In a prepared statement, the firm said its review confirmed what it was already aware of - Google+ failed to capture a significant number of users and developers, so it consequently isn't worth keeping afloat. Google found that no one was using it, saying that "Google+ now has low usage and engagement: 90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds".
It said a bug in its software meant information that people believed was private had been accessible by third parties.
Affected data included Google+ profile information like names, email addresses, occupations, gender and age information, but no personal messages, according to the company, which added that it didn't find any evidence that any developer actually exploited the bug to access any of this information.
Finding 4: When users grant SMS, Contacts and Phone permissions to Android apps, they do so with certain use cases in mind.
In response to the breach, Google is shutting down all consumer functionality of Google+. The API was created to only keep logs for two week periods. "The consumer version of Google+ now has low usage and engagement: 90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds", the company said in a statement.
Google said Monday that it will phase out Google+ over the next ten months.
So, quite a few security and privacy changes were announced here.
Upon discovering the bug, Google patched it, but opted not to disclose it to the public out of fear of regulatory pressure and unfavorable comparisons to Facebook's Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal.
A Hong Kong store is already selling the Pixel 3 XL While it is expected in Charcoal and Chalk colour options, the exact sale details would only be known at the launch event. The phone has 12.2 megapixels Rea camera and 8 megapixels dual front camera with a super-wide secondary front camera.
Google said up to 500,000 users had been affected.
Chief Executive Sundar Pichai was briefed on the plan not to notify users after an internal committee had reached that decision, sources told the WSJ.
Google admitted in the blog post disclosing the bug that usage of Google+ has dropped off in recent years.
"This review crystallized what we've known for a while: that while our engineering teams have put a lot of effort and dedication into building Google+ over the years, it has not achieved broad consumer or developer adoption, and has seen limited user interaction with apps".
While Google+ will no longer be a consumer product, new features will be coming soon to turn it into an enterprise-focused platform.
The announcement comes as public scrutiny has intensified around Silicon Valley tech giants' management of user data, among other issues.
To make the closure of the service as seamless as possible, Google says it'll implement a "wind-down" period over the next 10 months with the goal to have everyone off Google+ and officially pull the plug by the end of August 2019.
Google has thus far been able to defer much of the criticism to Facebook and Twitter, but the Google+ bug may thrust it further into the spotlight.
Hundreds of protesters were arrested on Capitol Hill this week - including several dozen in the hours leading to the final vote. While McConnell said Kavanaugh's confirmation was a shining moment for the GOP, some Republicans weren't so sure.
He said no match had been found for DNA sample collected so far from the crime scene, which was close to a psychiatric clinic. Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said it was only a matter of time before the police find the perpetrator.
Tipped as frontrunners for the award in recent years, the pair will share the nine million Swedish kronor (about $1.01m) prize. Yale economist William Nordhaus is being recognized "for integrating climate change into long-run macroeconomic analysis".
In that time, they have only allowed 13 shots on target, highlighting how hard they are to break down on home soil. Go back a year ago and they lose that, so on the back of Italy on Wednesday they should be pleased with that'.
The company never hesitated to confirm some of the leaked details while also revealing new features of the upcoming smartphone. OnePlus is promising the 6T will have the fastest ever in-display fingerprint scanner, which of course, only time will tell.
That will give you all the information you need to figure out if you someone has access to your Facebook account that should not. The hoax message went viral on Sunday, saying the sender had received a duplicate friend request from the recipient.
Did you check out Venom this weekend? Next up we have " First Man " and " Bad Times at the El Royale " on October 12. Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with comScore, credited Sony and Warner Bros. with savvy scheduling.
South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha has given a hint of what a grand bargain between the two countries could look like. South Korea's President Moon Jae-in told a cabinet meeting about Xi's visit on Monday without disclosing further information.
Argentina's domestic satellite manufacturer INVAP built the satellite with assistance from other agencies and domestic companies. As the biggest antenna in space for a civil mission, its main goal is to gather soil moisture information.
But after being booed off at half-time, United avoided going five games without a win thanks to a thrilling second half fightback. This is what a football club is. "I beat Liverpool at Anfield 4-0 and I was amazed to hear the stadium singing Liverpool songs".
However, the main underline of the event will be the new Pixel 3 series which will comprise of Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL . Google will be holding a dedicated media event for the launch of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL in India on October 22.
Barbara Bush marries Craig Coyne in ME wedding
In addition to her mother, father and twin sister, Jenna Bush Hager , her grandfather, former President George H.W. Her namesake and grandmother, former first lady Barbara Bush, died at age 92 in April.
All Blacks snatch last-gasp win against South Africa
The All Blacks tweeted last night that Cane will be out of action for several months but is expected to make a full recovery. Then the New Zealand squad heads to London for the first of their three matches against England , Ireland and Italy .
Brazil election: Jair Bolsonaro leads in exit polls
Early exit polls in Brazil's presidential election suggest the far-right candidate, Jair Bolsonaro , will win the first round. Now Bolsonaro and Haddad, the two top candidates from a field of 13 on Sunday, will have to duke it out on October 28.