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Book a fitness class anywhere in the US with a Google search

Engadget

When Reserve with Google starting helping users book fitness classes last year, the scheduling tool was only available in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City. Today, the company announced that the handy feature is now available all over the US. That means that you'll be able to book and pay for a yoga or exercise session in Google Maps, Google Search or directly through the Reserve with Google website. The Reserve with Google website allows you to use specific filters to narrow down the fitness studios nearby so you can find exactly what you're looking for. It also serves up recommendations and lets you book a spot in the classes you already enjoy.


Stop Google tracking your location

ZDNet

Doing a Google search or using Google Maps gives the company your location to pinpoint accuracy. Why does Google want this? To serve you more relevant ads and search results and so on, but for some people, that's an unacceptable privacy tradeoff. Here's how to stop handing over your location data to Google. That was a long trip!


Google's biggest hits, misses, and WTF moments of 2016

PCWorld

What would a year in Google be without the crossing of some privacy boundary? This year's transgression involved a privacy policy update that lets Google combine cookie information from DoubleClick--essentially, information about your browsing activity--with personally identifiable information from other Google services. As ProPublica reported in October, the change could allow Google to "build a complete portrait of a user by name, based on everything they write in email, every website they visit, and the searches they conduct." Google founder Sergey Brin once vowed not to combine these data pools. The push to collate more user data may also explain why Google backtracked this year on default end-to-end encryption in its new messaging app Allo.


Google is making it easier to access and manage your...

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Users' Google Search data can now be managed directly from the search engine in a bid to make it easier for them to access their activity. Previously, people would have to go to the Google Account area to review and manage data, but these controls will now be brought directly to Google Search. Eric Miraglia, the company's director of product management, privacy and data protection, said Search is the first in a new strategy to help make it easier for users to make decisions about their data, before moving on to Maps and other Google products next year. 'Without ever leaving Search, you can now review and delete your recent search activity, get quick access to the most relevant privacy controls in your Google account, and learn more about how Search works with your data,' Mr Miraglia said. The move comes amid increased concern about how the public's data is handled by big tech companies, most recently in the case of the Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal.


How to delete your Google data

PCWorld

I deleted Google from my life for a while, and it worked out surprisingly well, despite the fact that Google is involved in a lot of things we deal with these days. For some, part of the reason for dropping Google is to protect your personal information. But when you stop using the products in favor of alternatives, that doesn't do anything to all the personal data Google has already collected on you. To round out your Google departure, let's go over what you can delete, and how. And if you want to download some of it before you axe it, check out the tutorial on downloading your Google data, too.