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Minimalism to the extreme: Olympic athletes will sleep on cardboard beds

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The beds in Tokyo’s Athletes Village will be made of recyclable cardboard, which is good for the environment. But what about athletes’ backs?

If there’s one thing an athlete needs before competing for a medal at the Olympic Games, it’s a good night’s rest. This year, competitors catching some shut-eye at the Athletes Village complex during the Tokyo 2020 Games will be participating in a first: cardboard beds.

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Facebook will now let brands choose exactly where their ads will show

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Facebook will now let brands choose exactly where their ads will show

Facebook made a move to calm advertiser fears as the company continues to deal with the fallout from its political ad policies.

On Wednesday, Facebook announced an array of new test features specifically aimed at protecting brands on the social network. These tools were created to help companies wield more control over where their ads run.

Most important are publisher whitelists. Advertisers will now be able to tell Facebook exactly what sites, videos, and apps it feels comfortable running ads on.

Facebook previously allowed advertisers to create block lists, letting the social media giant know which content it does not want to run ads on. However, it’s nearly impossible to list every video and app an advertiser wouldn’t want to associate with. This makes things simpler for advertisers, and lets them be more proactive. The whitelist covers Facebook advertising on third-party apps and in-video ads. The company also announced a whitelist for content-specific videos as well. Read more…

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Google's Nest learning thermostat will lower your energy bill and it's on sale for Black Friday

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Google's Nest learning thermostat will lower your energy bill and it's on sale for Black Friday

TL;DR: The eco-friendly Google Nest learning thermostat is $70 off at Walmart and Amazon, dropping the price to $179.


The Google Nest learning thermostat is one of our favorite deals that Amazon dropped for Black Friday. It’s super eco-friendly and will help you cut down on your heat bill — plus, it’s pretty simple to install.

Yeah, you’ll be cutting down on energy bills, but you can also save right now because the Nest learning thermostat is on sale for $179 at both Walmart and Amazon, saving you $70 for Black Friday. (Note: Amazon doesn’t have the original list price, but it’s listed as $249 on both Walmart’s site and Google’s.) Read more…

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YouTube Kids will finally get its own website this week

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Four years after launching on iOS and Android, YouTube Kids is getting a web version.

Although Google has always insisted that the regular version of YouTube is not for children, it’s never offered a web version of the separate YouTube Kids app, which restricts content based on age and disables certain features such as commenting. That’s going to change this week, as Google has quietly revealed plans for a YouTube Kids website. YouTube is also tweaking the age groups for the Kids app, with different content for “Preschool” (ages 4 and under), “Younger” (for ages 5 to 7), and “Older” (for ages 8 to 12) kids. Previously, YouTube Kids had only two screening levels: 8 and under, and 9 to 12.

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