Google now lets you order food without a delivery app

Starting today, you can now order food directly from Google Search, Google Maps, or Google Assistant. The functionality works using partnerships with existing delivery companies like DoorDash, Postmates, and ChowNow, and means you can order from any of them without having to downloading an additional app, or even visiting their website. In Google Search and...
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Google puts Huawei Android suspension on hold

Google has confirmed that its suspension of Android services to Chinese tech giant Huawei is on hold. The move follows the US Department of Commerce decision to grant Huawei a licence of 90 days so it could help existing customers. Previously, the department had blacklisted Huawei by placing it on an entity list, forcing US...
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Google Wants Your Phone Number — Should You Provide It?

There’s a rule of thumb that if an article poses a question in the headline then the answer is always no. I’m bucking that trend right now: yes you should give Google your phone number and here’s why. More often than not I am handing out advice regarding how to control the amount of data about...
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Google creates mega campus in north San Jose of 1 million square feet with new purchase

SAN JOSE — Google has quietly assembled what would be one of the largest office campuses in the Bay Area with a fresh purchase of several office buildings in north San Jose near the Alviso community. With its latest acquisition in the northernmost section of San Jose, Google now controls eight big buildings and has...
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Google Trips portal makes it easier to plan vacations online

Like its mobile counterpart, it gives you access to flights, hotels, tour packages and other relevant information in one place. The left-hand menu has tabs that give you access to each of those details. If you’re signed into your Google account, it can also give you trip suggestions based on your location and previous searches....
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Google Just Handed Amazon A Massive Advantage In Smart Home Tech

“Alexa, say ‘Thanks’ to Google.” We won’t see any message like that in the near future, but Amazon executives should be very happy right now. And the massive ‘Works with Alexa‘ program should build on its dominant marketing position in smart home technology to grow even stronger. Why? Google just took a big step backward from...
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Google Confirms It Will Stop Tracking Users — What’s The Catch?

Things, specifically privacy things, appear to be moving fast at Google. Of course, we all know that appearances can be deceptive. I recently reported that Google had confirmed it was bringing controls to allow users to set time limits on how long it could save location, web and app activity data. Then my colleague Kate O’Flaherty...
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Google’s Nest changes risk making the smart home a little dumber

This week, Google announced that it would be integrating the Nest brand into its broader line of Home products, essentially making Nest the brand for every smart home gadget it sells. As part of this integration, Google’s Home speaker and smart display products will now carry Nest branding and have Nest features. But in addition...
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Here Is Everything Google Announced At Its I/O Conference

Later this morning, Google CEO Sundar Pichai will give us a glimpse of what’s new and what’s next for the tech giant at today’s annual I/O developer’s conference. It’s where the company reveals product updates for Android, Assistant, Gmail and a slew of other services; We’ll be on the ground in Mountain View, CA covering...
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Google hardware chief Rick Osterloh is just getting started

More than most companies, Google might be well positioned to offer appealing phones without luxury-item price tags. Already, most of the most interesting things about its devices involve advances in software rather than hardware, such as the Pixel’s AI-infused Night Sight camera mode. “A lot of the future innovation, in our opinion, is going to...
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