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Nov 22, 2019

Bank robber accuses police of illegally using Google location data to catch him

It was a Monday afternoon in May when police say a man wielding a silver and black handgun ordered customers inside the Call Federal Credit Union in Midlothian, Virginia, to their knees and demanded the bank’s manager open the safe. The robber fled with $195,000, witnesses said, and was long gone by the time authorities […]

Sep 9, 2019

Facebook, Google face off against formidable new foe: State attorneys general

The nation’s state attorneys general have tangled with mortgage lenders, tobacco giants and the makers of addictive drugs. Now, they’re setting their sights on another target: Big Tech. After years of federal inaction, the state watchdogs are initiating sweeping antitrust investigations against Silicon Valley’s largest companies, probing whether they undermine rivals and harm consumers. Thei[...]

Jun 3, 2019

The Justice Department is preparing a potential antitrust investigation of Google

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department has taken early steps toward opening a federal antitrust investigation into Google, according to three people familiar with the matter, marking a new chapter in the tech giant’s troubles with regulators around the world who contend the company is too large and threatens rivals and consumers. The move thrusts Google […]

May 30, 2018

NY comptroller: Social media must curb harassment, fake news

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s top financial official is warning Facebook, Google and Twitter that they must do more to protect users from fake news, sexual harassment and abuse on their social media platforms. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli called on the companies to publicly report on what steps they’re taking to address the problems. […]

Nov 2, 2017

Under pressure, social media giants acknowledge meddling

WASHINGTON (AP) — In three exhaustive hearings this week, executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google acknowledged that their platforms were used by Russia to try and create division over such disparate issues as immigration, gun control and politics. House investigators released a trove of Facebook and Twitter ads that showed just how extraordinary the cyber […]

Aug 18, 2017

Lithuanian man brought to U.S. to face $100 million fraud case

NEW YORK (AP) — A Lithuanian businessman extradited to the United States to face charges that he duped Google and Facebook into sending him over $100 million was held without bail Thursday, hours after he was brought to the country. Evaldas Rimasauskas, 48, of Vilnius, Lithuania, pleaded not guilty in Manhattan federal court to charges […]

Aug 10, 2017

Fired Googler faces headwinds making legal case he’s the victim

The engineer fired by Google after he blasted the company’s diversity policies can try to argue he was unfairly dismissed, but legal experts say he may not get far in court. James Damore said Monday he was “exploring all possible legal remedies” after the internet giant terminated him over his 3,000-word manifesto blasting Google’s “left […]

Feb 16, 2017

Commentary: A new reason for foreigners to avoid Google and Facebook

A Philadelphia court has made the unfortunate decision to reopen the legal debate on whether the U.S. has the right to access emails stored on foreign servers if they belong to U.S. companies. If Magistrate Thomas Rueter’s ruling stands, anyone using U.S.-based internet companies will have to live with the knowledge that, as far as […]

Dec 20, 2016

Lawsuit: Tech companies ‘profit from ISIS’

In June, a gunman killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in a horrific spate of violence at a gay nightclub in Orlando. Now, the families of some of the victims are suing Google, Twitter and Facebook over their role in allegedly radicalizing the shooter. The families are accusing the tech companies of providing support […]

Jun 19, 2015

Apple, Google add new features to phone pay apps

SAN FRANCISCO — The tech industry has been saying for years that smartphones would make traditional wallets obsolete. But most people still use cash or plastic when they shop in stores. That could change later this year when three leading tech companies are promising to give shoppers more reasons to use “digital wallets.” Apple said […]

May 18, 2015

Appeals court sides with Google

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — YouTube should not have been forced to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East and death threats to actors, a federal appeals court ruled Monday in a victory for free speech advocates. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal sided with Google, which owns YouTube, after […]

Apr 15, 2015

Stakes raised in Google battle with EU

BRUSSELS — The European Union has charged Google with abusing its dominance in Internet searches and opened a probe into its Android mobile system, massively raising the stakes in its five-year antitrust battle with the tech giant. Wednesday’s move could lead to billions in fines for Google if the case shows that the way it […]

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