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Google adds food ordering to search, and Uber's hungry for Nokia mapsThe search giant battles Yelp with food delivery shortcuts, Uber reportedly wants to buy Nokia's Here maps, and 2.1 million people are stuck in the world of AOL dial-up.
Google search can help feed your curiosity and your stomach. I'm Bridget Carey, this is your c/net Update. The next time you search for a restaurant on Google, you'll also be able to order food right from the search results. Google searches made on mobile phones include a link to order for nearby restaurants. And that takes you to a delivery service, like Seamless, Grub Hub or Eat 24. So, why is Google doing this? Because it sees Yelp as competition, it doesn't want you going to Yelp to search for a place to eat. Instead of Google, along with search, Google's also a leader in maps and many tech companies rely on Google's maps, including the ride service Uber. But it seems Uber is trying to steer away from it's dependence on Google and wants to buy Nokia's here maps. The New York Times has sources saying, Uber put down a $3 billion dollar bid to buy Nokia's here maps. But automakers like BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz may also be in a bidding war over Nokia's maps. As more services tie into location tech companies see mapping becoming increasingly important. And, as you may know Uber wants to create a fleet of driverless cars. That future world would require a good mapping system. We may know who wins the bidding war by the end of the month. Meanwhile, Uber's main car service competition, Lyft, is trying to gain more passengers with a new Verizon partnership. The Lyft app will come preloaded on all Verizon Android phones. Another area changing Quickly is online video. It appears that Spotify, a music streaming company, wants to add web video to its business. The Wall Street Journal reports Spotify is talking to companies that specialize in distributing video for YouTube. We may learn more about that at an event Spotify is holding for media in New York on May 20th. So, yes, Spotify is going after a piece of YouTube, and so is reddit. The site announced it's making original video, to become a larger force in media. For starters, you'll see videos for Ask Me Anything Q&A. With all this news of streaming, let's take a moment to remember the 2.1 million people in the US who cannot enjoy any of this because They're still using AOL dial-up to get online through a phone line. Yes, that means this sound is still part of life for more than two million people, and many of those people are paying $20 a month for it. AOL shares the numbers in its quarterly earnings report. In most cases, people are sticking with dial-up because either they don't want to change, or it's hard or expensive to get broadband where they live. And what makes it so sad is that websites are gunked up with junk like tracking ads and auto playing videos. So dial up customers probably can't load most website pages before it times out. Today, most broadband speeds are about 200 times faster than dialup. That's your tech news update, you can head over to cnet.com for more. From our studio in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. Good bye.