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DC, 3 states sue Google saying it invades users' privacy

Jan. 24, 2022 15:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The District of Columbia and three states are suing Google for allegedly deceiving consumers and invading their privacy by making it nearly impossible for them to stop their location from being tracked. In the lawsuit filed Monday in a District of Columbia court,...

New step to curb tech giants' power advanced by Senate panel

Jan. 21, 2022 12:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has taken a new step toward reining in the market dominance of Big Tech. Bipartisan legislation advanced by a Senate panel would bar the dominant online platforms from favoring their own goods and services over those of rivals. It could, for example,...

Texas sues Google over local radio ads for its smartphones

Jan. 19, 2022 19:19 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' attorney general on Wednesday sued Google, alleging the company asked local radio DJs to record personal endorsements for smartphones that they hadn't used or been provided. In the lawsuit filed in Montgomery County, Republican Attorney General Ken...

US regulators aiming at illegal and anticompetitive mergers

Jan. 18, 2022 15:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. competition regulators have mounted an effort to tighten enforcement against illegal mergers, in line with President Joe Biden’s mandate for greater scrutiny to big business combinations. The Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission announced...

Lawsuit: Google, Facebook CEOs colluded in online ad sales

Jan. 14, 2022 16:41 PM EST

Newly unredacted documents from a state-led antitrust lawsuit against Google accuse the search giant of colluding with rival Facebook to manipulate online advertising sales. The CEOs of both companies were aware of the deal and signed off on it, the lawsuit alleges. The original,...

Tech companies spend millions on California political gifts

Jan. 13, 2022 14:17 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom solicited donations totaling nearly $227 million from Facebook, Google, Blue Shield and other private California companies and organizations to combat the coronavirus pandemic and help run parts of his administration, according to a report Thursday by...

BC-US-Apple-Apps-Top-10

Jan. 11, 2022 12:11 PM EST

App Store Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Minecraft, Mojang 2. Five Nights at Freddy’s, Clickteam, LLC 3. Five Nights at Freddy’s 2, Clickteam, LLC 4. Ultimate Custom Night, Clickteam, LLC 5. Five Nights at...

German watchdog puts Google under closer antitrust scrutiny

Jan. 05, 2022 08:23 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Germany's antitrust watchdog paved the way Wednesday for extra scrutiny of Google by designating it a company of “paramount significance," the first to get that label since regulators got more power to curb abusive practices by big digital companies. The...

Vista Outdoor, PulteGroup rise; Kiniksa, Pfizer fall

Dec. 28, 2021 17:01 PM EST

Stocks that traded heavily or had substantial price changes Tuesday: Vista Outdoor Inc., up $1.64 to $43.07 The maker of outdoor sports gear said it would buy Stone Glacier, a hunting gear maker, for an undisclosed amount. Kiniksa Pharmaceuticals Ltd.,...

In Africa, rescuing the languages that Western tech ignores

Dec. 23, 2021 08:25 AM EST

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Computers have become amazingly precise at translating spoken words to text messages and scouring huge troves of information for answers to complex questions. At least, that is, so long as you speak English or another of the world’s dominant languages. But...