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Google: 77 percent of its online traffic is encrypted
Google: 77 percent of its online traffic is encrypted

Google: 77 percent of its online traffic is encrypted

Google is disclosing how much of the traffic to its search engine and other services is being protected from hackers as part of its push to encrypt all online activity.

Encryption shields 77 percent of the requests sent from around the world to Google’s data centers, up from 52 percent at the end of 2013, according to company statistics released Tuesday.

The numbers cover all Google services expect its YouTube video site, which has more than 1 billion users. Google plans to add YouTube to its encryption breakdown by the end of this year.

Lyft and GM start rental program

General Motors Co. and ride-hailing service Lyft are launching a short-term car rental program that is expected to eventually evolve into an autonomous vehicle network.

The companies said Tuesday that the Express Drive program, aimed at prospective Lyft drivers who don’t have qualifying cars, will start in Chicago this month.

Under the program, car renters will be charged based on how much they drive. The starting fee is $99 per week, which includes insurance and maintenance.

Uber launches new food delivery app

The food delivery market just got more crowded with the launch Tuesday morning of a new on-demand meal app by Uber.

UberEats, now available in San Francisco and four other cities, lets users order meals from local restaurants and have them delivered to their door. It’s the first time Uber has launched a new app that operates separately from its well-known car-hailing service, and the shift in business strategy highlights Uber’s commitment to the growing delivery industry. It also means increased competition for the multitudes of other food delivery apps that have becomes popular, such as GrubHub and DoorDash.

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