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Google Stops Automatically Storing Audio

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Did you know that Google was storing your audio recordings? If not, the news that they've stopped may come as a surprise to you on many levels. The company doesn't want to stop collecting this important information, but they have stopped doing it automatically. Instead, to get people to opt into the program, they're giving every user the option and explaining what the storing process means and why it happens. They've recently sent users an email detailing the change. This shows that they're not only thinking about privacy, but also about transparency.

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What Does Your Bounce Rate Mean?

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When you rank higher in search results, you get more clicks. Ideally, many of those people will stay on your website. Some of them, however, are going to quickly leave and return to the search results page. This is known as "bouncing" and it's a problem because it often signifies that your site did not give them what they were looking for. You ranked well for SEO and for the terms that they were using, but your site did not deliver in some fashion. The percentage of users who quickly leave your page is reported in analytics as your bounce rate. High bounce rates can undercut your efforts and it's important to ask yourself what is going wrong.

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Chrome Now Lets You Link to Part of a Webpage

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Have you ever been creating a hyperlink when you realized that the page you were linking to was massive and full of information? You were just using one single quote, but you had to link to the page as a whole. You knew that would make it confusing for the reader. Well, Google's Chrome browser has taken that problem head on, utilizing a new extension that gives you the ability to pick out a fragment of text and create a unique link to that fragment. You can then hyperlink to the exact quote or text that you choose on the page, rather than just to the page as a whole.

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Google Begins Auto-Deleting Location Histories

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Do you ever feel like everything you do is being tracked and recorded without your knowledge? It's definitely a concern for some users, especially since most people have their phones on them at all times. Those phones can track location data and find out exactly where you've been, and when. Many Google users likely don't even realize that location data is being tracked. While some users do not care how much data is made known, others feel like it is an invasion of privacy to have that data stored. To address this, Google has started deleting some information automatically. Included in this move is the location data noted above.

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Google Meet Use Soars With Home-Based Work

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While many businesses have ground to a halt during the COVID-19 pandemic, others have attempted to shift and adapt. For many, this means working from home as much as possible. It will be interesting to see how many workers continue to do this after the disease has run its course, but, for now, it is clear that many of them are changing tactics. That means they need new methods of communication, and Google's entire suite of products has seen increased use. This is perhaps highlighted most by a soaring number of people using Google Meet.

In the same vein as Skype, Facetime, Zoom and other products, Meet is Google's video-calling platform.

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