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UK investigates Google's plan to revamp Chrome browser

Jan. 8, 2021 8:53 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain's competition watchdog said Friday it launched an investigation into Google's plan to overhaul its ad data system over worries it could leave even less room for rivals in the online ad industry. The Competition and Markets Authority said it opened a formal investigation into Google's...

FILE - This Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, file photo shows Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.  The U.S. government’s attempt to prove Google has been using its dominance of online search to stifle competition and innovation at the expense of consumers and advertisers won’t go to trial for nearly three years. U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, set a tentative trial date of Sept. 12, 2023.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Google's antitrust case won't go to trial until Sept. 2023

Dec. 18, 2020 1:55 PM EST

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. government's attempt to prove Google has been using its dominance of online search to stifle competition and innovation at the expense of consumers and advertisers won't go to trial for nearly three years. U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta on Friday set a tentative trial date...

FILE - This combination of file photos shows a Google sign and the Facebook app. As a wave of antitrust actions surges against Google and Facebook, states in two lawsuits are stretching beyond the cases made by federal competition enforcers to level bold new claims. (AP Photo/File)

States making bold new legal claims in 2 Google lawsuits

Dec. 18, 2020 3:13 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As a wave of antitrust actions surges against Google and Facebook, states in two lawsuits are stretching beyond the cases made by federal competition enforcers to level bold new claims. The states are taking new legal approaches as they join the widening siege against the two once...

CORRECTS TO A GROUP OF 35 STATES AS WELL AS THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND TERRITORIES OF GUAM AND PUERTO RICO FILED, INSTEAD OF 38 STATES FILE - This Oct. 20, 2015, file photo, shows signage outside Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. A group of 35 states as well as the District of Columbia and the territories of Guam and Puerto Rico filed an anti-trust lawsuit against Google on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, alleging that the search giant has an illegal monopoly over the online search market that hurts consumers and advertisers. The lawsuit, announced by Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser, was filed in federal court in Washington, D.C. by states represented by bipartisan attorneys general. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Dozens of states file anti-trust lawsuit against Google

Dec. 17, 2020 8:02 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Dozens of more states are joining an escalating effort to prove Google has been methodically abusing its power as the internet's main gateway in a way that hurts consumers habitually feeding personal information into its search engine and advertisers pouring billions of dollars into its vast...

FILE- In this Sept. 10, 2020, file photo, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks at the Austin Police Association in Austin, Texas. Paxton on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, announced a multi-state lawsuit against Google, accusing the search giant of “anti-competitive conduct

Ten states sue Google for 'anti-competitive' online ad sales

Dec. 16, 2020 11:05 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Ten states on Wednesday brought a lawsuit against Google, accusing the search giant of “anti-competitive conduct" in the online advertising industry, including a deal to manipulate sales with rival Facebook. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the suit, which was filed in a...

FILE - This Feb. 25, 2020, file photo shows the icon for TikTok in New York. The social media app shared its list of top 100 videos, creators and trends in America in 2020. In action announced Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, federal regulators are ordering Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, TikTok’s parent and five other social media companies to provide detailed information on how they collect and use consumers’ personal data and how their practices affect children and teens. (AP Photo/File)

Agency homing in on social media companies' data collection

Dec. 14, 2020 8:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are ordering Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, TikTok’s parent and five other social media companies to provide detailed information on how they collect and use consumers’ personal data and how their practices affect children and teens. The Federal Trade...

FILE - In this March 5, 2019, file photo, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra speaks during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. California is seeking to join the Justice Department in its antitrust lawsuit against Google parent Alphabet Inc., one of the state's largest businesses. State Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed the motion to join the case in federal court on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California to join federal antitrust case against Google

Dec. 11, 2020 5:49 PM EST

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California is seeking to join the Justice Department in its antitrust lawsuit against Google parent Alphabet Inc., one of the state's largest businesses. State Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed the motion to join the case in federal court on Friday. “Google’s...

FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020 file photo, the logo of Apple is illuminated at a store in the city center of Munich, Germany. Apple is stepping up privacy for app users, forcing developers to be more transparent about data collection and warning they could be removed if they don't comply with a new anti-tracking measure, a company executive and regulators said Tuesday Dec. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)

Apple to tighten app privacy, remove apps that don't comply

Dec. 8, 2020 2:05 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Apple is stepping up privacy for app users, forcing developers to be more transparent about data collection and warning they could be removed if they don't comply with a new anti-tracking measure, a company executive and regulators said Tuesday. The U.S. tech giant said it's set to roll out...

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2019, file photo people walk by a Google sign on the campus in Mountain View, Calif. USA., The  coalition of technology and publishing companies, Marketers for an Open Web said Monday Nov. 23, 2020, they have asked  U.K. competition watchdog  to investigate Google's plans to revamp its ad data system, saying the changes would cement the U.S. tech giant's online dominance. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

UK to launch new watchdog next year to police tech giants

Nov. 27, 2020 5:35 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain plans to create a new watchdog to police big tech companies including Google and Facebook to counter their market dominance and prevent them from exploiting consumers and small businesses. The U.K. government said Friday that it's setting up a “Digital Markets Unit" next year...

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2019, file photo people walk by a Google sign on the campus in Mountain View, Calif. USA., The  coalition of technology and publishing companies, Marketers for an Open Web said Monday Nov. 23, 2020, they have asked  U.K. competition watchdog  to investigate Google's plans to revamp its ad data system, saying the changes would cement the U.S. tech giant's online dominance. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Google faces UK scrutiny over new advertising data revamp

Nov. 23, 2020 12:11 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Google faces fresh regulatory scrutiny in Britain over plans to revamp its ad data system, after an industry lobbying group complained to the competition watchdog that the changes would cement the U.S. tech giant's online dominance. Marketers for an Open Web, a coalition of technology and...