Internet search leader Google is taking another step beyond information retrieval into grocery delivery.
The new service, called Google Shopping Express, will initially provide same-day delivery of food and other products bought online by a small group of consumers in San Francisco and suburbs south of the city.
The company didn’t say how many people will be part of the test. If the pilot program goes well, Google plans to expand delivery service to other markets.
Confidence among U.S. consumers unexpectedly increased in March from February.
The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan sentiment index advanced to a four-month high of 78.6, exceeding all estimates in a Bloomberg survey, from 77.6 in February. The median forecast was 72.6 after a preliminary March reading of 71.8.
Facebook has invited journalists to the unveiling of what it calls its “new home on Android.”
Next Thursday’s event will take place at the company’s Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters. Facebook isn’t providing further details.
There has been speculation about a “Facebook phone” for a few years. Citing unnamed sources, the tech blog TechCrunch says Facebook will launch a modified version of Android that embeds Facebook deeply into the operating system on a phone made by HTC.
The publisher of Khaled Hosseini, Harlan Coben and other popular authors has decided it’s comfortable with letting libraries offer e-book editions of new releases.
Starting Tuesday, libraries can offer e-books from Penguin Group (USA) at the same time that the hardcover comes out, a switch from the previous policy of delaying downloads for six months.
By 2015, eBay said, it expects to have a marketplace volume of $110 billion as its active user base expands to 200 million, aided by emerging markets.
By the end of 2015, 25 percent of users will be in developing regions, the company said.
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