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July 11, 2018

IN THE NEWS: FACEBOOK PRIVACY SCANDAL - FINE

LONDON (AP) — A government agency in the U.K. has slapped a fine on Facebook. The head of the U.K. Parliament’s media committee says the Information Commissioner’s Office has concluded that Facebook “contravened the law by failing to safeguard people’s information.” The infraction will cost the social media site $663,000. Officials also say Facebook should reveal the results of its internal investigations to British officials and others who are investigating the scandal. Facebook has been under scrutiny since allegations surfaced that London-based political consultancy Cambridge Analytica used data from tens of millions of Facebook accounts to help U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign.

IN THE NEWS: TESLA TO BUILD OUTSIDE U.S.

BEIJING (AP) — Electric car producer Tesla will build its first factory outside the United States in Shanghai. The announcement means Tesla will become the first wholly foreign-owned automaker in China. The announcement comes amid mounting U.S.-Chinese tension over technology — and comes after the Beijing government promised in April to end the restrictions that require foreign automakers to work through local partners. China is the world’s biggest electric vehicle market — but Tesla and other producers including GM and Nissan have been reluctant to transfer manufacturing to China because it requires firms to share their technology with Chinese partners that might become rivals.

ON THE WEB: AIRLINE OFFERINGS

CYBERSPACE (AP) — There will be some changes in what some American carriers are offering passengers these days. American Airlines says it will stop using plastic straws and drink stirrers. They will be replaced with biodegradable alternatives. In May, Alaska said it would phase out plastic straws.

Meanwhile, Southwest Airlines will stop handing out peanuts on flights next month, ending a tradition that dates back decades. The airline says the move is being made out of concern for passengers with peanut allergies. Instead of peanuts, passengers will now get pretzels or other free snacks on longer hauls.

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Online:

American Airlines site: http://www.aa.com

Southwest Airlines site: http://www.southwest.com

IN STORES: APP STORE ANNIVERSARY

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Just think — ten years ago you could have said “there’s an app for that” — and chances were that no one would have any idea what you were talking about. This marks the tenth year since Apple opened its online store peddling apps for its iPhones. The app business has boomed since then; there are now more than 2 million for iPhone alone, not to mention iPad and Apple Watch. The app industry has helped spawn companies like Uber, which wouldn’t be possible without the use of mobile apps. It has also created rivals — as Apple competitors like Google, Amazon and Microsoft have launched their own app stores.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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