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Hawaii leaders want official fired for COVID drug remarks

Aug. 26, 2021 22:19 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — State legislative leaders have called on Hawaii's governor to fire the Maui district health officer for promoting the use of drugs to treat COVID-19 that haven't been approved for this use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Sen. Roz Baker, a...

UK watchdog: Facebook's ownership of Giphy hurts competition

Aug. 12, 2021 09:40 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Facebook's ownership of Giphy will hurt competition for animated images, U.K. regulators said Thursday, meaning the social network could ultimately be forced to unwind the deal if the provisional findings are confirmed. The Competition and Markets...

Facebook bans firm behind Pfizer, AstraZeneca smear campaign

Aug. 10, 2021 15:51 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Facebook said Tuesday that it has removed hundreds of accounts linked to a mysterious advertising agency operating out of Russia that sought to pay social media influencers to smear COVID-19 vaccines made by Pfizer and AstraZeneca. A network of...

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...