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Rights group urges Western firms to stop Belarus TV ads

Aug. 04, 2021 10:37 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German-Swiss group that campaigns for human rights in Belarus called Wednesday for Western companies to stop buying airtime for advertising on the authoritarian country’s state broadcasters. Libereco said major consumer goods companies such as Procter...

EU investigates Facebook's proposed purchase of Kustomer

Aug. 02, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — European Union regulators are opening an in-depth investigation of Facebook's plan to buy Kustomer over concerns that the deal would stifle competition for customer relationship management software. The EU Commission said Monday it's also investigating...

MyPillow advertiser shunning Fox for refusal to air ad

Jul. 30, 2021 15:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — One of Fox News' most visible advertisers, Mike Lindell and his MyPillow line of products, has pulled commercials from the network over a refusal to air an ad promoting discredited claims of election fraud. Fox confirmed the moves on Friday, which were...

Earworms may be annoying, but may also help process memories

Jul. 24, 2021 03:09 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — In the dark corners of the internet hides a playlist of some of the most torturous, addictive music known to man. That’s right, Spotify, SoundCloud and Apple Music all have playlists of “Baby Shark” remixes. Do doo, do do, do do, do. Would you...

Priest outed via Grindr app highlights rampant data tracking

Jul. 22, 2021 17:30 PM EDT

When a religious publication used smartphone app data to deduce the sexual orientation of a high-ranking Roman Catholic official, it exposed a problem that goes far beyond a debate over church doctrine and priestly celibacy. With few U.S. restrictions on what companies...

Image-building a expensive process in utility merger effort

Jul. 20, 2021 10:01 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Public Service Company of New Mexico poured more than $1 million into advertising from March through June to sell the public on its proposed merger with Avangrid. Included among four bills to PNM from the Albuquerque marketing firm 3 Advertising is...

Google fined $592 million in dispute with French publishers

Jul. 13, 2021 07:32 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France’s competition regulator fined Google 500 million euros ($592 million) on Tuesday for failing to negotiate in good faith with French publishers in a dispute over payments for their news. The agency threatened fines of another 900,000 euros (around...

Study: Newspaper circulation revenue surpasses advertising

Jun. 30, 2021 19:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time in 2020, the newspaper industry earned more money from circulation than advertising. Yet like many of the other benchmarks noted this week by the Pew Research Center in the first of a series of reports on the state of the news media,...

Google delays phase out of tracking tech by nearly 2 years

Jun. 24, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Google will delay by nearly two years the phase out of Chrome web browser technology that tracks users for ad purposes, saying that it needs more time to develop a replacement system. The tech giant on Thursday moved its deadline to remove so-called...

EU's Google ad tech probe part of bloc's antitrust crackdown

Jun. 22, 2021 13:54 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The European Union’s move on Tuesday to investigate Google over alleged antitrust behavior in the digital ad tech sector is the bloc’s latest crackdown on U.S. tech giants. Here’s a look at enforcement actions taken by the EU’s competition commissioner, Margrethe...