• From TechCrunch:
"Uber is partnering with Grocery Outlet to pilot on-demand and scheduled grocery delivery, the company announced on Thursday. Starting today, users can shop at 72 Grocery Outlet stores in California, Oregon and Washington state via the Uber or Uber Eats app. The new partnership signifies Uber’s push into on-demand and scheduled grocery delivery.
"Oskar Hjertonsson, the head of grocery at Uber, said in a statement that the goal of the new partnership is to 'provide a reliable and affordable grocery delivery option that works for everyone, no matter your budget. We see our partnership with Grocery Outlet as an opportunity to do just that by delivering customers the brands they like at the Grocery Outlet prices they love, on-demand, right to their door.'
"To mark the new partnership, the company is offering pilot customers free delivery on their first order of $30 or more through June 19. Uber One members can get free delivery on all Grocery Outlet orders with a $15 minimum purchase."
• From The Information:
"Google, Facebook, Amazon and other digital advertising companies are the targets of new bills introduced Thursday by a bipartisan group of lawmakers led by Republican Senator Mike Lee from Utah and Republican Representative Ken Buck from Colorado.
"Under the bills the digital ad industry would be regulated much like securities markets. If passed they would block companies with more than $20 billion in digital advertising revenue from operating in more than one part of the online advertising, forcing Google and others to sell off large parts of their ad operations.
"The Senate’s Competition and Transparency in Digital Advertising Act … would also place a host of fiduciary responsibilities on companies with more than $5 billion in digital ad revenue. Those would mandate companies act in the best interests of the advertiser or publisher clients, and allow clients access to detailed data to audit compliance.
"Along with Lee, Texas Republican Ted Cruz, Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar, and Connecticut Democrat Richard Blumenthal are also sponsoring the bill. A companion bill in the House also includes as backers Republicans Burgess Owens and Matt Gaetz from Utah and Florida, and Democrats Pramila Jayapal and David Cicilline from Washington state and Rhode Island."
The Information points out that "with a gridlocked Congress approaching a contentious midterm election, the bill is unlikely to become law this year."