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Google Cancels Pwnium, The Competition For Finding Vulnerabilities In Chrome, In An Effort To Improve Security [You Read That Correctly]

Google is cancelling the upcoming iteration of Pwnium, the competition they have sponsored regularly over the past several years. Pwnium has been very useful for Google in protecting Chrome and Chrome OS, because the entire event is about finding holes in the Chromium project. Why did they cancel it, then? For the sake of security!

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Mobile-Friendly Websites Will Get A Boost From Google's Search Algorithm Starting In April

Google's search indexing is kind of a big deal - having a high spot in relevant searches for the world's biggest search engine can literally make or break a business. So if you don't want your site to lose its spot, you'd better make sure your website looks good when accessed from a mobile browser. Starting on April 21st, Google's search algorithm will incorporate whether or not a site is "mobile-friendly" when ranking its appearance in search results. Google announced the change on its Webmaster Central blog:

Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal.

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HTC Releases Lollipop Kernel Source For One M7 Developer Edition

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Motorola Turbo Charger Now Available For Purchase Through The Play Store

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Google Is .app-y About Purchasing The .app Top Level Domain Name For $25 Million

$25 Million. That's a lot of money for a little appendage that comes after a website's name. But Google saw potential in the tri-letter combo of .app and has finally won the ICANN's auction for the top level domain. This auction follows many other high-profile ones, where Dot Tech nabbed .tech for $6.7 Million (allegedly against Google), and Amazon grabbed .buy for almost $5 Million and .spot for $2.2 Million. By comparison, Google's auction has gone a lot higher, but it's understandable given the current interest in applications and our culture of Internet services.

However, this isn't Google's only top level domain — the company already has a few to its name like .ads.eat.fly, which aren't yet open to the public.

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Sprint Announces The Budget-Oriented LG G Pad F 7.0 Tablet

Tablets with LTE data tend to be quite a bit more expensive than their WiFi siblings, but Sprint is launching an LG slate called the LG G Pad F 7.0 with modest specs that sells for the low price of $240 or $10 per month for 24 months. It's not going to be blazing fast, but it might get the job done.

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Forbes' Interview With Sundar Pichai Hints At An Uncoupling Of The Various Google+ Entities, Further Monetization Options On Mobile, And Google's Future Strategies

The Czar has spoken. After his anointment as Google's Senior Vice President of Products last October, which put him in charge of Chrome, Android, search, ad technology, Google+, Maps, social, commerce and infrastructure, Sundar had been operating in incognito mode, occasionally letting loose a few tidbits of information, like Inbox' deployment to Apps users. In a recent interview with Forbes, the man behind most of the things we talk about here on Android Police has answered some interesting questions regarding his vast portfolio of products, tried to put an end to a few concerns, and remained mum about other issues.

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The most intriguing section of the interview starts when Google+ is addressed.

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Sprint Galaxy S6 And Galaxy S6 Edge Promotion Leaked Ahead Of MWC Announcement

Samsung is going to announce the Galaxy S6, and a curved-screen variant called the Galaxy S6 Edge, at its Mobile World Congress announcement early next month. The phones look like this. Aside from a few specs and information on prices and dates, that's about all you need to know. But the leaked images were pretty tiny, so Sprint has been kind enough to leak some more for us. It doesn't include the bottom portion of the phone, but I'm going to go out on a limb and guess there's a home button down there. Thanks, Sprint!

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OK, so it's probably not intentional.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Gold Box Offers The BLU Studio 6.0 HD Phablet For $130 ($60 Off)

Do you need a great unlocked phone for under $200? Do you want one that's bigger than the ones Motorola offers in that price range? Then you'd be hard-pressed to find a better candidate than the BLU Studio 6.0 HD. While the phone's specs are decidedly low-end, the $189 retail price makes it an awesome deal for those who are cash strapped, or heck, just those who don't want to spend $600 or more on a Galaxy Note. Amazon's Gold Box daily deal portal has sliced that price even more, offering the Studio 6.0 for a ridiculous $129.99.

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The Studio 6.0 offers a 6-inch screen with a humble 1280x720 resolution, a 1.3Ghz MediaTek quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage plus a MicroSD card slot, and an 8 megapixel rear camera.

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Sony Expands [email protected] Compatibility To Lollipop And Non-Xperia Devices, Though It's Still Incompatible With Many

Sony's [email protected] app turns your Android device into a weapon in the war against diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's by contributing your spare computing power to research. It entered the Play Store in early January as a beta exclusively available to certain Xperia phones. Now Sony is expanding the experience to other hardware, including devices running Android Lollipop.

Here you can see [email protected] running on my HTC One M7, a non-Sony device with the latest version of Android.

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While it's nice to see [email protected] opened up, the app is still incompatible with tablets and slightly older devices such as the Nexus 4, the Galaxy Nexus, and the Galaxy Note II (the Nexus 5 and the Note 3 are supported though).

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