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Google Just Forever Changed How We Find Each Other and Not Entirely in a Good Way

On Tuesday, Google published a blog post to announce it was “giving everyone, everywhere an address.” That sounds very generous of the company, though it’s worth considering what that really means. Obviously Google runs the largest map service on earth, and it isn’t even close. Clearly it has a motivation to bring a standardized way of locating places since Google Maps is the default way many people get directions every day.

In that sense, Plus Codes, which is what Google is calling this new feature, is a good thing. According to Google:

Plus Codes use latitude and longitude to produce a short, easy-to-share digital address that can represent any location on the planet… A Plus Code can easily be used where no addresses, street names or even streets exist today.  Someone in an area without addresses no longer needs to give out complicated instructions to find a home or workplace–like “drive to the community center, turn left and look for the blue house with the red roof.”  Now, they can simply share a short Plus Code and it immediately works.

I think it’s fair to argue that Google is providing a very valuable service. In developing nations, especially, there are people and businesses that live in areas that lack basic infrastructure. In that case, having an address can be the difference between being found by customers–not to mention emergency services–or being invisible. 

It’s hard to argue against that benefit until you remember that with every service provided by Google, there’s a cost. It doesn’t always seem like it because, on the surface, at least, the service appears to be free. And by free, I mean you don’t have to put in a credit card number and make a payment in order to have Google create a Plus Code for you.

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ACMA survey highlights how COVID-19 changed Australia’s online behaviour

Australia’s reliance on the internet and communication services grew significantly for the six months to June 2020, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) 2020 annual consumer survey has revealed.

It showed that 99% of Australians accessed the internet, an increase from 90% of Australians who accessed the internet during the same period last year.

The survey suggested the increase in online activities was likely driven by the COVID-19 restrictions that were introduced in March 2020, given that there were no significant changes from 2018 to 2019.

Emailing, web browsing, banking, and watching videos remained the most popular online activities during the six months.

Read: Long-term remote work is leading to a global drop in productivity (TechRepublic)

Also, for the first time, the ACMA survey showed the participation rates of users going online for accessing news, posting and engaging with content, video conferencing and calling, working from home, telehealth consultations, and studying from home.

When the survey examined how COVID-19 restrictions changed online activity participation, it showed four out of five Australian adults started or increased their participation for both telehealth consultations, and video conferencing and calling.

Specifically, 45% started telehealth consultation, while another 38% increased their telehealth activities. Meanwhile, video conferencing increased by 59%, followed by work from home at 50%, and study from home at 10%.

Gambling and the purchase of lottery tickets online saw the biggest decline at 34% and 22%, respectively, since COVID-19.

The ACMA added that Australians who started or increased their online activities due to the COVID-19 restrictions were more likely to be aged 18-54 than 55-plus.


Change in internet activities since COVID-19.

Image: ACMA

ACMA’s survey also highlighted how the number of devices that Australian internet users used increased, with the average Australian user accessing 4.4 types of devices, versus just four last

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Drew Madore on how “black hat SEO” has changed over the years

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India’s Sensex Ends Little Changed; Banks, Consumer Stocks Fall

(Bloomberg) — India’s benchmark equity index ended the session little changed as gains in Reliance Industries Ltd. and Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. were offset by a decline in banks and consumer stocks.

a man standing next to a tree: Pedestrians stand outside the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai, India, on Monday, May 20, 2019. Indian stocks rallied the most in more than three years and the rupee and sovereign bonds climbed after exit polls signaled Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling coalition is poised to retain power.

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Pedestrians stand outside the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai, India, on Monday, May 20, 2019. Indian stocks rallied the most in more than three years and the rupee and sovereign bonds climbed after exit polls signaled Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling coalition is poised to retain power.

The S&P BSE Sensex closed at 37,973.22 after swinging between gains of as much as 0.7% and a fall of 0.4% in Mumbai. The NSE Nifty 50 Index fell 0.1%. The previous two sessions of gains have helped trim both gauges’ first monthly losses since May, with overseas investors remaining net sellers of local stocks after four consecutive months of buying.


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“In the absence of major cues, it appears to be a traders’ market,” said Chokkalingam G, chief investment officer at Equinomics Research & Advisory Ltd. in Mumbai. “Investors should trade cautiously and book profits wherever they can.”

India’s government is likely to unveil its borrowing plan for the second half of the year Wednesday, while the central bank has yet to reschedule a policy meeting that had been scheduled to start today.

The rupee weakened 0.1% to 73.8587 per U.S. dollar, while the yield on 10-year government bonds fell three basis points to 6.04%.

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Twelve of 19 sector indexes compiled by BSE Ltd. fell, led by a 2.1% decline in a gauge of telecom companies weighed on by Bharti Airtel Ltd.ICICI Bank Ltd. contributed the most to the Sensex decline, decreasing 1.6%, while Oil and Natural Gas Corp Ltd. had the largest drop, falling 3.8%Reliance Industries Ltd. provided the biggest boost to

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How Has Technology Changed Artwork?

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