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Google data shows how people’s movements have changed since outbreak

Google data shows how people’s movements have changed since outbreak

Technology
Visits to shops, museums and cafes in the UK have fallen by 85% since the coronavirus outbreak, according to data shared by Google. The technology firm's anonymised data of people's locations provides an insight into how the public are moving around during the pandemic. The information comes from products such as Google Maps, the company said. During the period between 16 February and 29 March, visits by people in the UK to retail and recreation locations, such as restaurants, shopping centres and galleries dropped by 85%.Trips to outdoor spaces such as parks and beaches fell 52%. ...
Coronavirus: Google reveals travel habits during the pandemic

Coronavirus: Google reveals travel habits during the pandemic

Technology
Google is to publicly track people's movements over the course of the coronavirus pandemic.The tech firm will publish details of the different types of places people are going to on a county-by-county basis in the UK, as well as similar data for 130 other countries.The plan is to issue a regular updates with the figures referring back to activity from two or three days prior.The company has promised that individuals' privacy will be preserved.The readings are based on location data gathered via the Google Maps app or one of the firm's other mobile services. The firm typically uses this to reveal when specific museums, shops and other places are busiest as well as to revise driving routes to help motorists avoid traffic. ...
Google tells staff to work at home due to coronavirus

Google tells staff to work at home due to coronavirus

Technology
Google's parent company Alphabet has asked its North American staff to work from home to reduce the potential spread of the coronavirus.Last week the tech giant sent a memo to staff recommending that employees in Washington state work from home.It has now expanded that request to all of its almost 100,000 workers across 11 office in the US and Canada. Alphabet is the latest company to make such an announcement as US coronavirus cases have risen to almost 1,000."Out of an abundance of caution, and for the protection of Alphabet and the broader community, we now recommend you work from home if your role allows," Chris Rackow, Google's vice president of global security, wrote in an email to workers.Alphabet said its offices in North America will remain open...
Google profiting from illegal weapon sales

Google profiting from illegal weapon sales

Technology
Google is profiting from the illegal online trade of weapons including stun guns and pepper sprays, which are being advertised and delivered to offenders in the UK.Paid-for listings on its shopping service as well as ads on Google Search are promoting sellers on eBay and other sites who are offering to illegally sell and ship weapons to British consumers. Electroshock weapons advertised by Google include a stun gun advertised as 950,000 volts - almost 20 times more powerful than Tasers used by police. The UK-based firm listing this product, DirectNine, did not respond to requests for comment. Image: The ads for the illegal weapons appeared in Google Search. Sky News has blurred a legal ad. Selling, buying or possessing pepper spray, s...
LIC adopts Google Cloud for digital platform

LIC adopts Google Cloud for digital platform

Finance
LIC Housing Finance Ltd. has partnered with Google Cloud to host its next-generation digital mobile platform which is expected to better serve the needs of home loan applicants. The new mobile application will enables LIC Housing Finance to reach a broader audience of customers it will also fasttrack the loan process by assessing the eligibility of each applicant online. It will reduce the lengthy paper-based loan application process. Siddhartha Mohanty, MD & CEO of LIC Housing Finance, said, “The new app will enable us to speed up the entire process of granting loans to new applicants as well as facilitate the services being availed by the existing beneficiaries. Working with Google Cloud, we have the ability to scale automatically to handle peak customer loads securely, and serve the