Google Says It Will No Longer Read Users' Emails To Sell Targeted Ads

Google will no longer scan emails in Gmail accounts in order sell targeted advertising, the company said Friday. The company will make the change later this year, bringing Gmail in line with its G Suite products for business users. "This decision brings Gmail ads in line with how we personalize ads for other Google products," Diane Greene, senior vice president of Google Cloud, wrote in a blog post . "Ads shown are based on users' settings. Users can change those settings at any time,...

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TSA Catches Live Lobster At Boston's Logan Airport

Transportation Security Administration agents at Logan Airport's Terminal C in Boston snapped to attention Sunday, when they came across a live 20-pound lobster lurking in a cooler among the checked luggage. "The lobster was screened and allowed to continue on its way," TSA spokesman Michael McCarthy tells NPR in an email. He tweeted about it Monday saying, "@TSA officers are skilled at screening all sorts of items in checked baggage...including this 20+ pound lobster at @BostonLogan."...

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Turn on the TV, and you'll find no shortage of people who claim to know what's going to happen: who's going to get picked for the NBA draft, who will win the next election, which stocks will go up or down.

These pundits and prognosticators all have an air of certainty. And why shouldn't they? We, as the audience, like to hear the world's complexity distilled into simple, pithy accounts. It doesn't help that these commentators rarely pay a serious price when their predictions don't pan out.

Loon feeding chicks
Nina Schoch

Researchers keeping track of loon populations in the Adirondacks are looking for help from volunteers.

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NYS Assemblyman Condemns Attack Ads

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A New York state assemblyman from the Hudson Valley is denouncing what he says are false and anonymous social media and robocall ad attacks against him. The Democrat from Orange County says the ads cross a line and he is taking action.

The first book of the Harry Potter series went on sale in the U.K. 20 years ago today. It offers a convenient excuse to reacquaint yourself with a world before anyone on this side of the Atlantic had heard of muggles, horcruxes or pensieves, before tourists would crowd into London's Kings Cross railway station simply to peer wistfully at the space between Platforms Nine and Ten.

Here's the first story NPR ever aired about Harry Potter — a wonderful piece by the late Margot Adler, from All Things Considered in 1998.

Some gems, from that bygone era:

Transportation Security Administration agents at Logan Airport's Terminal C in Boston snapped to attention Sunday, when they came across a live 20-pound lobster lurking in a cooler among the checked luggage.

"The lobster was screened and allowed to continue on its way," TSA spokesman Michael McCarthy tells NPR in an email.

He tweeted about it Monday saying, "@TSA officers are skilled at screening all sorts of items in checked baggage...including this 20+ pound lobster at @BostonLogan."

Google will no longer scan emails in Gmail accounts in order sell targeted advertising, the company said Friday.

Vermont Public Service Board members from left: Margaret Cheney, Chair Anthony Roisman, Sarah Hofmann
Vermont Public Service Board

The Vermont Public Service Board is changing its name to the Vermont Public Utility Commission.

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