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As Facebook struggles to fight misinformation ahead of the 2020 elections, Google is escaping the spotlight

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google parent Alphabet, during Google's annual developer conference in 2013. <p class="copyright">Justin Sullivan/Getty Images</p>
Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google parent Alphabet, during Google’s annual developer conference in 2013.
  • As tech companies gear up to fight misinformation ahead of the 2020 elections, Facebook has received the most scrutiny amid a steady flow of reporting that highlights its missteps.

  • Meanwhile, researchers say Google has been “getting a pass on transparency” by hiding behind Facebook and being less willing to share data about its own products, specifically around political advertising.

  • Google is the largest digital ads company and plays a key role in what advertisements millions of Americans see while watching YouTube, viewing search results, and across the internet about the electoral candidates, issues, and voting.

  • Google said it’s “committed to delivering the highest standards in transparency, choice and controls” by verifying advertisers, banning narrowly targeted ads, and making ad details available in a public archive.

  • But researchers argued that Google’s rules around political

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Antitrust fight against Google hits partisan headwinds

The Trump administration’s Justice Department and the attorneys general from almost every state have spent the past year laying the groundwork for an antitrust lawsuit against Google, with a decision on filing the case expected to come this summer.

But now it’s Labor Day weekend, and disagreements between the department and mostly Democratic AGs are holding up the launch of what would be the biggest antitrust battle in a generation, seven people involved in the discussions told POLITICO.

Meetings in the coming weeks could resolve the impasse, which include questions about what aspects of Google’s empire to target, the people said. Another crucial dispute is whether to push to file the suit before Election Day — assuring it as a legacy for Attorney General William Barr — or risk leaving the case’s future in the hands of a Biden administration.

Widespread consensus still exists between Barr’s department and dozens of

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Inside Capital One’s new partnership with Microsoft to fight fraud

MSFT) Q4 earnings call last month, CEO Satya Nadella mentioned that the company was working with Capital One (COF) in a partnership to improve fraud detection for credit card transactions. In an exclusive interview with Yahoo Finance, Capital One’s head of fraud, Sarah Strauss, explained exactly what that means for consumers and the companies. ” data-reactid=”32″During Microsoft’s (MSFT) Q4 earnings call last month, CEO Satya Nadella mentioned that the company was working with Capital One (COF) in a partnership to improve fraud detection for credit card transactions. In an exclusive interview with Yahoo Finance, Capital One’s head of fraud, Sarah Strauss, explained exactly what that means for consumers and the companies. 

The partnership between the two companies allows Microsoft and Capital One to use their data to determine if a transaction is legitimate, which has a few major benefits. First, better fraud detection means less fraud and

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California Teen Had to Fight for His Life After Testing Positive for Coronavirus a Second Time

coronavirus in mid-June.” data-reactid=”29″A California teenager, William ‘Ikaika’ Bailey had to fight for his life after contracting the coronavirus in mid-June.

ABC. In June, he began feeling sick. A coronavirus test revealed that he had the virus.” data-reactid=”30″Ikaika, 19, had recently graduated from high school, where he played on the football team and served as the homecoming king, his mom Desiree Cady told ABC. In June, he began feeling sick. A coronavirus test revealed that he had the virus.

“He would shiver and it was warm and then he would get hot when it was cold and then the fever and the cough. It was horrible,” Cady, of Merced, Calif., said.

After the standard 14 days, Ikaika was cleared of the coronavirus, but Cady said her son did

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Across the Country, Vintage Shops Are in a Fight to Save Thrifting

Can the humble consignment store replicate its famously intimate in-person shopping experience online? That’s the plan.

Kenzie Borland shops for her vintage store the same way she might shop for a friend. When combing her way through tablescapes at garage sales or bulk bins at Goodwill outlets, she takes time to envision certain people in her life wearing each item. Who does this Crayola backpack remind her of, and how would they style that parrot-embroidered denim top? “Sometimes I’ll even shop for stuff and be like, ‘I could see Harry Styles wearing this,'” she says. Whether or not she’s referencing the rather Bode-like liquor-shelf-patterned button-up, we’ll never know.

Borland is one of the four owners of Dead Center Vintage, a vintage clothing and accessories retailer for all genders, ages and sizes set in the heart of Wichita, Kan. Borland and her business partners — Gabrielle Griffie, Morgan Goodwin and Lazarus

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Scientists say nasal spray can help fight COVID-19; college football season in shambles; Texas passes 500K cases

While scientists around the world rush to find a vaccine for COVID-19, researchers in San Francisco developed an antiviral nasal spray that could fight the coronavirus.

