• Yahoo Finance reports that "Grubhub is teaming up with 7-Eleven to offer "on-demand convenience delivery" from the Grubhub app. Following a successful pilot in Manhattan, the service — called Grubhub Goods — launches nationwide on Feb. 15 and offers delivery from more than 3,000 locations in the U.S.
"Delivery items include some of 7-Eleven's most popular items, including energy drinks, ice cream, and personal care products, among others."
• In California, Save Mart Companies announced the exclusive launch of "an on-demand grocery delivery service at its Lucky California flagship store and 'innovation lab' in Pleasanton in partnership with the world’s leading provider of autonomous delivery services, Starship Technologies."
According to the announcement, "Lucky California is the first grocery store in the San Francisco Bay Area to partner with Starship Technologies. The new service follows the May 2021 reopening of the Pleasanton Lucky California location that had been remodeled and re-invented to meet the evolving shopping needs of the community, offering the best value on local and fresh products and reflecting the familiar array of multicultural flavors enjoyed by Bay Area residents.
"In September 2020, the Save Mart flagship in Modesto was the first grocery store in the U.S. to offer Starship Technologies robot delivery service. Since its launch, the store has expanded its delivery area to serve over 55,000 households. As of today in Pleasanton, more than 1,500 households can experience a robot delivery for the first time, and this delivery area is expected to grow rapidly in the coming months, similar to Modesto."
• The Wall Street Journal reports that "Google plans to adopt new privacy restrictions to curtail tracking across apps on Android smartphones, following Apple Inc. in putting restraints on an advertising industry that has covertly collected data across billions of mobile devices.
"Google’s plans for Android could hasten an end to more than a decade of advertising practices across smartphones in which companies including Meta Platforms Inc.’s Facebook layered their code into hundreds of thousands of apps to track consumer behavior.
"Apple’s changes, which went into effect last year, have already upended the digital-ad industry and contributed to a wipeout of more than $300 billion from Meta’s market value.
"Google said Wednesday that it plans to develop more privacy-focused replacements for the alphanumeric identifiers associated with individual smartphones that some apps use to gather and share information about users."