Google Inc is close to settling charges that it bypassed the privacy settings of customers using Apple Inc’s Safari browser, according to two sources familiar with the matter. Google will pay $22.5 million to settle the matter, said one of the sources, who spoke privately to protect relationships. The fine would be the largest penalty ever levied on a single company by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, according to the Wall Street Journal which reported the potential settlement late on Monday. The largest currently is the $15 million paid by ChoicePoint Inc in 2006 after a data breach, according to a third source. Read the full story at Reuters.

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Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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