Coronavirus infections have spiked in Texas as the state surpassed the 500,000 case marker Tuesday. While state hospitalizations have decreased, Gov. Greg Abbott said gatherings may have contributed to the surge in positive cases.

In college sports, the Pac-12 postponed its season Tuesday, hours after the Big Ten announced it would not play football this fall over concerns of the coronavirus. The historic decision may lead the rest of the Power Five conferences to delay their seasons.

Here are some significant developments:

📈 Today’s numbers: Wisconsin has reported its 1,000th death. New weekly case records were set in Indiana, North Dakota, Guam and Puerto Rico. Weekly record numbers of deaths were reported in Georgia, Tennessee and Puerto Rico. The United States has reported more

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Scientists say new nasal spray can help fight COVID; college football season in shambles; Texas passes 500K cases

While scientists around the world rush to find a vaccine for COVID-19, researchers in San Francisco developed an antiviral nasal spray that could fight the coronavirus. 

Coronavirus infections have spiked in Texas as the state surpassed the 500,000 case marker Tuesday. While state hospitalizations have decreased, Gov. Greg Abbott said gatherings may have contributed to the surge in positive cases.

In college sports, the Pac-12 postponed its season Tuesday, hours after the Big Ten announced it would not play football this fall over concerns of the coronavirus. The historic decision may lead the rest of the Power Five conferences to delay their seasons.

Here are some significant developments:

📈 Today’s numbers: Wisconsin has reported its 1,000th death. New weekly case records were set in Indiana and North Dakota, and also Guam and Puerto Rico. Weekly record numbers of deaths were reported in Georgia and Tennessee, and also Puerto Rico. The

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Oofos Raises Money for Cancer Research, How Belk, Net-a-Porter and More Are Helping in the Fight Against COVID-19

July 31, 2020: Oofos founder Lou Panaccione, is participating in the Pan-Mass Challenge in support of former colleague Duncan Finigan, who lost her battle with breast cancer. The challenge is an annual bike-a-thon that raises money for charity, with 100% of every rider-raised dollar going to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. While the event has shifted to a virtual format this year, Panaccione will be embarking on an actual 100-mile ride across the South Shore of Massachusetts on Aug. 1 and Aug. 2, with a stop at Nor’easter Surf Shop, where the first pair of Oofos shoes were sold.

July 30, 2020: Katy Perry Collections is celebrating Camp Firework with a new rainbow sneaker iteration. Inspired by the winning designs of three talented campers, 100% of the proceeds from the new Firework sneaker are set to go towards Camp Firework; the camp works to empower children from underserved communities by encouraging

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Wealthy donors pour millions into fight over mail-in voting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deep-pocketed and often anonymous donors are pouring over $100 million into an intensifying dispute about whether it should be easier to vote by mail, a fight that could determine President Donald Trump’s fate in the November election.

In the battleground of Wisconsin, cash-strapped cities have received $6.3 million from an organization with ties to left-wing philanthropy to help expand vote by mail. Meanwhile, a well-funded conservative group best known for its focus on judicial appointments is spending heavily to fight cases related to mail-in balloting procedures in court.

And that’s just a small slice of the overall spending, which is likely to swell far higher as the election nears.

The massive effort by political parties, super PACs and other organizations to fight over whether Americans can vote by mail is remarkable considering the practice has long been noncontroversial. But the coronavirus is forcing changes to the way

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Tsunami of fake news hurts Latin America’s effort to fight coronavirus

<span>Photograph: Martín Mejía/AP</span>
Photograph: Martín Mejía/AP

For months Gustavo Andrade has been battling to convince his parishioners to take Covid-19 seriously.

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“This town is full of infected people. Two or three die every day,” said the priest, from the town of Venustiano Carranza in southern Mexico.

Yet for all Andrade’s efforts, many locals remain unconvinced. “Their understanding is that these deaths are from the poison the mayor is spraying as part of the anti-dengue fumigation,” he said.

The culprit for the confusion is fake news.

As Latin America battles the advance of Covid-19, which has now claimed more than 160,000 lives in the region, it is also fending off a tsunami of online disinformation designed to bamboozle and deceive.

From the Mexican state of Chiapas to Ceará in Brazil, social networks are awash with quack cures and fantastical conspiracies that can

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