All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Cookies’

New Girl Scout Cookies Are Coming to Surely Wreck Your Resolutions

Oh, it’s not like you were really going to stop eating sweets forever. Here in time to bust your diets, the Girl Scouts organization has just announced that this year’s cookie season will include three new varieties – two of which or gluten-free. The first new cookie is called Toffee-tastic and, as advertised, will feature “crunchy golden toffee bits” inside …

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Vagina Cookies: Second Grade Class Gets A Surprise

Everyone loves a cookie, but how about cookies shaped like vaginas? Seems a little strange right? One second grade class got a snack and an anatomy lesson all in one when a student’s mother baked and brought in vagina shaped cookies. The vagina cookies story has gone viral, but did it really happen or is it just a hoax? According …

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Vagina Cookies: Feminism Gone Wrong?

Vagina-shaped cookies may seem like a great idea if you are an opinionated mother with a self-serving agenda. One woman thought a request to bake cookies for her child’s class represented the PERFECT opportunity to teach second graders that vaginas are beautiful and that a woman’s sexuality is wonderful. Did she discuss this with the teacher beforehand? No. Did she …

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Cookie Dough Oreos Will Be Your New Favorite Treat

It was only a few months ago when researchers were trying to prove that Oreos weren’t addictive – but that was before we knew about cookie dough Oreos. The famous cookie brand announced two new flavors hitting the shelves on February 3rd: cookie dough and marshmallow crispy. The cookie dough option will look like a traditional Oreo, with two chocolate …

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Christmas Cookie Recipes That Will Please Everyone

Making Christmas cookies is a tradition for many families. Some families make them to deliver to friends, family and neighbors, some make them to take to holiday gatherings and dinner parties, some make them to leave out for Santa and some just make them for the fun of it. Regardless of why you make them, the truth is that nothing …

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Google Pays $17 Million To States Over ‘Safari-Gate’

Last year, Google was handed the largest fine for a single company in FTC history when it was penalized to the tune of $22.5 million in relation to the tracking of Safari users. Critics felt the fine didn’t go far enough, but a federal judge disagreed last November, ruling that the settlement was “fair, adequate and reasonable.” Google had been …

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Kroger Cookie Dough Recalled Due to Mispackage

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this week that ConAgra Foods is recalling some Kroger-branded “Break ‘N Bake” chocolate chip cookie dough packages. Unlike other, more serious recalls of foods over possible contamination, the Kroger cookie dough recall is relatively benign. The cookie dough is being recalled over mispackaging concerns. Certain lots of the product, instead of containing …

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Pinterest Now Tracks You Automatically, Lets You Opt Out

In an effort to make you “feel like Pinterest is really yours,” the social network is beginning to implement a new personalization feature that tracks your movements across the web and recommends certain pins based on the websites you visit. “If you’re interested, we’ll…suggest personalized pins and boards based on websites you go to that have the Pin It button. …

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Advertisers’ Proposal Gets Rejected In Latest Do Not Track Negotiations

Earlier this year, the Do Not Track debate ran into a snag as the advertising groups and privacy proponents couldn’t even agree to disagree on a Do Not Track standard. This led to fears that the talks may just fall apart, but both groups were finally able to issue their own Do Not Track recommendations. Unsurprisingly, privacy proponents didn’t like …

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Twitter Starts ‘Experimenting’ with Cookie & Email-Based Ad Targeting

Twitter is beginning to “experiment” with what they call “tailored ads,” which should look familiar to you and me as email-based and cookie-based retargeting. Before we get into what Twitter’s actually doing here, let’s get two important things out of the way: First off, these tailored ads are only going to be shown to users in the U.S. Twitter didn’t …

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Advertisers Still Hate Mozilla’s Tracking Policy

For a while there, it looked like the online advertising industry was going to catch a breather as Mozilla worked on a new cookie policy. Its vacation was cut short, however, as Mozilla recently announced its partnership with Stanford on what its calls a “Cookie Clearinghouse.” The Cookie Clearinghouse is software that’s designed similarly to adblocker software. In short, it …

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Mozilla Might Have Just Solved Its Cookie Problem

Mozilla enraged advertisers earlier this year when it said it would block all third-party cookies in its popular Firefox browser. Those same advertisers breathed a collective sigh of relief when Mozilla put those plans on hold to fix a problem in its anti-cookie patch. Now Mozilla is back on the warpath again after finding a potential solution. Mozilla’s Brendan Eich …

