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Top antitrust enforcer warns Big Tech over data collection

Nov. 8, 2019 8:01 PM EST

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (AP) — The Justice Department's top antitrust official warned Big Tech companies Friday that the government could pursue them for anticompetitive behavior related to their troves of user data, including for cutting off data access to competitors. "Antitrust enforcers cannot turn a...

California discloses Facebook probe, sues for documents

Nov. 6, 2019 5:58 PM EST

California's attorney general disclosed an ongoing probe into Facebook's privacy practices Wednesday, as it sued the company over its repeated refusal to turn over documents and answer questions. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said his probe has been going on for more than a year. He said he was...

Correction: Oregon Wine Trade Groups story

Oct. 30, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — In a story Oct. 27 about a new group formed to promote Oregon's wine industry The Associated Press erroneously reported an older association's name. It is the Oregon Wine Growers Association, not the Oregon Wine Association. A corrected version of the story is below: Alternative group...

47 attorneys general back antitrust probe into Facebook

Oct. 22, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's latest foes: nearly every U.S. state. A state-level antitrust investigation into the social networking giant now has the backing of a bipartisan group of 47 attorneys general, New York Attorney General Letitia James said Tuesday. The Democrat launched the probe last month with...

Facebook ramps up election security efforts ahead of 2020

Oct. 21, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

With just over a year left until the 2020 U.S. presidential election, Facebook is stepping up its efforts to ensure it is not used as a tool to interfere in politics and democracies around the world. The efforts outlined Monday include a special security tool for elected officials and candidates that monitors...

Sutter Health, California settle massive antitrust case

Oct. 16, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One of California's largest hospital systems has reached an agreement to settle a massive class-action lawsuit over allegations that it abused its market power and has been overcharging patients for medical bills. Wednesday's announcement of an agreement offered no details but came...

EU orders chipmaker Broadcom to change business practices

Oct. 16, 2019 7:47 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European regulators on Wednesday ordered chipmaker Broadcom to change the way it does business with key customers over competition concerns. EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said her department had "strong indications" that Broadcom is "engaging in anticompetitive practices." Her...

Lawmakers: Tech giants have given some of documents sought

Oct. 15, 2019 7:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers investigating the market dominance of Big Tech say they've received part of the information they requested from Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple, and expect to get the rest soon. Tuesday was the deadline for the companies to provide a broad range of documents to the House...

California hospital chain going to court over high prices

Oct. 10, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One of California's largest hospital systems is facing a trial over accusations that it has used its market dominance to snuff out competition and overcharge patients for medical bills. The antitrust lawsuit against Sutter Health, which operates 24 hospitals with 5,500 doctors across...

The Latest: Trial delayed against California hospital chain

Oct. 10, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on an antitrust trial against one of California's largest hospital systems (all times local): 12 p.m. Opening arguments in a trial against one of California's largest hospital systems have been delayed due to the absence and excusal of several jury members. San Francisco...