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EU opens full competition probe into Google’s $2.1 billion Fitbit deal

The Fitbit Charge wearable device - Fitbit
The Fitbit Charge wearable device – Fitbit

The European Commission will carry out a full competition probe into Google’s $2.1bn (£1.6bn) acquisition of wearable technology business Fitbit.

The probe, which follows an initial investigation into the deal, will examine whether the purchase of Fitbit will hand Google potentially valuable data that it could use to dominate the online advertising market.

Giving Google access to Fitbit’s data on its customers, who use the company’s watches and other wearable devices to measure their exercise, risks “increasing the data advantage of Google in the personalisation of the ads it serves via its search engine and displays on other internet pages,” the EU said in a blog post announcing the probe.

The EU probe will also investigate the potential impact of the purchase of Fitbit on the digital healthcare field, as well as any effects on rival fitness wearable devices.

Rick Osterloh, a Google

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Target, McDonald’s, Old Navy now require face masks amid COVID-19. See the full list of businesses requiring them.

The nation’s largest retailers are now requiring what some states and cities won’t: the use of face masks.

Walmart, Target, CVS, Walgreens and Kroger are the biggest to announce  mask mandates at stores nationwide joining the list of businesses with face covering requirements growing as COVID-19 cases rise. The coronavirus causes the disease COVID-19.

Dozens and dozens of states now require masks in public places, with Alabama, Arkansas and Colorado recently adding mandates. One state went in the opposite direction this week when Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp suspended all local government mask orders on July 15.  

Individual businesses can choose to institute further restrictions, and the National Retail Federation is encouraging retailers to set nationwide mask policies to protect shoppers and employees.

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Prince Joachim of Denmark Expected to Make Full Recovery from Emergency Brain Surgery

Prince Joachim of Denmark is on the road to recovery following emergency surgery for a blood clot on his brain.

The 51-year-old royal – who was treated at the University Hospital of Toulouse in France on Saturday – is “expected to be moved from the intensive care unit soon,” the Royal House announced in a statement on Tuesday.

“After the recent days of hospitalization and treatment in the intensive care unit, it is now the doctors’ assessment that Prince Joachim will not have physical or other consequences as a result of the blood clot,” the statement continues.

“The blood clot in the brain was due to a sudden dissection of an artery, and the hospital’s medical team estimates that the risk of recurrence is very small once the artery has healed.

“Prince Joachim is expected to be moved from the intensive care unit soon but will continue to be hospitalized

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Walmart, Lowe’s, Aldi, Target among retailers adding face masks requirements amid COVID-19. See the full list.

The nation’s largest retailers are now requiring what some states and cities won’t: the use of face masks.

Walmart, Target, CVS, Walgreens and Kroger are the biggest to announce  mask mandates at stores nationwide joining the list of businesses with face covering requirements growing as COVID-19 cases rise. The coronavirus causes the disease COVID-19.

Dozens and dozens of states now require masks in public places, with Alabama, Arkansas and Colorado recently adding mandates. One state went in the opposite direction this week when Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp suspended all local government mask orders on July 15.  

Individual businesses can choose to institute further restrictions, and the National Retail Federation is encouraging retailers to set nationwide mask policies to protect shoppers and employees.

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Retailers requiring masks isn’t new – especially in areas with local orders

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Walmart, Lowe’s, Aldi, Target among retailers adding face masks requirements due to COVID-19. See the full list.

The nation’s largest retailers are now requiring what some states and cities won’t: the use of face masks.

Walmart, Target, CVS, Walgreens and Kroger are the biggest to announce  mask mandates at stores nationwide joining the list of businesses with face covering requirements growing as COVID-19 cases rise. The coronavirus causes the disease COVID-19.

Dozens and dozens of states now require masks in public places, with Alabama, Arkansas and Colorado recently adding mandates. One state went in the opposite direction this week when Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp suspended all local government mask orders on July 15.  

Individual businesses can choose to institute further restrictions, and the National Retail Federation is encouraging retailers to set nationwide mask policies to protect shoppers and employees.

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Retailers requiring masks isn’t new – especially in areas with local orders

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