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Google says it’s working to remove annoying spam from Calendar

In June, we discovered that spammers and scammers found a new way to distribute their unwarranted information via Google Calendar by exploiting a default setting in Gmail which automatically invites email recipients to events. Now, Google is finally ready to step in. The company today announced that it's working on resolving the issue, but isn't ready to share any details just yet.

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Verizon will begin rolling out automatic spam call filtering today

No one in the world likes spam phone calls—it's probably the only thing on which everyone can agree. The FCC recently allowed carriers to block these calls by default, and Verizon says it's moving full-steam ahead to take advantage of that. Starting today, it will begin auto-enrolling customers in free spam blocking.

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Google adds a new user-reporting feature to the dying Hangouts service

If you're a Hangouts user, you're probably aware Google is splitting its service into two separate ones: Meet and Chat. Although the consumer transition (i.e. for non-G Suite users) won't happen before the end of this year, it's fair to expect Google wouldn't add new features to the classic Hangouts experience and focus on Meet and Chat instead. However, the company just surprised us by adding the ability to report users into its soon-to-die service.

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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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[Update: Official statement from Google] Google Duo users around the world are receiving ads for the Indian cricket team

Despite facing fierce competition, Duo managed to make a name for itself and even passed more than one billion downloads on the Play Store. A nice touch that makes the app fun to use is the special video effects it features during holidays such as Valentine's Day or Holi. Continuing with the tradition, Google wanted to celebrate the launch of the twelfth Cricket World Cup with a special message to supporters of the Indian national team. However, there seems to have been a targeting glitch, as people in many other countries are receiving it, despite having absolutely no ties to the country.

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Firefox is experimenting with blocking website notification requests by default

You know how websites ask for permission to send you notifications all the time, and how you almost never agree to it? Mozilla noticed that too, and has started an experiment in its Firefox Nightly browser build that blocks those requests until users take certain actions on a site.

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Twitter tweaks tattling tools to tag and terminate terrible tweets

Twitter has become the de-facto mouthpiece of everyone from the head-of-state to the neighborhood headcase, and the level of discourse often falls to that of a middle school playground. Unlike your 'permanent record' though, tweets can have real-life consequences — whether it be getting arrested, becoming universally hated, or harm falling your way by someone leaked your private information online (also called doxing). Twitter's spam reporting mechanism is often overwhelmed, leading to long lead times in removing sensitive data, so today the company added a step which it hopes will help prioritize such cases.

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Google will prioritize fixing Drive's spam issues

Google Drive is a powerful cloud service for storing files and creating documents. It even has a robust sharing system in place to help you collaborate with friends and colleagues. However, that sharing functionality is a bit too... permissive. It's easy to spam people with shared files and folders, and there's no way you can completely remove them from your account. Now, Google says it's aware of the issue and will implement a fix.

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Spam protection is going live in Messages for some

Earlier this month, we spotted the first signs that spam protection was finally ready to roll out to Android Messages after over half a year of development. Based on reports from a handful of tipsters, that spam protection feature is now going live, though not everyone seems to have it just yet.

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Twitter now lets you specify the type of spam you're reporting

Crappy posts are part and parcel with any social network, and Twitter has more than its fair share of spam, scams, and bald-faced lies. The platform has always allowed users to report spammy posts, but now, the functionality is getting more granular, letting you specify the particular type of spam you're flagging.

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