New Online Tracking Is Virtually Impossible To Block

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First documented in a forthcoming paper by researchers at Princeton University and KU Leuven University in Belgium, this type of tracking, called canvas fingerprinting, works by instructing the visitor’s Web browser to draw a hidden image. Because each computer draws the image slightly differently, the images can be used to assign each user’s device a number that uniquely identifies it. Like other tracking tools, canvas fingerprints are used to build profiles of users based on the websites they visit — profiles that shape which ads, news articles, or other types of content are displayed to them. But fingerprints are unusually hard to block: They can’t be prevented by using standard Web browser privacy settings or using anti-tracking tools such as AdBlock Plus.” w/ photos

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U.S Now Considers Homelessness A Crime

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It’s getting harder to be homeless in America. Laws that criminalize homelessness are cropping up in cities throughout the country, while simultaneously, a national shortage of shelter beds and housing options is roiling the system. Since 2001, the U.S. has lost nearly 13 percent of its low-income housing according to a report by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty that surveyed 187 cities. The advocacy group’s report found that laws placing restrictions on loitering, begging, sitting and lying down in public have increased nationwide since 2009. Eighteen percent of cities now ban sleeping in public and 42 percent of cities ban sleeping in vehicles.” w/ photos

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Did Facebook Use You Like A Lab Rat?

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“In the span of seven days, researchers rejiggered the News Feeds of 689,000 users to surface either more positively or negatively worded stories to the top. The study found that users who saw the positive stories were more likely to write more positive words in their own posts, and users who saw negative ones were more likely to write negative words. According to the published paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study found that “emotional states can be transferred to others via emotional contagion” and that it can happen “without direct interaction between people.” It seems like a relatively innocuous study, right?” w/ photos

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The World Has 53.3 Years Of Oil Left

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BP (ticker BP ) has provided an intriguing update to its global oil reserves estimate in the company’s latest yearly review of energy statistics. BP raised its reserve estimate by 1.1% to 1,687.9 billion barrels, which is enough oil to last the world 53.3 years at the current production rates. However, there’s likely a lot more oil left in the tank beyond what BP sees today… The overall cause for that surge in oil reserves is that America’s shale oil plays — the Bakken, Eagle Ford and Permian Basin — are now being unlocked through horizontal drilling technology.” w/ photos

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Romania’s Tunnel Underworld

“Channel 4 News meets the people living underground in tunnels beneath Romania’s capital Bucharest, abandoned by society to a life of drug addiction and shocking conditions.”

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Billboard Made Of Real Dead Rabbits?

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A New Zealand pizza chain’s provocative billboard has some people hopping mad. The sign, which advertises Hell Pizza’s “new for Easter” rabbit pizza, is covered in bunny pelts. “Made from real rabbit. Like this billboard,” it reads. Critics were quick to express their anger and disappointment with the ad after Hell Pizza posted a picture of it on Facebook. “This is sick. Do what you want in your shop, sell whatever, that’s your business… but to put this up on a billboard at Easter when a whole lot of children are so excited about the Easter BUNNY coming to visit, that’s just messed up on a whole other level,’ a commenter wrote.” w/ photos

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Why Cars Will Kill 30,000 Americans This Year

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“There’s an open secret in America: If you want to kill someone, do it with a car. As long as you’re sober, chances are you’ll never be charged with any crime, much less manslaughter. Over the past hundred years, as automobiles have been woven into the fabric of our daily lives, our legal system has undermined public safety, and we’ve been collectively trained to think of these deaths as unavoidable ‘accidents’ or acts of God. Today, despite the efforts of major public-health agencies and grassroots safety campaigns, few are aware that car crashes are the number one cause of death for Americans under 35. But it wasn’t always this way.” w/ photos

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