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IN THE NEWS: S.F. REQUIRES RETAILERS TO TAKE CASH
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — These days, fewer people than ever walk around with cash, preferring to buy stuff with plastic or with electronic wallets. But a move by city lawmakers in San Francisco is aimed at making sure those who want to pay the old-fashioned way can still do so. City supervisors have approved legislation that requires retailers to accept cash for payment. The city follows Philadelphia and the state of New Jersey in banning cashless stores. Critics of no-cash stores say they discriminate against low-income consumers who may not have access to credit cards. On the other hand, cashless retailers say their outlets are safer — and more efficient — than those that handle cash.
IN THE NEWS: WAYMO AND LYFT TEAM UP IN ARIZONA
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — If you can’t beat ‘em, join up with someone else — and try to beat ’em together. That’s the approach being taken by a couple of ride-sharing companies trying to lure passengers from market leader Uber. Google’s self-driving car spinoff Waymo is teaming up with Lyft in one market — in an effort to cut into Uber’s business. The alliance will be tried in Arizona, where people using the Lyft app in the Phoenix area can also summon any of the 10 self-driving Waymo vehicles in the region. Waymo’s robotic vehicles will still have a human behind the wheel to take control in case something goes wrong. But their use as part of Lyft’s service could make more people feel comfortable about riding in self-driving cars.
ON THE WEB: GOOGLE - CHROME BROWSER
CYBERSPACE (AP) — It may just be the way the online cookies crumble. Google says it’s working on a revamp of its Chrome browser — in an effort to limit the number of tracking cookies that electronically stalk you as you roam through the internet. At the heart of the browser tweak — is coding to make it easier to identify the kind of cookies used by third-party websites and advertisers to steer services and products your way. The new Chrome will try to limit those while leaving alone the cookies you want — like those used to preserve logins and personalized website settings. Apple made similar changes to its Safari browser last year.
IN STORES: GOOGLE’S NEW, CHEAPER, SMARTPHONES
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Smartphone sales have slowed worldwide — as prices for the devices have skyrocketed. Google is trying to reverse the sales trend — by offering cheaper versions of one of its smartphones. Google is announcing new versions of its Pixel 3 — which retailed for $800 when it was released. The price for the new Pixel 3a is $399 — and the larger, XL model is priced at $479. Both are now available. The pricey Pixel 3 has gotten good reviews, but relatively few people have been buying them, because of the steep price tag. Word of the more affordable phones came at the Google developers’ conference in Mountain View, California.
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by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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