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Fake Google Maps listings weaponized to kill real businesses, confuse you

For as long as Google Maps (and other digital mapping services) have existed, there have been fake listings. The most notable example was a scam where a centralized operation would mass-produce fake locksmith listings advertising low rates, then jacking up prices as poor sods left out of house or car get desperate. These days, the directory battlefield has expanded across different high-cost industries with devastating tactics deployed against businesses and the public while placing livelihoods on the line.

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Phishing attacks taking advantage of automatic Google Calendar events

We've all received a spam email telling us we've won millions of dollars or need to reset our online banking password. Although these are widespread, most messaging platforms and even browsers have learned to recognize them for our protection. Because of this, attackers are finding more sophisticated means to be more attractive: Besides using Google Docs to trick users, scammers have turned to Google Calendar and are relying on its automatic event creation setting to take advantage of people.

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Refurbished Google Pixel 3 available for just $390 on Amazon

Though the Pixel 3 may not be the latest thing on the block anymore, it's still an excellent phone with a class-leading camera. If you've been waiting for them to drop in price before picking one up, Amazon is currently offering refurbished Pixel 3s for just $390.

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Google says Home speaker won't be renamed to 'Nest Home' right now

Earlier this year, Google renamed its smart display from the 'Home Hub' to the 'Nest Hub.' It was the first step in rebranding its smart home devices under the Nest name, and there was speculation that the original Home speaker might be included. Google has put the rumors to rest, and confirmed to us that the Google Home is sticking to its original name — for now, anyway.

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33 temporarily free and 39 on-sale apps and games to finish the week

Welcome to Friday, everyone. It's the end of the week, so that means it's time to pore through another one of our sales roundups. Today I have a few highlights presented in bold, so make sure to snag these deals before their sales end.

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YouTube for Android tests a more personal Home page with topic filters

YouTube has been in the news these days for good, bad, and relatively middling reasons. Putting aside all the controversies, the app is now trying something new that affects its most important element: the Home page. On Android, some users have started seeing topic filters that let them focus their feed on one subject at a time, thus getting rid of all superfluous recommendations and unwanted content.

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[Update: Mi 9, Xperia 1] ARCore support comes to Pixel 3a, OnePlus 7, LG G8, and a bunch of Apple devices

Every few weeks, Google updates its ARCore support list with new devices. This time around, Google's added the two new LG flagship phones — the G8 and the V50 — as well as four iPad models and the iPhone XR.

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Google app beta's new search sharing helps shame your lazy friends

New functionality has cropped up in the beta version of the Google app. Users can now share search results, potentially saving time: instead of telling someone to Google something, you can just share a link that'll do it for them. It's sort of like LMGTFY, but slightly less passive-aggressive.

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Gmail for Android starts getting first bits of dark mode

Those of you going insane at the amount of white in the latest Google app redesigns have probably been calming yourselves by thoughts of forthcoming dark modes. Most recently, the Google app, Files by Google, Google Drive, and Google Keep have received dark UIs of their own, and Gmail might just be next. The latest Gmail APK contains our first look at a dark mode, though it's sporadic and only in settings.

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25 temporarily free and 38 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Welcome to another round of app sales. It's Wednesday, which means we're almost over the hump, so why not reward yourself with some time away from work to pour through our latest app and game sales roundup. I don't have too many standouts today, but hopefully our Friday list will wrap up the week with a bang.

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