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Imagery of the Hindu deity Ram and 3-D portraits of the proposed Hindu temple are displayed on a digital billboard in Times Square, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony of a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Ram by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ayodhya, in New Delhi, India. Hindus rejoiced as Modi broke ground on a long-awaited temple of their most revered god, Ram, at the site of a demolished 16th century mosque. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)

Hindu temple ad runs in Times Square despite opposition

Aug. 5, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A large digital billboard in Times Square is displaying images of a Hindu deity and a temple being built on disputed ground in India, despite calls from a coalition of advocacy organizations — including Muslim, human rights, anti-fascist and secular groups — asking advertisers...

FILE - In this file photo dated  Sunday, March 22, 2020, people run to keep fit along the south bank of the River Thames in London.  European Union regulators have said Tuesday Aug, 4, 2020, they're opening an in-depth investigation into U.S. tech giant Google's plan to buy fitness tracking device maker Fitbit. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, FILE)

EU regulators investigating Google's plan to buy Fitbit

Aug. 4, 2020 12:12 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — European Union regulators opened an in-depth investigation Tuesday into Google's plan to buy fitness tracking device maker Fitbit. The EU's executive commission said it was concerned the deal would entrench the U.S. tech giant's position in the online ad market by “increasing the...

FILE - This Feb. 25, 2020, file photo, shows the icon for TikTok in New York.   President Donald Trump will order China’s ByteDance to sell its hit video app TikTok because of national-security concerns, according to reports published Friday, July 31, 2020. “We are looking at TikTok,

Microsoft in advanced talks to buy TikTok's US business

Aug. 1, 2020 2:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft is in advanced talks to buy the U.S. operations of TikTok, the popular Chinese-owned video app that has been a source of national security and censorship concerns, according to a person familiar with the discussions who spoke only on condition of anonymity because of the...

FILE - This March 19, 2018 photo shows the Google app on an iPad in Baltimore.  Big Tech companies reported mixed quarterly earnings on Thursday, July 30, 2020, a day after their top executives faced a tough congressional grilling over their market power and alleged monopolistic practices.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Amid the pandemic, Big Tech reports mixed earnings

Jul. 30, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

Big Tech companies reported mixed quarterly earnings on Thursday, a day after their top executives faced a tough congressional grilling over their market power and alleged monopolistic practices. All four were affected by the pandemic, although in strikingly different ways. Google and Facebook reported slowing...

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks via video conference during a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on antitrust on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Washington. (Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP)

Lawmakers batter Big Tech CEOs, but don't land many blows

Jul. 29, 2020 11:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional lawmakers finally got a chance Wednesday to grill the CEOs of Big Tech over their dominance and allegations of monopolistic practices that stifle competition. But it's not clear how much they advanced their goal of bringing some of the world's largest companies to heel....

This combination of 2019-2020 photos shows Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. On Wednesday, July 29, 2020, the four Big Tech leaders will answer for their companies’ practices before Congress at a hearing by the House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Evan Vucci, Jeff Chiu, Jens Meyer)

Spotlight on 4 Big Tech CEOs testifying in competition probe

Jul. 28, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — They command corporations with gold-plated brands, millions or even billions of customers, and a combined value greater than the entire German economy. One of them is the world’s richest individual; another is the fourth-ranked billionaire. Their industry has transformed society,...

FILE - In this Thursday, March 28, 2019, file photo, Brad Parscale, manager of President Donald Trump's reelection campaign, throws

Trump replaces campaign manager amid sinking poll numbers

Jul. 15, 2020 10:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump shook up his campaign staff Wednesday amid sinking poll numbers less than four months before the election, replacing campaign manager Brad Parscale with veteran GOP operative Bill Stepien. “I am pleased to announce that Bill Stepien has been promoted to the...

Lawsuit accuses property managers of ageist Facebook ads

Jul. 1, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Some of the nation’s leading property management companies deliberately excluded older people from seeing Facebook advertisements for dozens of apartment complexes in the Washington, D.C., area, a housing watchdog alleged in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The Housing Rights...

FILE - In this March 25, 2015 file photo CEO Mark Zuckerberg gives the keynote address during the Facebook F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco.  Britain's competition watchdog The Competition and Markets Authority took aim at the U.S. tech giants in a report Wednesday July 1, 2020, wanting new rules to foster competition in digital advertising markets and rein in the industry's dominant players, Google and Facebook. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, FILE)

UK regulator urges reforms to curb Google, Facebook ad power

Jul. 1, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British regulators want new rules to foster competition in digital advertising markets and rein in the industry's dominant players, Google and Facebook. The Competition and Markets Authority took aim at the U.S. tech giants in a report Wednesday that recommends the British government adopt...

FILE - This combination of photos shows logos for social media platforms, from left, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  The company behind Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Dove soap and a host of other consumer products says it will stop advertising on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in the U.S. through at least the end of 2020 because of the amount of hate speech online.   (AP Photo)

Facebook to label all rule-breaking posts - even Trump's

Jun. 26, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Facebook said Friday that it will flag all "newsworthy" posts from politicians that break its rules, including those from President Donald Trump. Separately, Facebook's stock dropped more than 8%, erasing roughly $50 billion from its market valuation, after the European company...