• Facebook Manage Activity Launches
    Facebook launched a feature called Manage Activity that lets users move posts no longer wanted to the trash. Posts sent to the trash will stay there for 30 days before being deleted unless the person chooses to manually delete or restore them before then. Marketers or users can archive a post made six months prior, for example. The feature launched first on Facebook Lite, followed by mobile and desktop.     
  • Bing Webmaster Tools Makes Competitive Link Data Available
    Bing announced a new feature that gives competitive link data in Bing Webmaster Tools. The new feature, similar sites, lets marketers compare one site’s backlinks to another. Reviews began coming in on Twitter. Ratick Nakrani, an SEO analyst tweeted “You will give tough competition to @googlewmc.” AndreF tweeted “Nice feature! I like the new BWT Design. It would be also nice if you could share details of ranking penalties like Google does.”
  • France Rejects Apple-Google COVID-19 Tracing App, Builds Its Own
    France is rolling out a COVID-19 contact-tracing app, becoming the first major European country to deploy the smartphone technology amid privacy fears. StopCovid will run on Google Android and Apple iPhone devices starting today, but it's not built on the technology developed by these two tech giants. Other countries such as the U.K., Germany, Italy, and Switzerland are developing their own apps, although they are using different technical protocols, raising questions about compatibility across Europe’s borders.
  • Google Stands For Racial Equality
    Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai wrote about grief and optimism over the protests across the United States in an email to employees. In that email he wrote “in times such as these, we may feel like we're moving backwards," reports Business Insider. And while Pichai did not commit to supporting any specific government policy changes in response to the protests, the company on Monday did make it clear it stands for racial equality.
  • Google's Experimental Sodar VR Tech Identifies Distance
    An experimental technology from Google lets people know if they are standing too close to another individual. It’s called Sodar and uses augmented reality to overlay a digital guide that measures and show the space between another person. Sodar works through Google-made Chrome browsers on Android devices supporting augmented reality. It became available this week. Google says it creates an “augmented reality” two-meter radius ring around the person carrying the phone and lets the person know if another person accompanies that space. The company made it available to license for free.
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