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Dragonfly memo details Google’s tracking measures for Chinese search engine

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

Google's plans for a Chinese search and news service, known internally as Dragonfly, continue to leak and create controversy. In August, it was revealed that Google would soon reenter the Chinese marketplace, which Google CEO Sundar Pichai denied, calling it "an exploration stage." Then on Sept. 14th, it was reported that Google would track users using their phone number.

Now a new memo gives further details regarding the extent of Dragonfly's tracking. The memo was created and circulated internally by an engineer who was asked to work on the project.

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Dragonfly memo details Google's tracking measures for Chinese search engine was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Dragonfly memo details Google’s tracking measures for Chinese search engine

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

Google's plans for a Chinese search and news service, known internally as Dragonfly, continue to leak and create controversy. In August, it was revealed that Google would soon reenter the Chinese marketplace, which Google CEO Sundar Pichai denied, calling it "an exploration stage." Then on Sept. 14th, it was reported that Google would track users using their phone number.

Now a new memo gives further details regarding the extent of Dragonfly's tracking. The memo was created and circulated internally by an engineer who was asked to work on the project.

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Dragonfly memo details Google's tracking measures for Chinese search engine was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google reportedly plans to release a censored search app in China

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

Google is planning to release a censored version of its search app in China, according to a report from The Intercept. The project, apparently code-named Dragonfly, has been in development since last spring. The app will limit searches to exclude information not approved by the Chinese government, like results about sex or political dissidence.

The app, which has been called Maotai and Longfei at different stages in development, has been demonstrated to Chinese officials, and could release in the next six to nine months.

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Google reportedly plans to release a censored search app in China was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google and Amazon are closing ‘domain fronting’ loopholes used to bypass web censorship

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

For years, governments around the world have tried to block various web services. This has often proved tricky in recent times, as the recent Telegram bans in Iran and Russia revealed. For example, Russia broke countless other sites while attempting to block Telegram, because they shared the same infrastructure (AWS, Google Cloud Messaging, etc).

To get around the Russia ban, Telegram opted to use "domain fronting," a popular method of bypassing censorship.

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Google and Amazon are closing 'domain fronting' loopholes used to bypass web censorship was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Russia attempts to block Telegram with all the restrained composure of a bull in a china shop

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

The global availability of smartphones and the app stores that house their software makes it as easy for developers to share their work with users down the street as those living on the other side of the world. And while we tend to feel that broad access to software is almost always a good thing, not everyone is going to agree, and sometimes all it takes is one government getting upset about one app to cause some serious fallout.

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Russia attempts to block Telegram with all the restrained composure of a bull in a china shop was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

WhatsApp is now blocked in China

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

China has a long history of blocking or limiting access to websites, especially social networks and Western-owned sites. Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and many Google services are currently blocked in mainland China. WhatsApp has been partially-blocked in the past (for a while, video chats and some other functionality wasn't working), but now the entire service seems to be non-functional.

The new block is disrupting all aspects of the service, including normal text messaging.

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WhatsApp is now blocked in China was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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