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Cookie Monster

Communications of the ACM

European privacy laws requiring opt-in informed consent for the use of tracking cookies on websites gave rise to the now-ubiquitous cookie consent banner. Subsequently, less stringent laws in the U.S. and elsewhere have led to websites that set cookies from the get-go but display cookie banners that offer opt-outs. The Web is now littered with inscrutable cookie banners that do not seem to provide any functionality, do not deliver on claimed opt-outs,6 use dark patterns to nudge users to consent to all cookies,1 or leave users puzzled. Users respond to these misguided compliance efforts by clicking whatever seems most expedient to get obtrusive cookie banners out of the way, providing consent that is anything but informed. We have been studying cookie consent banners in my lab at Carnegie Mellon University to gain insights into how banner design impacts user comprehension and what cookies they accept. In one study, we created a retail website and recruited participants to test it out.

Best Holiday Cookies 2016: 10 Recipes To Make For A Christmas Party

International Business Times

Around the holidays, cookie parties are a very real event. This is the time where people lace up the aprons and set to work to attempt to bake the season's best cookies. Whether you're reviving your grandmother's secret recipe or whipping up a batch of gourmet cookies (bacon cookies, anyone?) showing up with cookies that are unlike the rest is a vital part of this tradition. Make sure you're prepared for any upcoming holiday cookie parties and read up on these killer cookie recipes. Five recipes are takes on time-honored recipes while another five feature completely unique and one-of-a-kind treats.

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Girl Scout Cookie season is here: What can you expect this year?

FOX News

Girl Scout Cookie season has officially started. The national youth organization is selling a variety of cookies that'll help fund troop activities, community service projects and camp initiatives. Girl Scouts of the USA announced that fan favorites like Thin Mints and Caramel deLites (AKA Samoas) will be on sale for the 2022 season along with the organization's newly released Adventureful cookies, which are a "brownie-inspired cookie with caramel-flavored crème and a hint of sea salt." Other cookies varieties listed on the Girl Scout Cookie website include Caramel Chocolate Chip, Do-si-dos (AKA Peanut Butter Sandwich), Girl Scout S'mores, Lemonades, Lemon-Ups, Peanut Butter Patties (AKA Tagalongs), Shortbread (AKA Trefoils), Toast-Yea! Depending on the troop you buy cookies from, the name and recipe might differ depending on the supplier used.

Break the mold and get a cookie fidget spinner instead


You know what they say: this fidget spinner craze isn't over yet until the cookie crumbles. Clearly Cookies, a Dallas based custom cookie company, has created a cookie fidget spinner. It looks exactly like the original toy and it even spins. SEE ALSO: Fidget spinner nail art is a thing now so there's no where left to hide "The idea for the fidget spinner cookie came from the guy I am dating," said Jessica Grose, the woman behind Clearly Cookies. "He has been asking me to make one for a couple weeks now.