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Technology

EU fines Google $1.7 billion over online ads market

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union regulators have fined Google 1.49 billion euros ($1.7 billion) for abusing its dominant role in online advertising, the third big antitrust penalty they've given the internet giant since 2017.

Ford repackages factory investment plan

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is repackaging a previously announced manufacturing investment in the Detroit area and now says it will spend $900 million and create 900 new jobs over the next four years.

State ag director to advocate for rural broadband

MATTOON (AP) — Illinois' new agriculture director says rural economic development and increasing broadband access are among his top priorities.

Google plans to launch Stadia, a game platform

NEW YORK — Google on Tuesday unveiled a video-game streaming platform called Stadia, positioning itself to take on the traditional video-game business.

The platform will store a game-playing session in the cloud and lets players jump across devices operating on Google's Chrome browser and Chrome OS, such as Pixel phones and Chromebooks.

Facebook says no one flagged mosque shooting livestream

LONDON (AP) — Facebook says none of the 200 or so people who watched live video of the New Zealand mosque shooting flagged it to moderators, underlining the challenge tech companies face in policing violent or disturbing content in real time.

Stalled contract talks have WAND-TV blacked out on DirecTV, U-Verse

CHAMPAIGN — Monday was the fourth straight day that DirecTV satellite customers were unable to watch "Days of Our Lives," "The Blacklist," "The Voice" and other NBC programs broadcast on local affiliate WAND-TV.

As a result of stalled contract negotiations, DirecTV pulled the plug on the Decatur television station Friday, and U-Verse, also owned by AT&T, has joined the blackout.

FIS spends $35 billion on Worldpay as digital payments surge

CINCINNATI (AP) — Fidelity National Information Services is buying Worldpay for about $35 billion with financial transactions increasingly moving online.

Oregon Blockbuster to be last on Earth

BEND, Ore. (AP) — There are challenges that come with running the last Blockbuster Video on the planet.

Lyft opens up its IPO road show

NEW YORK (AP) — Lyft officially kicked off the road show for its initial public offering, putting 30 million shares up for sale Monday with an anticipated price of between $62 and $68 per share.

That would raise more than $2 billion for the San Francisco ride-hailing company, which could be valued between $20 billion and $25 billion eventually.

Facebook says service hindered by lack of local news

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's effort to establish a service that provides its users with local news and information is being hindered by the lack of outlets where the company's technicians can find original reporting.

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