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Illinois lawsuit filed against top e-cigarette maker

Sep. 13, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois teenager who fell ill with a lung disease after vaping for over a year sued a leading e-cigarette maker on Friday, accusing it of deliberately marketing to young people and sending the message that vaping is cool. Attorneys filed a lawsuit in Lake County Circuit Court on behalf...

Lawmakers ask 4 big tech companies for documents in probe

Sep. 13, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers investigating the market dominance of Big Tech on Friday asked Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple for a broad range of documents, marking a step forward in Congress' bipartisan probe of the companies. Letters went out to the four companies from the leaders of the House Judiciary...

Google advertising practices targeted in antitrust probe

Sep. 11, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — State attorneys general investigating whether Google is engaged in monopolistic behavior are planning to take a deep look into the tech giant's advertising business. The office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sent a letter to Google on Monday seeking internal documents about how...

As feds loom, states hit Facebook, Google with new probes

Sep. 6, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two groups of states are targeting Facebook and Google in separate antitrust probes, widening the scrutiny of Big Tech beyond sweeping federal and congressional investigations into their market dominance. Facebook and Google are two of the world's largest and most ubiquitous tech...

Michigan to become 1st state to ban flavored e-cigarettes

Sep. 4, 2019 9:45 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer moved Wednesday to make her state the first to ban flavored electronic cigarettes, accusing companies of using candy flavors and deceptive advertising to "hook children on nicotine." The Democrat ordered the state health department to issue emergency...

YouTube to pay $170M fine after violating kids' privacy law

Sep. 4, 2019 8:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Google will pay $170 million to settle allegations its YouTube video service collected personal data on children without their parents' consent. The company agreed to work with video creators to label material aimed at kids and said it will limit data collection when users view such...

AP Explains: How YouTube is changing what it shows kids

Sep. 4, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

YouTube is changing what it shows kids. The new business practices, along with $170 million in fines , settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission and New York state that YouTube owner Google violated children's online privacy by collecting personal data without parents' permission. Some of the new...

The Latest: FTC official disputes criticism of Google fine

Sep. 4, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. fine against YouTube (all times local): 3 p.m. A Federal Trade Commission official is disputing criticism that the FTC's $170 million fine of Google is too small. FTC consumer protection director Andrew Smith says the penalty is historic, although critics are...

Judge orders Anheuser-Busch to halt 'corn syrup' labels

Sep. 4, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

Big beer is still duking it out over corn syrup. A federal judge on Wednesday ordered Anheuser-Busch to stop using Bud Light packaging that implies rival brews made by MillerCoors contain corn syrup. The order extends an injunction issued in May that barred Anheuser-Busch from making those claims in television,...

Dior stokes outrage with new ad for its Sauvage fragrance

Aug. 30, 2019 8:51 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Dior has produced a fragrance called Sauvage since the mid-1960s and used Johnny Depp in recent years to promote it. But a new advertising campaign that paired them with Native American imagery deepened wounds among a population whose ancestors were called savages and systematically...