Google Will Shut Down Early After a Bug Impacts Over 50 Million

first_img SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit Google is shutting down its Google+ network early after a bug exposed millions of customers’ private information to app developers.On Monday, Google announced the Google+ shutdown in a blog post, and confirmed that approximately 52.5 million people were impacted by a bug in a November software update. Google discovered the bug during its testing procedures and fixed it within a week to prevent further issues.According to Google, the bug enabled app developers to see Google+ profile information, including names, email addresses, and occupations, that were not publicly shared. App developers accidentally had access to this data for six days, but they weren’t able to view national identification numbers, passwords, or financial information. Google said no third party compromised its systems, and that it hasn’t found evidence of developers misusing the information or being aware of the problem.Due to ongoing privacy issues, Google+ said it will shut down Google+ in April 2019 and that it will shutter all Google+ APIs within the next 90 days. With the Google+ shut down, Google plans to give Google+ users additional tips on how to safely transition off the platform.Google has already alerted customers who were impacted by the Google+ bug, and plans to keep an open investigation on the private information issue.More on Geek.com:This Alexa-Enabled Talking Fish Twerks and Responds to Your VoiceWatch: This Toilet-Cleaning Robot Does the Dirty Work for YouIntel Falcon8+ Drones Find New Calling as Bridge Inspectors Stay on targetlast_img read more

Watch Mexicos Popocatépetl Volcano Explodes in Largest Eruption in Years

first_img Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano erupted late on Monday, hurling incandescent rock about 1.5 miles down its slopes and sending ash into the night sky near the nation’s capital.The explosion, one of the volcano’s largest eruptions in years, was heard from nearby communities and was loud enough to shake doors and windows of houses in the city of Puebla, according to local media.According to the Washington Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC), the explosion at the volcano had taken place at 9:38 p.m. local time.Mexico’s National Centre for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED) said the blast had sent a column of ash almost a mile (1.2 km) into the air.In a statement, the agency urged residents — especially the some 25 million who live within about 60 miles of the mountain’s crater — not to approach the volcano, because of the danger involved in the fall of ballistic fragments.#Popocatepetl habitantes asustados que habitan cerca del #volcan muestran la magnitud de la explosión momentos después del gran estruendo. #Popocatepetl #Puebla #Mexico @webcamsdemexico pic.twitter.com/R0s3q4dXJk— Kren Feliz (@felizkren) March 19, 2019Video posted to Twitter (shown above) show rattled residents living in the vicinity of the volcano in the aftermath of the loud explosion.The 17,797-foot volcano has been particularly active in recent months, several times spewing out sprays of hot rock and towering clouds of ash, the Associated Press reported.The Mexican government has issued a Yellow Alert, which means people should prepare for a possible evacuation, although no such order is in place right now. No injuries were reported from the Monday night explosion.Popocatépetl is considered the most threatening volcano in North America, in terms of explosive activity and population threat. Its current low- or moderate-scale eruptive behavior can switch relatively quickly to a large, catastrophic Plinian eruption, the largest and most violent of all the types of volcanic eruptions, according to the volcanologists at the National History Museum.More on Geek.com:Watch Scientists Explode Lava to Study Volcanoes35 Incredible Images of Earth’s Volcanoes and Mountains From SpaceStrange ‘Whirlpool Hole’ in the Sky Spotted Over UAE and Oman Man Critically Injured After Falling Down Volcano on HoneymoonAstronauts Capture Incredible Photo of Volcanic Eruption From Space Stay on targetlast_img read more