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Mobile Site Performance the Highest for Retail Sector: Goog…

Mobile Site Performance the Highest for Retail Sector: Goog…

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With the rising influence of mobile, consumer experience is playing a critical role in mobile-commerce. Mobile sites have become important storefronts for brands, and customers’ buying decisions are determined by seamless search and purchase journeys on their devices. However, are Indian mobile websites equipped to handle consumer need? Do they offer coherent search and purchase paths? Do they match international standards and apply global best practises?Google India released a Google-commissioned study from Accenture Interactive benchmarking over 110 Indian mobile websites across three verticals – financial services, retail and commerce, and travel. The study aimed to rate them against specific attributes, viz. Findability, Product Page Design, Registration and Conversion, Mobile Desig
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Tech Companies Dragged Feet on Russian Interference Data, R…

Tech Companies Dragged Feet on Russian Interference Data, R…

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SAN FRANCISCO — When lawmakers asked YouTube, a unit of Google, to provide information about Russian manipulation efforts, it did not disclose how many people watched the videos on its site that were created by Russian trolls.Facebook did not release the comments that its users made when they viewed Russian-generated content. And Twitter gave only scattered details about the Russian-controlled accounts that spread propaganda there.The tech companies’ foot-dragging was described in a pair of reports that the Senate Intelligence Committee published on Monday, in what were the most detailed accounts to date about how Russian agents have wielded social media against Americans in recent years.In the reports, Google, Twitter and Facebook (which also owns Instagram) were described by researche
Europeans have the right to take themselves off Google, but…

Europeans have the right to take themselves off Google, but…

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In Europe, citizens have the right to remove themselves from Google. In Australia, our lawmakers don’t respect our privacy all that much.     Are you happy being Australian, or would you prefer to be European? Before you answer that, let me give you one more fact that might change your mind. There is one important thing Europeans have that we don’t: the right to be forgotten. Let me explain. Say you post a drunken photograph online when you are 17, but would like a responsible job as a criminal lawyer when you are 30. Then that youthful faux-pas might come back to haunt you. Because everything that was ever put online, by yourself or somebody else, is still there, and will be there forever. If you ever got into trouble with the law, or said something racist or generally stup
Christopher Niesche: Oz watchdog’s move is a huge threat to…

Christopher Niesche: Oz watchdog’s move is a huge threat to…

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Out of every hundred dollars spent on digital advertising in Australia, $47 goes to Google and $21 goes to Facebook, leaving just $32 for every other social media site, search engine and news site to compete over. And when Australians do an online search, 94 per cent of the time it's via Google; likewise, of those Australians who have a social media account, some 95 per cent use Facebook. The statistics illustrate the dominance of the two platforms in advertising and media and, indeed, in the daily lives of Australians — and have now prompted Australia's competition regulator to launch a world-first attempt to curb its powers. In a report last week, the Australian Consumer & Competition Commission said we are "at a critical point in considering the impact of digital platforms
Facebook, Google don’t allow CBD ads so ZenPup has to get c…

Facebook, Google don’t allow CBD ads so ZenPup has to get c…

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Currently, 47 states allow some form of CBD sales. The 2018 Farm Bill, which Congress passed this week, allows states to decide if CBD products made from hemp can be sold in their jurisdiction. However, it doesn't protect the products from the Food and Drug Administration, which can penalize companies for making inaccurate health claims. "We avoid talking about anything too specific about what the product will do," said Cary Smith, senior vice president at agency North 6th Agency. "If you come from an educational standpoint, you skew towards less restrictions, and have a bit of a larger organic reach." With so much uncertainty in the market, Google a...
Chrome OS 71 rolling out w/ ‘Better Together’ Android integ…

Chrome OS 71 rolling out w/ ‘Better Together’ Android integ…

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Following a Google Material Theme update in September and a complete launcher redesign aimed at tablets and other touchscreen devices, Chrome OS 71 is rolling out today. A big focus of this update is improving the experience of owning a Chromebook and an Android device. This integration between Chrome OS devices and Android phones is aptly named “Better Together.” Upon updating to Chrome OS 71, a notification notes how “Your devices work even better together.” Tapping the alert or heading to the new “Connected devices” section in Settings opens a prompt noting what this entails. Setup involves confirming the Google Account used on both the laptop and phone. Available functionality varies by both phone and Chromebook. On a Pixel phone, Better Together brings together the existing
Hotel and homes eyed for San Jose site near Santana Row

Hotel and homes eyed for San Jose site near Santana Row

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SAN JOSE — It’s a San Jose hotel development with a twist: Along with more than 100 hotel rooms for a project near the Santana Row and Valley Fair retail centers, builders want to add dozens of residences to the mix. The project, which would be built between the retail hubs and downtown San Jose, would include 106 hotel units and 28 residential units. The site is on the north wide of West San Carlos Street at the corner of Cleveland Avenue. “We are seeing speculative developers who are trying to take advantage of the close proximity to the Google transit village downtown and the Santana Row and Valley Fair centers,” said Dharmesh Patel, executive managing director hotels with Colliers International, a commercial realty brokerage. Mountain View-based Google has proposed a transit-oriente
What I Learned By Quitting Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google,…

What I Learned By Quitting Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google,…

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In May I made the decision to excise the so-called “Big Five” tech companies from my life for a month. That meant no services offered by Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, or any of their subsidiaries. There were a number of reasons I wanted to undertake this experiment, ranging from reclaiming my privacy to learning more about how the technology I use every day actually works. The main reason, however, was simply to see if the Big Five services were actually necessary or merely convenient. I found that there were adequate open-source or independent replacements for pretty much every major Big Five service. In some cases, such as mapping software or social media platforms, the gulf between the Big Five and alternative services was so large that it made a noticeable, negative
Apple to top 1,000 employees in Seattle, add new site in ci…

Apple to top 1,000 employees in Seattle, add new site in ci…

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Photo Illustration by Monica Nickelsburg, GeekWire, original photo by Dan Hershman, via Flickr. Apple will expand its Seattle operations to more than 1,000 employees and establish a new site in the city, moving further into the backyards of hometown tech titans Microsoft and Amazon, and escalating the competition for tech talent in the region. The company announced the plan for Seattle as part of a broader national expansion unveiled this morning. Austin landed Apple’s big prize, a new $1 billion, 133-acre campus with capacity for up to 15,000 employees. However, Seattle is among three other U.S. cities where the tech giant says it will significantly expand its operations over the next three years. Apple Image Apple first announced plans for a national expansion and ne