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Amazon ad sale boom could challenge Google-Facebook dominance

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK: Amazon.com’s expanding business of selling space on its site to merchants helped it double profits on Thursday, and some see the move as a step toward taking advertising dollars from Google and Facebook. With $2 billion or less of advertising revenue, Amazon is dwarfed by Alphabet’s Google and Facebook, often called an internet duopoly, but it is growing fast, may be outselling ads on Twitter Inc and Snapchat, and it has advantages that other contenders lack. Amazon has users’ purchase data and…

World Cup: Spain’s dominance faces ultimate test in Brazil

MADRID: Spain's desire for glory on the international stage is as strong as ever but the champions will need something special if they are to become the first Europeans to win the World Cup in the Americas. The only nation from the continent to triumph in soccer's global showpiece outside Europe, thanks to their triumph in South Africa four years ago, La Roja got an indication of the task facing them when they were humbled 3-0 by hosts Brazil in last year's Confederations Cup final. The pressure of the occasion at an…