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EU court: No need to reveal IP addresses in uploading cases

Jul. 9, 2020 6:09 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s highest court ruled Thursday that online platforms don't have to disclose the full personal data including email addresses, telephone numbers or IP addresses of users who illegally upload movies and copyright material. The case stems from a German film...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Del., on June 30, 2020. As his bid for a second term faces growing obstacles, President Donald Trump’s primacy in the dizzying digital world is one of his top advantages, giving him a massive platform to connect with supporters and push a message that ignores his vulnerabilities related to the pandemic, unemployment and race relations. Biden and his allies are working feverishly to establish a social media force of their own. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump, Biden fight for primacy on social media platforms

Jul. 5, 2020 9:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — On an average day, President Donald Trump sends about 14 posts to the 28 million Facebook followers of his campaign account. His Democratic rival, Joe Biden, delivers about half that many posts to an audience of just 2 million. The numbers are similarly skewed in other spheres of the...

This aerial drone photo shows the Call Federal Credit Union building, front, Tuesday June 16, 2020, in Midlothian, Va. Police were able to obtain geofence search warrants, a tool being increasingly used by law enforcement. The warrant sought location histories kept by Google of cellphones and other devices used within 150 meters (500 feet) of the bank. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Geofence warrants to be tested in Virginia bank robbery case

Jul. 3, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — It was a terrifying bank robbery: Demanding cash in a handwritten note, a man waved a gun, threatened to kill a teller's family, ordered employees and customers onto the floor and escaped with $195,000. Surveillance video gave authorities a lead, showing a man holding a cellphone...

FILE - In this March 25, 2015 file photo CEO Mark Zuckerberg gives the keynote address during the Facebook F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco.  Britain's competition watchdog The Competition and Markets Authority took aim at the U.S. tech giants in a report Wednesday July 1, 2020, wanting new rules to foster competition in digital advertising markets and rein in the industry's dominant players, Google and Facebook. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, FILE)

UK regulator urges reforms to curb Google, Facebook ad power

Jul. 1, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British regulators want new rules to foster competition in digital advertising markets and rein in the industry's dominant players, Google and Facebook. The Competition and Markets Authority took aim at the U.S. tech giants in a report Wednesday that recommends the British government adopt...

FILE - In this June 28, 2018, file photo, State Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, left, and Assemblyman Ed Chau, D-Arcadia, right, celebrate with Alastair Mactaggart, center, after the Legislature approved their data privacy bill in Sacramento, Calif. California voters will decide a ballot measure this November that would give them more power over how companies use their data, an extension of a landmark privacy law passed in 2018. Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced Wednesday, June 25, 2020, a measure to amend the law will be on the Nov. 3 general election ballot. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Data privacy, other measures qualify for California ballot

Jun. 26, 2020 12:38 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters will weigh in this November on whether to expand a landmark data privacy law, alter a decades-old law that limits property taxes on businesses and exempt ride-hail giants Uber and Lyft from a new state labor law. They are among 11 measures Secretary of State Alex...

FILE - In this July 30, 2019, file photo, the social media application, Facebook is displayed on Apple's App Store in Chicago.  On Wednesday, July 17, 2020, Several civil-rights and other advocacy groups are calling on large advertisers to stop Facebook ad campaigns during July 2020 because they say the social network isn’t doing enough to curtail racist and violent content on its platform. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky, File)

Verizon joins ad boycott of Facebook over hateful content

Jun. 25, 2020 7:44 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Verizon is joining an escalating movement to siphon advertising away from Facebook in an effort to pressure the company into doing more to prevent racist and violent information from being shared on its social networking service. The decision announced Thursday by one of the world's...

FILE - This Tuesday, July 19, 2016, file photo shows the Google logo at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Federal and state regulators in the U.S. are preparing to file antitrust lawsuits alleging Google has abused its dominance of online search and advertising to stifle competition and and boost its profits, according to a report published Friday, May 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Google to start paying some news publishers for content

Jun. 25, 2020 8:13 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Google says it will start paying some publishers for their news content, in a move that could pave the way for reduced tensions between the internet search giant and the beleagured news industry. The company said Thursday that it plans to launch this year a licensing program to pay...

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 11, 2020 file photo, Matt Hancock, Britain's Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, leaves 10 Downing Street in London. Britain is scrapping plans to launch its own coronavirus contact tracing smartphone app because of technical problems and will now work on building one using technology supplied by Apple and Google, it was announced Thursday, June 18 2020. The government’s app had been undergoing trials on the Isle of Wight, and was expected to be rolled out to the rest of the country later. But officials overseeing the app’s development said they couldn’t overcome a number of technical challenges they found during field tests with the app. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Britain scraps virus tracing app for Google-Apple system

Jun. 18, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain scrapped plans to launch its own coronavirus contact tracing smartphone app because of technical problems and will now work on building one using technology supplied by Apple and Google, health authorities said Thursday. The app had been undergoing trials on the Isle of Wight, off the...

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2017, file photo, Netflix Founder and CEO Reed Hastings smiles during an interview in Barcelona, Spain. Hastings and his wife, Patty Quillin, are donating $120 million toward student scholarships at historically black colleges and universities. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)

Netflix CEO to donate $120M to historically black colleges

Jun. 17, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and his wife, Patty Quillin, are donating $120 million toward student scholarships at historically black colleges and universities. The couple is giving $40 million to each of three institutions: the United Negro College Fund, Spelman College and Morehouse College. The organizations...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, the Google exhibit building shows off a variety of devices with Google Assistant, including Android smartphones and Wear OS smartwatches during the CES tech show in Las Vegas. Google has released a test version of its annual upgrade to its Android software without the usual fanfare heralding the latest operating system powering most smartphones. The debut of Android 11's

Google quietly rolls out test version of Android upgrade

Jun. 10, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Google has released a test version of its annual upgrade to its Android software without the usual fanfare heralding the latest operating system powering most smartphones. The debut of Android 11's “beta" version was announced Wednesday in a blog post, along with video...