Google, online privacy, ad sales, browsing history
The authors write, “Google plans to stop selling ads based on individuals’ browsing across multiple websites, a change that could hasten upheaval in the digital advertising industry. The Alphabet Inc. company said Wednesday that it plans next year to stop using or investing in tracking technologies that uniquely identify web users as they move from site to site across the internet.” Photo credit: Isriya Paireepairit / Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

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Litigation Tracker: Pending Criminal and Civil Cases Against Donald Trump (DonkeyHotey)

From Just Security: “On both the criminal and civil litigation fronts, former President Donald Trump faces a bevy of lawsuits and investigations, with more cases likely to follow. Some are civil suits stemming from his pre-presidential business dealings. Others are defamation claims from women he allegedly assaulted. More still are criminal probes and civil actions that scrutinize his attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election. [This chart] tracks all these cases. It will be continually updated as major legal developments occur.”

The Making of Madison Cawthorn: How Falsehoods Helped Propel the Career of a New Pro-Trump Star of the Far Right (Dan)

The author writes, “Madison Cawthorn was a 21-year-old freshman at a conservative Christian college when he spoke at chapel, testifying about his relationship with God. He talked emotionally about the day a car accident left him partially paralyzed and reliant on a wheelchair. Cawthorn said a close friend had crashed the car in which he was a passenger and fled the scene, leaving him to die ‘in a fiery tomb.’ Cawthorn was ‘declared dead,’ he said in the 2017 speech at Patrick Henry College. He said he told doctors that he expected to recover and that he would ‘be at the Naval Academy by Christmas.’ Key parts of Cawthorn’s talk, however, were not true.”

Senior Nike Executive Resigns After Story About Her Teen Son, the Sneaker Flipper (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “A top Nike vice president quit Monday amid swirling questions over her family’s role in the turbulent sneaker-reselling markets. Ann Hebert resigned as the head of Nike’s North American business just days after the company had defended her and asserted she had not violated any company policy. Bloomberg Businessweek magazine reported Feb. 25 about her 19-year-old son, Joe Hebert, and his fast-growing sneaker company. The article is packed with anecdotes about Joe Hebert’s exploits in the secondary sneaker market. His company, West Coast Streetwear, has figured out how to use technology and chutzpah to buy hot sneakers in bulk before the rest of the market. They routinely then resell the shoes at handsome profit margins.”

The City Where Cars Are Not Welcome (Russ)

The author writes, “Eckart Würzner, a mayor on a mission to make his city emission free, is not terribly impressed by promises from General Motors, Ford and other big automakers to swear off fossil fuels. Not that Mr. Würzner, the mayor of Heidelberg, is against electric cars. The postcard-perfect city, in southern Germany, gives residents who buy a battery-powered vehicle a bonus of up to 1,000 euros, or $1,200. They get another €1,000 if they install a charging station. But electric cars are low on the list of tools that Mr. Würzner is using to try to cut Heidelberg’s impact on the climate, an effort that has given the city, home to Germany’s oldest university and an 800-year-old castle ruin, a reputation as a pioneer in environmentally conscious urban planning.”

Glow-in-the-Dark Sharks Found in New Zealand Waters (Dana)

From Radio New Zealand: “Belgian scientists were able to document three species of luminous deepwater shark while on a research expedition to the Chatham Rise area of ocean floor, east of the mainland. Marine biologist Dr Jérôme Mallefet, of UCLouvain university in Belgium, said scientists knew the sharks would be able to produce blue light but it had not been documented.”


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