How Apple’s New Browser Move Protects Online Privacy

CARES Act Falls Short of Helping Those Who Most Need Aid ; 5,000-Year-Old Sword Discovered in Italy ; and More Picks

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The author writes, “Apple has spent the last year cementing its position as the company that cares about your privacy and security. The iPhone maker has just taken this aim a step further today by announcing its Safari browser will now block all third-party cookies by default. In other words, advertisers and websites can no longer follow you across the internet using tracking technology.” Photo credit: Incase / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
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CARES Act Falls Short of Helping Those Who Most Need Aid (Celia)

From the Economic Policy Institute: “There is much to like in the [Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act], and timely relief is critical. But it also contains many flaws, largely left over from the first proposal forwarded by Senate Republicans. Because many of the weaknesses of this first proposal remain, the package will not be up to the job of fully protecting U.S. workers and their families from the economic consequences of the coronavirus shock, and it will not allow the economy to reboot quickly enough once the public health crisis ends.”

Detained Immigrants Sue ICE Over Coronavirus Fears (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “Thirteen immigrants detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at two California facilities — including a Northern California jail — filed a lawsuit in federal district court Tuesday demanding to be released because they say their health conditions make them vulnerable to dying if they get infected with the coronavirus. The detainees are ‘confined in crowded and unsanitary conditions where social distancing is not possible’ at Yuba County Jail in Marysville and Mesa Verde Detention Center in Bakersfield (Kern County), the ACLU said Tuesday.”

Proposed Ballot Measures Aim to Stop Oregon Lawmakers From Walking Out (Reader Steve)

From the Oregonian: “Oregon labor unions are backing two ballot measures aimed at preventing legislators from skipping town to avoid votes. The proposals come three weeks after the state’s legislative session came to an early close amid a walkout by Republican lawmakers.”

Scientists Make Breakthrough Toward Mapping All Cells in the Human Body (Chris)

The author writes, “The Human Cell Atlas is an international initiative to map all of the body’s 30-trillion-plus cells, their types, and how they relate to one another. Researchers hope that this atlas will prove to be a useful resource for curing and preventing diseases. In a new study, published today in Nature, a team led by Guoji Guo at the Zhejiang University School of Medicine in Hangzhou, China determined the types of cells that comprise all of the major human organs, creating what could be the most comprehensive cell-type atlas yet.”

5,000-Year-Old Sword Discovered in Italy (Russ)

The author writes, “During a guided tour of the [Saint Lazarus] monastery’s museum … something caught [archaeologist Vittoria] Dall’Armellina’s attention: a metal sword, about 17 inches long, resembling those she came across in her studies as a Bronze Age weaponry specialist. ‘I noticed it immediately,’ she told CNN. The sword was labeled as a medieval artifact, but Dall’Armellina had a hunch that the object was much older than that.”

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