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Facebook rolls out tool to block off-Facebook data gathering

Aug. 20, 2019 10:13 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Soon, you could get fewer familiar ads following you around the internet — or at least on Facebook. Facebook is launching a long-promised tool that lets you limit what the social network can gather about you on outside websites and apps. The company said Tuesday that it is...

Vaping company accused in WVa suit of targeting teens

Aug. 14, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman has sued the nation's largest e-cigarette maker, claiming the company uses a deceptive marketing campaign to intentionally target teenagers. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in federal court in Charleston. It names San Francisco-based Juul Labs along with Altria...

Lake County sues vaping company for targeting teens

Aug. 13, 2019 7:12 PM EDT

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois prosecutor has sued the nation's largest e-cigarette producer, contending the company intentionally targeted teenagers with a deceptive marketing campaign. The lawsuit filed by Lake County Circuit Court by State's Attorney Mike Nerheim seeks unspecified...

Uber's Deng talks post-airport food delivery, stress relief

Aug. 11, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Uber began as a ride-hailing company, but its ambition to become the "Amazon of transportation" has pushed its leaders to experiment with bus fleets, transit and its growing food delivery business. Peter Deng, who spent nearly a decade at Facebook before joining Uber Technologies Inc.,...

Mass shootings give rise to bullet-resistant backpacks

Aug. 9, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Companies like Guard Dog Security, TuffyPacks and Bullet Blocker are peddling bullet-resistant backpacks for children in time for the back-to-school shopping season. But critics argue they are using tragedy as a marketing opportunity and exploiting parents' worst fears. Safety is high on...

Connecticut launches investigation into vaping health claims

Jul. 31, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut launched an investigation Wednesday into the marketing practices of Juul Labs, becoming the latest state to probe the vaping product manufacturer's health claims and appeal to young people. State Attorney General William Tong said his probe is part of a national effort to...

Juul exec: Never intended electronic cigarette for teens

Jul. 26, 2019 5:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top executive for Juul Labs said that his company never intended its electronic cigarettes to be adopted by underage teenagers, as House lawmakers on Thursday accused the company of fueling the vaping craze among high schoolers. Co-founder James Monsees testified that Juul developed its...

Record Facebook fine won't end scrutiny of the company

Jul. 24, 2019 8:41 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook survived its latest brush with U.S. privacy regulators, at the cost of a record $5 billion fine and other restrictions imposed by the Federal Trade Commission. But it's far from home free. While the company looks set to prosper in the wake of the FTC case, it faces a series of...

Flavored tobacco targeted in bid to stem youth vaping

Jul. 20, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — One year after concluding a successful campaign to raise the minimum age for buying tobacco from 18 to 21 across Massachusetts, anti-smoking advocates are now zeroing in on flavored tobacco products like those popular with electronic cigarette users. Invoking comparisons to the "Joe Camel"...

On edge: 2020 Dems face prospect of being cut from debates

Jul. 1, 2019 5:55 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The largest presidential field in modern Democratic politics could quickly shrink as more than half of the contenders are in real danger of failing to meet tougher requirements to participate in the fall round of debates. Short on support and money and bound by tough party rules, once soaring...