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Huawei asks court to throw out US telecom funds ban

Dec. 5, 2019 12:04 AM EST

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Chinese tech giant Huawei is asking a U.S. federal court to throw out a rule that bars rural phone carriers from using government money to purchase its equipment on security grounds. The lawsuit announced Thursday is Huawei Technologies Ltd.’s second legal challenge this year...

Google co-founders step aside as antitrust scrutiny heats up

Dec. 4, 2019 3:44 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google’s co-founders are relinquishing their executive positions just as state and federal regulators, not to mention the Department of Justice and Congress, are taking a keen interest in the possible abuse of its privacy practices and market power. But their long foreshadowed...

Google co-founders step down as execs of parent Alphabet

Dec. 3, 2019 7:06 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The co-founders of Google are stepping down as executives of its parent company, Alphabet, ending a remarkable two decades during which Larry Page and Sergey Brin shaped a startup born in a Silicon Valley garage into one of the largest, most powerful — and, increasingly, most...

A biographical snapshot of Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai

Dec. 3, 2019 6:19 PM EST

NAME: Sundar Pichai AGE: 47 PERSONAL: Born in India, married to Anjali Pichai. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Pichai has been at Google for 15 years, serving as a leader in projects to build the company's Chrome browser and overseeing its Android operating system. Pichai, who has an engineering background, took over as...

A biographical snapshot of Google co-founder Larry Page

Dec. 3, 2019 5:52 PM EST

NAME: Larry Page AGE: 46 EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, master's degree from Stanford University, on leave from Ph.D. program at Stanford. PERSONAL: Married to Lucy Southworth. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Took over as Google Inc.'s CEO in April 2011, having left the post in 2001 to...

Huawei moving US research center to Canada

Dec. 3, 2019 7:57 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The founder of Huawei says the Chinese tech giant is moving its U.S. research center to Canada due to American sanctions on the company. In an interview with Toronto’s Global and Mail newspaper, Ren Zhengfei said the move was necessary because Huawei would be blocked from interacting...

Ad business a boon for Amazon but a turn-off for shoppers

Nov. 26, 2019 10:44 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Maddaloni went to Amazon.com knowing exactly what he wanted to buy. But instead of showing him the Synology router he was searching for at the top of his results, Amazon bombarded him with ads for hard drives and routers that he didn’t want. Maddaloni, a web strategist in...

Google reins in political advertising

Nov. 20, 2019 7:46 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is making it harder for political advertisers to target specific types of people. The company said that as of January, advertisers will only be able to target U.S. political ads based on broad categories such as gender, age and postal code. Currently, ads can be tailored for...

Muted launch for Google's game-streaming service Stadia

Nov. 20, 2019 5:54 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Google’s new game-streaming service Stadia demonstrates the possibilities of gaming from the cloud, but experts say it’s hindered by a lack of compelling video games and a convoluted pricing scheme. Piers Harding-Rolls, head of games research at IHS Markit, called...

GateHouse, Gannett join, become largest US newspaper chain

Nov. 19, 2019 5:25 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — GateHouse closed its $1.1 billion takeover of USA Today publisher Gannett, becoming the country’s largest newspaper company by far and pledging significant cost cuts at a time when print publications are in precipitous decline. The merger brings together about 260 daily papers,...