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Attorney General Eric Schmitt says he is referring 12 cases regarding Catholic clergy sexual misconduct allegations to local prosecutors.
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This story was updated at 9 p.m. to include a statement from Google. 

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is one of 50 state attorneys general investigating possible anticompetitive behavior by Google.

The initial focus of the antitrust investigation will look into whether Google is prioritizing search results for companies that pay to advertise with it. Schmitt said that this could be shutting out competitors, especially small businesses, and hurting the free market for consumers. 

Missouri Attorney General and senatorial candidate Josh Hawley speaks to supporters at a campaign event in Chesterfield on Oct. 29, 2018.
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U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley is introducing legislation that would allow internet users to effectively opt out of having certain data shared with websites.

It’s the GOP senator’s latest salvo in his advocacy against large technology companies, a posture that’s brought Hawley national praise and criticism.

Saturday marks the 100th day that U.S Sen. Josh Hawley has been in the United States Senate.
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On the latest edition of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum spoke with U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley about his first few months in the U.S. Senate.

The Republican senator was elected to a six-year term last November. Saturday will mark his 100th day in office, which has been jam-packed with some big debates over President Donald Trump’s agenda and administration.

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St. Louis County Library members will have a chance to get an up-close-and-personal look at volcanoes, under the ocean and even outer space.

The library district is now offering free virtual-reality programs starting this fall using high-tech headsets and the virtual-reality teaching tool Google Expeditions.

Kristen Sorth, the director of the St. Louis County Library District, said the program opens the mind to possibilities, especially for kids.

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Missouri is the latest state to go after Facebook following national news reports that the social media giant has been sharing users’ data with third parties.

Attorney General Josh Hawley has issued a subpoena in order to find out whether Facebook has violated Missouri’s merchandising practices law.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley shares evidence included in a motion to dismiss Backpage's lawsuit against him.
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Missouri’s attorney general is trying to find out if Google has violated the state’s antitrust and consumer protection laws.

Attorney General Josh Hawley announced Monday that he is issuing a subpoena to the tech giant. Among other things, the Republican official wants to see how the tech giant is gathering personal information from users.  According to a news release, he also wants to know if Google is manipulating its search algorithm to “preference websites owned by Google and to demote websites that compete with Google.” 

Mobile technology and business - what to look for

Jul 10, 2012

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 10, 2012 - The advent of big data will mean changes in business. Big data alone is not the end of the road, but a steppingstone toward making this information truly useful. The ultimate goal is in moving toward predictive analytics. The first of these types of applications set to dominate the mobile space are showing up in consumers’ hands. Apple’s Siri and its recently launched Android competitor, Google Now, are prime examples of predictive analytics applications.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 26, 2012 - In 2008, the “How much information?” project was created to measure the world’s output of data, and its findings were astonishing The study reported that in 2008, the average American consumed an average of 12 hours worth of information a day. This figure corresponds to approximately 100,500 words or 34 gigabytes, coming from more than 20 different sources.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 4, 2010 - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says he's concerned that the Google search engine may be searching a bit too much, when it comes to regular Missourians.

Koster announced today that he has sent a letter to Google, "asking the company to provide details on personal information it may have collected from Missourians in connection with Google’s Street View Service."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 3, 2010 - There’s been noticeable buzz in recent days since word came that St. Louis is bidding to be a test market for Google’s ultra-high speed fiber optic internet service.

Google is planning to bring its experimental broadband network -– said to be about 100 times faster than what most Americans have today -- to a select few communities across the country. For the techies out there, the speed of the broadband network is 1 gigabit a second. Google says it is eventually planning to offer the service at what it calls a “competitive price” to at least 50,000 and up to 500,000 people.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 14, 2009 - Privacy advocates are trying to force Google to agree to tough privacy protections that would safeguard the list of books that people read from the future Google online library. They want the protections written into a pending court settlement.

Google has scanned millions of books into digital form since it began the books project in 2003. Authors and publishers sued for copyright infringement in 2005, and Google reached a tentative settlement of the case in 2007. Critics of the settlement have until Sept. 4 to file their comments with the court.