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Google and Facebook scammed out of $100M but say that money was recovered

Google and Facebook were scammed out of a total of 0M by a crook sending fake invoices purporting to be from Taiwanese server supplier Quanta Computer, reports Fortune. The scam was allegedly carried out by a Lithuanian man, Evaldas Rimasauskas.

Over a two-year span, the corporate imposter convinced accounting departments at the two tech companies to make transfers worth tens of millions of dollars. By the time the firms figured out what was going on, Rimasauskas had coaxed out over 0 million in payments, which he promptly stashed in bank accounts across Eastern Europe.

Google said that all of its money has been recovered, while Facebook said this was true of ‘the bulk’ of its funds, but questions are still being asked of both organisations …

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Google+ on the web now lets you drag and drop images for posts and comments

There aren’t that many people left that still care about Google+, but that doesn’t mean Google has given up on the platform — at least not yet. Today, we learn via famed Google Product Director Luke Wroblewksi that a nifty new feature is rolling out to the social network. You’ll soon be able to drag and drop images into the Google+ website to start a new post or add comments…

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Google focusing on search, AI, and more in Founders’ Letter from Sundar Pichai

Every year, Larry Page and Sergey Brin write a Founders’ Letter to inform stockholders of recent developments and their vision for the future. For 2016, Page had recently-anointed Google CEO Sundar Pichai write the letter as a majority of ‘bets’ are under his purview. The letter focuses on six main areas.

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App teardown suggests that the Google Wallet card is going away June 30th

Update: It’s confirmed. Google is now sending the below email to users who have a card.

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A new app teardown from Android Police today reveals that the Google Wallet card — which was first announced in November 2013 after many rumors of the troubled project being scrapped — is now finally getting the boot effective June 30th. The card assumably never really took off, and it seems that I’m one of the rare few that still has one of these little now-souvenirs… more…

Google just published the Material Design Awards for 2016, here are the winning Android apps

Ever since the introduction of Material Design way back at 2014’s I/O, Google has put a lot more emphasis on design than ever before. “Google Design” itself became a thing, and among the initiatives promoted by the company to bolster its overhauled aesthetic sense, there are proper MD “Awards”, whose 2016 winners have just been announced

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