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LOS ANGELES | Google Inc. is overhauling the way it treats user data, linking information across its array of email, video and social-networking services so that information gathered in one place can be used in another.

For example, if you spent the last hour logged into Google to search the Web for skateboards, the next time you log into YouTube, there’s a good chance you’ll get recommendations for videos featuring Tony Hawk.

The changes take effect March 1 and remove some of the legal hurdles that Google faced by having more than 70 different privacy policies across various services. Now, there will be one main policy covering services such as Google Plus, Gmail, search, YouTube and Maps, with separate ones covering sensitive services such as Google Wallet.

Still, the changes could irk privacy critics because of the sheer volume of information collected - including your location, list of contacts and the contents of your email.

APPOINTMENT

Target names new chief financial officer

MINNEAPOLIS | Target is promoting John Mulligan to chief financial officer.

The move is effective April 1.

Mr. Mulligan, 46, is replacing Doug Scovanner. He had been CFO for 18 years and said in November that he would step down.

Mr. Mulligan has been with discount retailer Target for 16 years in a variety of positions. Most recently he was senior vice president of finance.

Mr. Scovanner will remain with Target part time until November 2012.

The company has rebounded after consumers cut back on spending during the recession, but the rebound has been uneven. Minneapolis-based Target earlier this month lowered its fourth-quarter earnings expectations after disappointing December sales. Net income in its most recent quarter rose 4 percent while sales rose 5.4 percent.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports