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Deadly flu season hits hard

CNN - Tue, 2018-01-09 18:19
A deadly flu season has hit hard in the Golden State.

Some Great Barrier Reef turtle populations produce nothing but females

Ars - Tue, 2018-01-09 18:12

Enlarge / Sea turtle. (credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Humans figure out whether to develop as males or females based on the presence of a single gene on the Y chromosome. But that's just one of a dizzying number of ways that plants and animals determine their sex. A large group of reptiles, including crocodilians and many species of turtles, use the ambient temperature. If the eggs are above a certain temperature during a critical period in their incubation, the animal will be likely to develop as a female; below that temperature, you're more likely to get a male.

And that, in a world where temperatures are rising, is a problem.

A new study of sea turtles that live near the Great Barrier Reef has found that populations closest to the equator, where the temperatures are warmest, have been producing over 99 percent females for two decades. While turtles have obviously weathered changing climates in the past, the current rate of change, coupled with sea turtles' long life span, raise concerns about how well they'll cope with our current warming.

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John Lithgow, on Barnstorming His Way to Broadway

NY Times - Tue, 2018-01-09 18:12
For nine years, this actor has taken his one-man show on the road like a “time-warp vaudevillian.” What did he learn along the way?

Ad Firms Hit Hard by Apple's Intelligent Tracking Prevention Feature in Safari

MacRumors - Tue, 2018-01-09 18:11
Internet ad firms are losing out on "hundreds of millions of dollars" following the implementation of anti-tracking features introduced to Safari with iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, reports The Guardian.

One of the largest advertising firms, Criteo, announced in December that Intelligent Tracking Prevention could have a 22 percent net negative impact on its 2018 revenue projections. Other advertising firms could see similar losses, according to Dennis Buchheim of the Interactive Advertising Bureau."We expect a range of companies are facing similar negative impacts from Apple's Safari tracking changes. Moreover, we anticipate that Apple will retain ITP and evolve it over time as they see fit," Buchheim told the Guardian.Intelligent Tracking Prevention techniques were introduced in iOS 11 and in Safari 11 in macOS High Sierra 10.13, both of which were released back in September. Intelligent Tracking Prevention is designed to stop companies from invasively tracking customer web browsing habits across websites. Intelligent Tracking Prevention does not block ads -- it simply prevents websites from being able to track users' browsing habits without their permission.

Shortly after the launch of the two new operating systems, advertising groups asked Apple to "rethink" its position and its decision to block cross-site tracking, arguing that Apple would "sabotage the economic model for the internet."

An open letter signed by the Data and Marketing Association and the Network Advertising Initiative said the collective digital advertising community was "deeply concerned" because Apple's cross-site tracking prevention is "bad for consumer choice." "Blocking cookies in this manner will drive a wedge between brands and their customers, and it will make advertising more generic and less timely and useful," read the letter.

In response, Apple defended cross-site tracking and said its customers "have a right to privacy." From Apple in September:Ad tracking technology has become so pervasive that it is possible for ad tracking companies to recreate the majority of a person's web browsing history. This information is collected without permission and is used for ad re-targeting, which is how ads follow people around the Internet. The new Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature detects and eliminates cookies and other data used for this cross-site tracking, which means it helps keep a person's browsing private.There was initially an Intelligent Tracking Prevention workaround that companies like Criteo were using following the launch of iOS 11, but as mentioned in Criteo's announcement, Apple closed that loophole with the introduction of iOS 11.2.

Ad company Criteo says that it is working to circumvent Intelligent Tracking Prevention with an "alternative sustainable solution for the long term" that will align the interests of Apple users, publishers, and advertisers, but it's unclear whether Apple and its customers will find any cross-site tracking feature to be acceptable.

Apple customers who are running iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra can double check to make sure Intelligent Tracking Prevention is enabled on their devices.

In iOS 11, the toggle to disable cross-site tracking can be accessed by going to Settings --> Safari --> Prevent Cross-Site Tracking. With macOS High Sierra, the feature can be activated by going to the Preferences section of the Safari app, choosing Privacy, and then checking "Prevent Cross-Site Tracking."

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Bannon leaves Breitbart News

CNN - Tue, 2018-01-09 18:10

Bannon, North Korea, El Salvador: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

NY Times - Tue, 2018-01-09 18:09
Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

Alabama No. 1 in final AP poll

CNN - Tue, 2018-01-09 18:00

The Stephen Miller dilemma

Washington Post - Tue, 2018-01-09 18:00
Interviewing President Trump's senior policy adviser is often unproductive, but banning him from TV comes with risks, too.

Op-Ed Columnist: The Worst and the Dumbest

NY Times - Tue, 2018-01-09 17:54
Given what Trump is doing to our government, it’s a good thing he’s a very stable genius.

Zuma spacecraft fails to reach orbit

CNN - Tue, 2018-01-09 17:52

2,000 7-Eleven customers possibly exposed to hepatitis A

CNN - Tue, 2018-01-09 17:49
Health officials in Salt Lake County, Utah, are warning residents that an estimated 2,000 of them could have been exposed to hepatitis A at a local 7-Eleven convenience store.

Analysis: What the heck does Steve Bannon do now?

CNN - Tue, 2018-01-09 17:47
This time last year, Steve Bannon was on top of the world. He had shepherded Donald Trump to the most unlikely presidential victory ever. He was preparing to go with Trump to the White House as a senior strategist. He was the new hot thing.

Trump causes confusion about 'clean' bill

CNN - Tue, 2018-01-09 17:34
President Trump caused confusion about what a future bill for DACA would look like while hosting an immigration meeting with lawmakers at the White House.

As Electric Cars’ Prospects Brighten, Japan Fears Being Left Behind

NY Times - Tue, 2018-01-09 17:33
The country, which missed out on some earlier technological shifts, is now scrambling to catch up as the world warms up to battery-powered vehicles.
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