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AP

"That fresh haircut or palm tree-green mani is only a couple taps away," Google Maps product manager Alex Russell writes in a statement announcing "Reserve with Google."

The feature lets users book health and wellness appointments (workout classes, mediation, spa, salon etc.) directly from its Search or Maps apps via a "book" button that will link to an appointment page. Google has partnered with an array of scheduling features, many already available to the public, like Genbook and SalonRunner, to book the appointments.

Why it matters: This is another feature the tech titan has added to keep users from having to leave any of its apps. It also will help Google further collect data about user behaviors and interests — data that they can use to make business decisions or target ads against.

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

There is now legislative language behind the push to tax American billionaires on unrealized capital gains, as Sen. Ron Wyden last night released his 107-page plan.

Why it matters: This would be a sea change in U.S. tax policy, which has only applied to realized gains (otherwise known as income).

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Scoop: Blinken protests Israel settlements approval in "tense" phone call

Benny Gantz (L) and Tony Blinken. Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/Pool/AFP via Getty

Secretary of State Tony Blinken protested the decision to approve 3,000 new housing units in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank during a tense phone call on Tuesday with Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz, three Israeli officials tell me.

Why it matters: This is the first time new construction in the settlements has been approved since President Biden assumed office, and the Biden administration had been privately pressing the Israeli government not to proceed.

The startup that wants to disrupt big internet providers

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

A new startup backed by funding from AOL founder Steve Case and Laurene Powell Jobs wants to break up broadband monopolies across the country.

Why it matters: Internet access has been crucial during the pandemic, but it's not ubiquitous, and it can be both slow and unaffordable in swaths of the country.