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Google to let sites block personalized ads under California privacy law

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Websites and apps using Google’s advertising tools will be able to block personalized ads to internet users in California and elsewhere as part of the Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Inc unit’s effort to help them comply with the state’s new privacy law, it told clients this week. The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), …

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Asian shares slide as Sino-U.S. spat on Hong Kong clouds trade deal outlook

TOKYO (Reuters) – Global shares slid on Thursday as a fresh row between Washington and Beijing over U.S. bills on Hong Kong could complicate their trade negotiation and delay a “phase one” deal that investors had initially hoped to be inked by now. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan (MIAPJ0000PUS) fell 0.16% while …

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Can he ‘ride it out’? Pompeo future uncertain after impeachment testimony

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Testimony on Wednesday that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo played a more central role than previously known in President Donald Trump’s Ukraine dealings has fueled uncertainty within the administration about the top diplomat’s future. Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union and a key figure in the Democratic-led impeachment …

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Defense Dept official says she never discussed Ukraine aid with Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A senior U.S. Department of Defense official testified on Wednesday that she had never discussed a hold on security assistance for Ukraine with President Donald Trump and never heard from him directly on the matter. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper testified at a hearing in the impeachment inquiry into Trump. …