Good morning, Austin. Here’s hoping your Thursday is a good one.
Here’s a look at some of the tech-related stories making news and generating buzz around the internet today:
Saying goodbye to landline phones
If you have ditched your traditional landline phone and gone cell phone only, you have plenty of company. According to a U.S. government study released Thursday, 50.8 percent of homes and apartments had only cellphone service in the latter half of 2016 -- the first time such households attained a majority in the survey. The survey found that 45.9 percent of households still have landline phones, with the remaining households have no phone service at all. About 39 percent of U.S. households have both landline and cellphone service.
Renters and younger adults are more likely to have just a cellphone, which researchers attribute to their mobility and comfort with newer technologies.
Google Docs phishing scam
Google says it has put a stop to a phishing scam that swept across the internet on Wednesday. The scam claimed to come from Google Docs, and anyone who clicked a link and followed instructions risked giving hackers access to their email accounts.
Google officials say they were able to stop the scam "within approximately one hour", including through "removing fake pages and applications".
"While contact information was accessed and used by the campaign, our investigations show that no other data was exposed," Google said in written statement. "There's no further action users need to take regarding this event; users who want to review third party apps connected to their account can visit Google Security Checkup."
In the wake of the phishing attack, Google says it will offer a new security feature in its Gmail application on Android that will help warn users about suspicious links.
And yes, this is Star Wars Day
As most fans of the “Star Wars’ franchise already know, May 4 (May the Fourth be with you...) is Star Wars Day. Moving beyond the terrible pun, the day is filled with all sorts of events celebrating the collection of films. CNet has a pretty exhaustive look at the day and what it means to fans.
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