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"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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In photos: D.C. and U.S. states on alert for pre-inauguration violence

National Guard troops stand behind security fencing with the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building behind them, on Jan. 16. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Security has been stepped up in Washington, D.C., and state capitols across the U.S. as authorities brace for potential violence this weekend.

Driving the news: Following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by some supporters of President Trump, the FBI has said there could be armed protests in D.C. and in all 50 state capitols in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

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Rep. Lou Correa tests positive for COVID-19

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Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after last week's deadly Capitol riot. Correa did not shelter in the designated safe zone with his congressional colleagues during the siege, per a spokesperson, instead staying outside to help Capitol Police.