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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,...

Supreme Court steps into Google-Oracle copyright fight

Nov. 15, 2019 3:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Friday it will referee a high-profile copyright dispute between technology giants Oracle and Google. Oracle says it wants nearly $9 billion from Google. The case stems from Google’s development of its hugely popular Android operating system by using...

Huawei sells folding smartphone with no Google after US ban

Nov. 15, 2019 4:00 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese tech giant Huawei is selling its first folding smartphone without Google apps or U.S.-made processor chips following sanctions imposed by Washington. The Mate X, which unfolds to 14.6 centimeters (5.8 inches) wide, went on sale Friday on Huawei’s online store in China priced...

Pope demands tech companies prevent kids from viewing porn

Nov. 14, 2019 9:28 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis called Thursday for Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google and other tech companies to urgently take measures to remove child porn from the web and prevent children from accessing pornography online. Francis told a Vatican conference of religious leaders and high-tech...

Google plans to offer checking accounts

Nov. 13, 2019 2:06 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Google plans to add checking accounts from Citigroup and a credit union to its Google Pay digital wallet in 2020, the tech company said Wednesday. Google confirmed an earlier report by The Wall Street Journal. Big tech companies have been pushing into other arenas such as finance and health...

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

Nov. 12, 2019 12:34 PM EST

App Store Official Charts for the week ending November 10, 2019: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Minecraft, Mojang 2. Heads Up!, Warner Bros. 3. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations 4. iSchedule, HotSchedules 5. Bloons TD 6, Ninja Kiwi 6. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB 7. Procreate Pocket, Savage Interactive Pty Ltd 8....

Tech companies rush to fight misinformation ahead of UK vote

Nov. 10, 2019 10:05 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Facebook is opening up a war room to quickly respond to election hoaxes. Twitter is banning political ads. Google plans to crack down on bogus videos on YouTube. Social media platforms say they are mounting a vigorous campaign against misinformation in the lead up to next month's general...

AP Interview: Huawei founder says US woes not hardest crisis

Nov. 9, 2019 9:09 PM EST

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — For decades, Huawei's founder stayed out of sight as it grew to become the biggest maker of network gear for phone carriers and passed Apple as the No. 2 smartphone brand. Now, Ren Zhengfei is shedding that anonymity as China's first global tech brand mobilizes to fight back against...