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Google’s head of Android to oversee its most important products

From the Cnet Article ‘Google’s head of Android to oversee its most important products’ by   

By promoting one of his most trusted lieutenants, Google CEO Larry Page can spend more time focusing on the future.

Google’s most powerful product chief just got more powerful.

Sundar Pichai, a well-respected executive who oversees some of the company’s most important businesses, has been elevated to take on even more of Google’s core products, the company confirmed to CNET.

Pichai already runs Android, the most widely used mobile operating system in the world; Google’s Web-based software Chrome; and the company’s suite of apps, including Gmail and Docs. Under the reorganization, he will additionally have oversight over research, search, maps, the Google+ social network, ads and infrastructure, according to Recode, which earlier reported the news.

The promotion punctuates Pichai’s quick rise inside the company as well as CEO Larry Page’s desire to off-load some of his management duties to better focus on overall business strategy. While Google’s search and advertising business still generates $50 billion a year in revenue, some financial analysts fear its business is slowing. The company last week reported that paid clicks for the third quarter rose 17 percent from the same period last year. That compares with 26 percent growth the year before.

While Pichai is taking on those new responsibilities, Page will continue to directly oversee a number of Google’s divisions, including the YouTube online video service run by veteran Google employee Susan Wojcicki. Page will also manage business and operations.

Pichai, a well-liked figure at the company, has been a magnet for Google’s product teams. He has been at the company since 2004, managing the Chrome department. He added Google Apps to his responsibilities in 2012 and Android in 2013.

Pichai was the clear star of Google’s I/O developer conference in June — serving as the keynote’s master of ceremonies as Google showed off its latest developments in Android and Chrome.

Though Google confirmed the staff change to CNET, it declined to comment further or disclose his compensation.

 

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Yahoo and Google Working Together on Unified Encrypted Email For 2015

In light of the recent Mega Hack pulled of by Russian Cyber groups, it only seems intelligent for encryption to become more prevalent and looks who’s leading the way for email security: Google, no big shock there, and Yahoo! (insert collective gasp) and their working together. If your feeling dizzy by the news at this point be sure to place your head between your knees and take deep breathes because its really happening.

From Gizmodo.com’s Jamie Condliffe:

“Google has been working towards offering end-to-end encryption for Gmail. But now, it’s teaming up with Yahoo to make both webmail services encrypted in such a way that they both work together.

Yahoo has been a little slower to the encryption party than Google. But yesterday Alex Stamos, Yahoo’s chief information officer, announced at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas that Yahoo Mail will be encrypted end-to-end by some time in 2015. Not just that, it’ll be done in such a way as to make it compatible with Gmail’s, too.

Yahoo’s encryption, then, will mean that all email sent between the two services will be fully encrypted, end-to-end. Given that more than 425 million people use Gmail, and Yahoo Mail usage estimated at 273 million, that’s a lot of extra security.

When two such large organizations join forces on something like this, you know it’s important, and Yahoo has “the hope is that this is open and will be adopted by many others in the email ecosystem.” Which sounds like a great idea; let’s hope end-to-end soon becomes the norm. [WSJ, CNET] “