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The logo of the World Economy Forum is displayed on a door at the Congress Centre in Davos, Switzerland, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. The 50th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum will take place in Davos from Jan. 20 until Jan. 24, 2020. (Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Rising inequality eroding trust in capitalism - survey

Jan. 20, 2020 7:55 AM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Rising income inequality is undermining confidence in capitalism around the world, according to a survey conducted by public relations firm Edelman ahead of the gathering of the elites in the Swiss ski resort of Davos. Among those surveyed in the report published Monday, 56%...

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 29, 2019 file photo, a woman checks the Grindr app on her mobile phone in Beirut, Lebanon. Dating apps including Grindr, OkCupid and Tinder leak personal information to advertising tech companies in possible violation of European data privacy laws, a Norwegian consumer group said in a report Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. The Norwegian Consumer Council said it found “serious privacy infringements” in its analysis of how shadowy online ad companies track and profile smartphone users. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, file)

Dating apps leak personal data, Norwegian group says

Jan. 14, 2020 4:25 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Dating apps including Grindr, OkCupid and Tinder leak personal information to advertising tech companies in possible violation of European data privacy laws, a Norwegian consumer group said in a report Tuesday. The Norwegian Consumer Council said it found “serious privacy...

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2009 file photo, David Drummond, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal officer of Google, addresses the 62nd World Newspaper Congress in Hyderabad, India. Drummond, the legal chief of Google parent company Alphabet, is leaving at the end of the month, following accusations of inappropriate relationships with employees. Alphabet did not give a reason for Drummond's departure in a short regulatory filing Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A., File)

Google legal chief leaving amid sexual misconduct troubles

Jan. 10, 2020 2:51 PM EST

David Drummond, the legal chief of Google parent company Alphabet, is leaving at the end of the month, following accusations of inappropriate relationships with employees. Alphabet did not give a reason for Drummond's departure in a short regulatory filing Friday. The company said in November that its board was...

FILE - This Jan. 17, 2017, file photo shows a Facebook logo at Station F in Paris. Facebook has decided not to limit how political ads can be targeted to specific groups of people, as its main digital-ad rival Google did in November 2019 to fight misinformation. Neither will it ban political ads outright, as Twitter has done. And it still won't fact check them, as it's faced pressure to do. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

Facebook again refuses to ban political ads, even false ones

Jan. 9, 2020 2:07 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Despite escalating pressure ahead of the 2020 presidential election, Facebook reaffirmed its freewheeling policy on political ads Thursday, saying it won’t ban them, won’t fact-check them and won’t limit how they can be targeted to specific groups of people....

People take pictures of a display of LG Signature OLED R TVs at the LG booth during the CES tech show, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Hollywood-backed Quibi thinks you'll pay for its video bites

Jan. 8, 2020 5:17 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A startup heavily backed by Hollywood is wagering that you're ready to set aside YouTube and TikTok to watch star-studded short videos on your phone — for a price. The company behind this billion-dollar bet is Quibi (KWIH-bee), which is preparing to offer movies, shows and other...

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 18, 2019 file photo, the logo of Google is displayed on a carpet at the entrance hall of Google France in Paris. France's competition authority has fined Google 150 million euros ($166 million) for

France fines Google $166 million for abusing ad dominance

Dec. 20, 2019 8:37 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — France’s competition authority fined Google 150 million euros ($166 million) on Friday for “abusing its dominant position” in the online ad market. The agency said the U.S. tech company mistreated buyers of ads based on keywords. Methods used by its Google Ads platform are...

File-This Oct. 23, 2019, file photo shows Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifying  before a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Facebook's stock dropped almost 3% in regular trading after news reports Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, suggested that the FTC may take antitrust action to prevent Facebook from integrating its disparate messaging apps. The reports said the Federal Trade Commission may seek a court injunction that would block Facebook's “interoperability” plans for Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram, which involves revising them to use the same underlying software. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

UK watchdog set to challenge Google, Facebook ad dominance

Dec. 18, 2019 11:30 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain's competition watchdog on Wednesday signaled its willingness to push for stricter rules to counter Google and Facebook 's dominance of online advertising. The Competition and Markets Authority said in an interim report it's concerned that the U.S. tech giants have become...

President Donald Trump waves as he departs after pardoning Butter, the national Thanksgiving turkey, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy

Nov. 26, 2019 6:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign and other Republican election groups criticized tech giant Google on Tuesday for making it harder for political advertisers to target specific types of people. The GOP groups said the changes will lead directly to suppressing voter...

This photo Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, shows the sponsored logo in Amazon product offerings on a computer in New York. Amazon has turned its online store into an advertising powerhouse in just a few years. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Ad business a boon for Amazon but a turn-off for shoppers

Nov. 26, 2019 10:44 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Maddaloni went to Amazon.com knowing exactly what he wanted to buy. But instead of showing him the Synology router he was searching for at the top of his results, Amazon bombarded him with ads for hard drives and routers that he didn’t want. Maddaloni, a web strategist in...