on September 26, Google News' Community Manager Lisa Wang said that Google was investigating the issue and working on a fix.

Do you care about companies collecting your data? Some users have also suggested to turn off "Allow background data usage" but that cannot be a long-term solution, while a few have deleted the app altogether. The issue here is how much data it is using.

Google disputed the methodology used by the Oxford researchers.

With data as expensive as it is, those on limited data packages may want to delete the heck out of the Google News app until a solution is found. Google brought a new Holo design language, along with larger layout and rich animation support. "Google you need to contact all service providers and sort out this appalling error and refund all those affected".

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. Google is able to do this since you already logged into Google virtually everywhere and can see what you are reading elsewhere, to know what subjects you are interested in.

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Google News is chewing up huge amounts of data in one very annoying bug. Which is kind of ironic given the current issue with Google News. Not only is the processing power required to mine Bitcoin and Ethereum so vast that professional miners use entire warehouses of fast computers with military-grade ASIC chips, but these apps also promise to mine cryptocurrencies that can't actually be mined at all. The 5.0 version of Android, the Android Lollipop, introduced an entirely new look and feel to Google's mobile operating system along with more innovation of course.

This information could involve details used to serve personalised advertising, such as age, gender and location, while many applications allow users to login using their Google or Facebook account.

Mobile operators will also have a keen eye on the findings. According to the report, the apps lured victims to download and use them, either by masquerading as Internet apps or e-wallets, promising rewards, including cash back on purchases, free mobile data or interest free loans.

Hopefully it's something that Google can get fixed up pretty soon.

You can also start a free trial of Scanner app, but the free trial itself only will last three days. If you are in the USA, or another country that has unlimited data, it may not be as big of an issue. However, going by the user complaints, the issue remains to be dealt with. Is it as useful as it seems?

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