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US agency looks to open rare lizard’s habitat to oil and gas

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Federal wildlife managers are considering offering permits to landowners in the Permian Basin that environmentalists say could further compromise habitat for a rare lizard found only in parts of southeastern New Mexico and West Texas.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be accepting comments on the proposal through Dec. 21.

The permits would be available to landowners who are participating in candidate conservation agreements with the federal government. The permits would cover situations when dunes sagebrush lizards are harmed or killed during oil and gas operations, sand mining, renewable energy development, agriculture or construction activities.

A candidate for federal protection for nearly two decades, the lizard has yet to be added to the list of threatened and endangered species.

It dwells in sand dunes and among shinnery oak. It’s active between April and October.


Federal biologists have said the primary threat to the lizard is

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Ad agency founders claim Dentsu owes them millions

  • The founders of Character, a branding and design agency that sold to Dentsu International in 2018, allege in an arbitration claim that the advertising company may owe them as much as $82.4 million.
  • The Silicon Valley agency had major clients including Instagram, Google, and DoorDash, and Dentsu positioned its acquisition as key to expanding its consulting practice.
  • Character’s founders allege that Dentsu violated the terms of its contract, depriving them of all earnouts beyond the initial $17.6 million upfront purchase.
  • A Dentsu spokeswoman declined to comment, saying the arbitration is confidential. Character and its law firm did not respond to requests for comment.
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The founders of a Silicon Valley design and branding agency acquired by Dentsu International in 2018 allege in an arbitration filing that the advertising company may owe them up to $82.4 million.

Character was founded in 1999 and had Nike,

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French Data Protection Agency Fines Amazon, Google Over Advertising Cookies

(RTTNews) – French administrative regulatory body Commission Nationale Informatique & Libertés or CNIL has fined technology majors Amazon and Google for placing advertising cookies on users’ computers, without prior consent and without providing adequate information.

Amazon Europe Core, affiliated to Amazon Inc., is fined 35 million euros for placing advertising cookies from the page amazon.fr. Further, Google LLC has to pay 60 million euros and Google Ireland Ltd. 40 million euros for placing cookies on the computers of users of the search engine google.fr.

Both Amazon and Google are also ordered to adequately inform individuals within three months after the notification of the decision. Otherwise, the companies must pay a penalty payment of 100, 000 euros for each day of delay.

The CNIL’s restricted committee, which is responsible for imposing sanctions, noticed two breaches of Article 82 of the French Data Protection Act by Amazon, and three breaches by Google.

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