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Watermelon Oreos to be Offered For a Limited Time

A new flavor of Oreo cookies is coming for summer, and it might not be what you expect. The cookie brand is now selling a limited edition run of Watermelon-flavored Oreos. The cookies have Golden Oreo cookies on the outside and a pink-and-green cream center. According to a review by the Junk Food Guy food blog, the cookies do not …

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Mozilla Has Decided Not To Block Cookies In Firefox Just Yet

Online advertisers have been nervous the past few weeks as Mozilla moved forward with its plans to block third-party cookies by default in its Firefox browser. Some advertiser groups have even claimed that Mozilla’s policy will “undermine American small businesses.” It seems that Mozilla listened as it has decided to postpone the implementation of its policy. In a blog post …

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Mozilla’s Cookie Policy Writer Slams Advertisers, Says They Refuse To Negotiate

It was revealed in March that Mozilla would start to disable third-party cookies by default in its Firefox browser. The non-profit says it’s only doing it to protect consumer privacy, but advertisers have hit back hard saying the policy will only hurt small businesses. Does the man behind Mozilla’s anti-cookie policy care though? Nope. In an interview with AdExchanger, Jonathan …

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Facebook Brings Real-Time, Cookie-Based FBX Ads to Your News Feed

Facebook is bringing its relatively new Exchange ads to your desktop news feed in an alpha test that will expand the scope of the re-targeted ads that Facebook launched out of beta last September. Facebook Exchange, or FBX, lets advertisers target ads to users with a cookie-based real-time bidding platform. Before today, those ads only appeared on the right-hand side …

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Mozilla Under Attack By Ad Industry For Planning To Block Cookies By Default In Firefox

Over the past few years, Mozilla has emerged as a company dedicated to the privacy of its users. It’s going to take that to the next level with Firefox 22 as the browser will start blocking cookies by default. The ad industry isn’t particularly happy about it. The Interactive Advertising Bureau sent out a press release this week claiming that …

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HTML 5 Tracking Spreading, Says Berkeley Web Privacy Census

The University of California at Berkeley Law School today released its quarterly census of web trackers, and the results point to a rise in sites’ use of local HTML5 storage. The report, titled The Web Privacy Census, was authored by Nathan Good and Chris Jay Hoofnagle. HTML5 local storage, according to the report, allows developers more flexibility and much more …

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Facebook Exchange Will Bring Targeted, Real-Time Ads For That Car You Almost Bought

Facebook is about to launch a new advertising program called Facebook Exchange, which could not only be a massively profitable venture for the company, but according to them, could improve the relevancy of the ads that you and I see on a daily basis. The premise of Facebook Exchange is pretty simple: When you visit a site (other than Facebook) …

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European Union Caught With Its Hand In The Cookie Jar

Don’t you just hate cookies? Not the delicious sweets, but the kind that follow you around on the Web tracking your behavior. It seems that the European Union hates them too hence why the “Cookie Law” went into effect this week. The law requires any Web site targeting citizens in EU nation-states to ask for permission before installing cookies. From …

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Google May Face $10 Million Fine Over Safari Cookie Hack

It’s been out of the news for awhile now, but you may remember that back in February Google got caught with their hand in the cookie jar, so to speak, regarding the privacy settings in Apple’s Safari browser. Google designed a workaround that allowed third-party tracking cookies to be installed on users’ devices – both iOS devices and computers – …

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Girl Scouts Celebrate 100 Year Anniversary

Before I begin this article, let me personally state my congratulations to the Girl Scouts organization, who is responsible for what I consider to be one of the greatest foods this green Earth has ever seen – the Thin Mint. I could dedicate an entire to that fabulous cookie, however, there are more important things to discuss… When Juliette Gordon …

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Facebook Tracking Logged Out Users? Re-enables Cookie in Question.

Last month, we reported on Facebook’s use of tracking cookies that allow the company to track users’ web activity even when they’re logged out of Facebook, though Facebook maintains they’re not used for tracking purposes. The issue was brought up by Australian hacker/writer Nik Cubrilovic, who did some testing with the cookies, and found that logging out doesn’t keep Facebook …

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Is Facebook Tracking Everywhere You Go Online?

Is it possible that Facebook is tracking your web browsing activity, even when you are logged out? According to Australian hacker and writer Nik Cubrilovic, Facebook could know that you are reading this article, simply because we, like most sites nowadays, have a Facebook share button. Cubrilovic ran a little test involving cookies and found that logging out of Facebook …

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