The Digest: Amazon gets into takeaway… and 4 other things people are talking about today

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Amazon launches a restaurant takeout and delivery service | Engadget

“As part of its latest Amazon Local expansion, the internet retailer has launched a new Takeout & Delivery service, allowing customers to browse available local restaurants and order a freshly-cooked meal for pickup or have it delivered to their door.”

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Google admits that advertisers wasted their money on more than half of internet ads | Quartz.com

“Online advertising is a fickle thing. It accounts for 20% of the ad industry’s total spending, and over 90% of revenue for the internet giants Google and Facebook. That said, no one seems to have any idea whether it actually works. That uncertainty reached a new high this week, as Google announced that 56.1% of ads served on the internet are never even ‘in view’ — defined as being on screen for one second or more. That’s a huge number of “impressions” that cost money for advertisers, but are as pointless as a television playing to an empty room.”

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Sony’s PlayStation hit by hack attack | BBC News

“A hacker group has claimed responsibility for attacking Sony’s online PlayStation store, which is down on Monday. Visitors to the site are greeted with a message that says ‘Page Not Found! It’s not you. It’s the internet’s fault.’ A group called “Lizard Squad” has taken credit for the outage, posting “PSN Login #offline #LizardSquad” as its Twitter status.”

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Google removes Pirate Bay apps from Play Store | TorrentFreak

“A few weeks ago the company implemented a major change to its search algorithm, aimed at downranking sites that often link to copyright infringing material. Another drastic move came today when Google began removing many Pirate Bay related apps from its Play store. The apps in question include The Pirate Bay Proxy, The Pirate Bay Premium, The Pirate Bay Mirror and PirateApp.”

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We can’t trust Uber | The New York Times

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“Buzzfeed reported that one of Uber’s executives had already looked up without permission rides taken by one of its own journalists. And according to The Washington Post, the company was so lax about such sensitive data that it even allowed a job applicant to view people’s rides, including those of a family member of a prominent politician. (The app is popular with members of Congress, among others.)”

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Stuart O’Connor