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trump campaign, gop groups attack google’s new ad policy

President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign and other Republican election groups criticized tech giant Google on Tuesday for making it harder for political advertisers to target specific types of people. The GOP groups said the changes will lead directly to suppressing voter turnout and would “disproportionately” hurt Republican candidates. Google has said that, beginning in January in the United States, advertisers will only be able to target political ads based on broad categories such as sex, age and postal code. Currently, ads can be tailored to more specific groups, such as political affiliation. But the Trump campaign and Republican groups said Trump has built the greatest digital operation in politics, so Google’s decision will “disproportionately impact both the Trump operation and all of the Republican candidates and organizations that derive strength from it.” “Google should…

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gift-wrapping this season trends jazzy but sustainable

The trend in gift wrapping this holiday season is toward jazzy yet sustainable options. Consider beautifully folded fabrics or understated, brown or green masking paper topped with colorful washi tape or sprigs of green instead of easily crushed store-bought bows. “There’s a lot of fun stuff going on in gift wrap these days,” says Amy Panos, home editor at Better Homes and Gardens. “People still like paper, of course, but there’s a lot of interest in wrapping gifts in fabric,” she says. There’s the Japanese technique of furoshiki, in which the wrapping cloth becomes part of the gift. ``Or you can use a scarf or pretty tea towel, then fold it like origami,” Panos says. Tenugui cloth, similar to furoshiki but rectangular instead of square, can also be used as an alternative to…

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nissan invests in production to prepare for electric age

Nissan is investing 33 billion yen ($303 million) in its flagship auto plant in Japan’s Tochigi prefecture in a first rollout of a production system geared toward electric vehicles. Nissan Motor Co. Executive Vice President Hideyuki Sakamoto said Thursday that manufacturing methods must change because vehicles increasingly have both hybrid and electric engines and new parts for connectivity and artificial intelligence services. Sakamoto said the production changes, set to be completed next year, use robotics and sensors to decrease physical stress on assembly-line workers. They are tailored for a workforce increasingly manned by senior workers and women. Among the innovations for Nissan’s so-called “intelligent factory” is a powertrain mounting system that allows at least 27 configurations to be installed in one procedure. The parts, including the battery for electric vehicles, are put together on…

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disturbing the peace? 5 hikes to avoid yosemite crowds

Dappled sunlight kisses the valley floor of Yosemite National Park. Granite monoliths, gushing waterfalls and giant sequoias abound. The wilderness is calling. But instead of hitting the trails in a place John Muir called “by far the grandest of all the special temples of nature”, you’re sitting in a traffic jam, vying for limited parking. More than 4 million visitors poured into Yosemite in 2018, and because its main attractions are concentrated along a 7-mile loop, it gets congested. Like, 5 p.m. in downtown Los Angeles congested. Parking can take hours. “In general, national parks everywhere, they become more and more popular every year, and a place like Yosemite, you can’t just show up unprepared”, says James Kaiser, author of “Yosemite: The Complete Guide, It feels like a huge disappointment visiting a place…

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angry china weighs options as trump backs hong kong bills

China’s fury over President Donald Trump’s decision to sign legislation supporting human rights in Hong Kong is evident. What’s less clear is what “countermeasures” Beijing may take in response to what it said Thursday were “extremely evil” and dangerous moves. Before signing the bills, Trump said he was concerned that trade talks with China might be disrupted. Analysts say the potential consequences could extend well beyond the current round of negotiations in the tariff war between the world’s two largest economies. The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 passed both houses of Congress nearly unanimously. It amends a law passed in 1992 to buttress the former British colony’s status as a semi-autonomous region after China took control in 1997. It’s that special status that has enabled Hong Kong residents to…

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group of french lawmakers wants to ban black friday sales

Some French lawmakers want to ban ‘Black Friday’, the post-Thanksgiving sales event that has morphed into a global phenomenon. A legislative committee passed an amendment last Monday that proposes prohibiting ‘Black Friday’ since it causes “resource waste” and “overconsumption.” The amendment, put forward by France’s former environment minister Delphine Batho, will be debated in the National Assembly next month. France’s e-commerce union has condemned it. Separately, the ecological transition minister, Elisabeth Borne, criticized Thursday the commercial event on Europe 1 radio for creating “traffic jams, pollution, and gas emissions.” She added that she would support Black Friday if it helped small French businesses, but said it mostly benefits large online retailers. French climate activists made a “Block Friday” demonstration Friday…