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Google Shopping Getting a Major Overhaul in Offline, Online Mobile Sites

Google’s local delivery service called ‘Google Express’ — which was absorbed into Google Shopping earlier this year — is also a part of Google local delivery service now, which offers a single, unified place to shop

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FILE - A woman walks past the logo for Google at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai, Nov. 5, 2018. VOA

Google Shopping is getting a major overhaul in the US across both offline and online mobile sites and includes new features, including options to shop from local stores, track prices and find style inspiration through Google Lens.

The new homepage is now more personalised to your specific shopping preferences, and will automatically suggest reordering products you’ve previously bought and recommendations based on your Google activity, The Verge reported on Thursday.

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One of the main building at Google’s headquarters for European operations in Dublin Ireland. Wikimedia Commons

Google’s local delivery service called ‘Google Express’ — which was absorbed into Google Shopping earlier this year — is also a part of Google local delivery service now, which offers a single, unified place to shop.

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The idea is that now, you’ll simply search for whatever it is you’re looking for, and then order it from wherever most makes sense, be it online, from a local store or from retailers selling directly through Google, the report added. (IANS)

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Apple Refutes Report of Sharing Safari Data with Tencent or Google

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said he believes privacy is "ingrained in the Constitution," but that he's worried about how third-party companies have worked to collect information on us

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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

After media reports surfaced that Apple is sending iOS users’ data via its Safari browser to Google and the Chinese tech company Tencent, the Cupertino-based iPhone maker refuted such reports, saying it safeguards people’s information in its own systems and never shares it with third-party players.

A report in reclaimthenet.org stated that “Apple, which often positions itself as a champion of privacy and human rights, may be sending some IP addresses from users of its Safari browser on iOS to Chinese conglomerate Tencent — a company with close ties to the Chinese Communist Party”.

The report focused on Apple’s “fraudulent website warning” system which is built into Apple’s Safari web browser to warn people when they visit sites that are harmful and can trick users into sharing login passwords for banks, email and social media.

“Before visiting a website, Safari may send information calculated from the website address to Google Safe Browsing and Tencent Safe Browsing to check if the website is fraudulent. These browsing providers may also log your IP address,’ read the information on Apple’s “Safari & Privacy” section.

It’s unclear when Apple started allowing Tencent and Google to log some user IP addresses, but one Twitter user reported the change in Safari happened as early as the iOS 12.2 beta in February 2019, said the report.

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In a statement, the company said it actually doesn’t send information to Google or Tencent.

“Instead, it receives a list of bad websites from both companies and then uses it to protect people as they surf the web. Apple sometimes obscures the information about the website people visit if it requests more information to check if a questionable website is malicious,” CNET reported on Monday, citing Apple’s statement.

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For people concerned about their privacy, the service can be turned off in Safari preferences on the iPhone or Mac.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said he believes privacy is “ingrained in the Constitution,” but that he’s worried about how third-party companies have worked to collect information on us. (IANS)