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Source: Google to pay $22.5M fine in privacy case

SAN FRANCISCO — Google has agreed to pay a $22.5 million fine to settle allegations that it broke a privacy promise by secretly tracking the online activities of millions of people who use Apple’s Safari web browser.

That’s according to a person familiar with Google Inc.’s negotiations to settle a case brought by the Federal Trade Commission. The person who spoke to the Associated Press Tuesday asked not to be identified because the agreement still must be approved by the FTC.

The Wall Street Journal first reported on the pending settlement.

If approved, the $22.5 million fine would be the largest penalty ever imposed by the FTC.

EMPLOYMENT

J.C. Penney lays off 350 more at headquarters

NEW YORK — J.C. Penney Co. says it is laying off 350 more workers at its headquarters in Plano, Texas, as the department store struggles to transform its business under a new CEO.

The cuts, announced Tuesday, follow the company’s move in April to eliminate 600 workers at its headquarters.

Penney is cutting costs amid the difficult task of turning around its business. It is overhauling every aspect of its operations, from a new pricing plan to new brands. The new pricing plan, which cuts hundreds of sales events, has turned off shoppers. The company reported a bigger-than-expected loss and a 20 percent drop in revenue in the first quarter.

Penney now has 3,100 workers at its headquarters, a 29 reduction from the 4,400 employees it had before the layoffs this spring.

From wire dispatches and staff reports