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Google had a quiet week having released an SDK for Cardboard and made a bug bounty payment after a slip up with the Google.com domain.
The firm also turned its nose up at the .bro web extension, and can expect to have Google Docs challenged by a similar cloud-powered collaboration app from Dropbox.
Google issues bug bounty payment after domain purchase gaffe
Google issued a bug bounty payment after an email gaffe led to the Google.com domain being put up for sale on a URL marketplace , causing it to be quickly snapped up by a US student.
The error meant that ownership of the internet address shifted briefly to Sanmay Ved, who paid $12 for the URL on 29 September, before the transaction was quickly discovered and reversed by Google Domains.
Google Cardboard VR gets Street View walkthroughs and updated SDKs
Google added new features to its Cardboard virtual reality headset that will enable users to take virtual trips in the outside world using Google Street View capabilities.
The INQUIRER reported that Google also released an updated SDK to enable app makers to make better use of Cardboard’s capabilities, particularly with the Unity game engine.
Dropbox reveals document editing app Paper to challenge Google Docs
Google Docs is to have a new rival in the cloud-powered productivity app space after the unveiling of Dropbox Paper .
Currently available as a preview, Dropbox Paper is a document creation web app designed to allow multiple users to work on documents stored in Dropbox’s cloud platform.
Google and Mozilla baulk at adopting .bro extension
The INQUIRER reported that Google and Mozilla have baulked at the idea of using the .bro web extension after concerns that it is inappropriate.
“I have asked a feminist friend from the North American culture sphere, and she advised against bro. We have found a compromise that satisfies us, so we don’t need to discuss this further. Even if we don’t understand why people are upset from our cultural standpoint, they would be (unnecessarily) upset and this is enough reason not to use it,” said Google’s Zoltan Szabadka.