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Michel Bertrand
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Is anyone experiencing problems with sub-domains referring traffic to each other, even though Automatic Cookie Domain Configuration is properly set up?

I'm experiencing this on one of my web properties since around the 8-9 of May.

One domain is named with the format:
The other domain is named with format:
So everything is going to the same tLD.

GA Universal tag is injected through GTM, using cookie domain "auto".

I'm trying different things locally on my machine, and even using the standard analytics.js code, I'm experiencing the same issue.

Anyone else? Is Google having issues on the back-end, or did something change in the way sub-domain tracking works?
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I think I may have answered my own question:
It looks like if you use the original ga.js code and have your tLD in the _setDomainName, subdomain tracking works properly.

However, if you use analytics.js by itself, or through GTM, and use "auto" for the cookie domain, you have to put the tLD in the Referral Exclusion List, even though the _ga cookie is properly set identically across sub-domains, and tracking should not (you would think) consider the sub-domains as referrers  (especially since I could not find anything in the GA doc that says you have to do this).

I had initially put the tLD in the list for a completely different reason (for cross-domain tracking from ccTLDs to the .com and back), and probably removed it when I was testing another solution a couple of weeks ago... but since History Change doesn't show any of these changes, I can't be sure. 

It's always live and learn with GA/GTM: documentation wise, it's quite poor. Granted it's improved a lot since the early days, but it still has quite a way to go.
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I'm getting this message on my Nexus 4 in the notification area:
"Unable to start Dial device"... and my macro that starts my Sonos when connecting to WiFi doesn't work anymore. Anything I can do to fix this?
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Will do. Thanks Claus.
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Loved that last description... :)
Good morning! An ejected underwear moment from discussions with Conan last night. Astronaut Chris Hadfield Ejected Dirty Underwear Into Space.

PS - Conan is tall in person!
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"The choices we make reveal the true nature of our character."

A beer ad with meaning? That's different.
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Ready to go at I/O extended :-) 
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Did you go yet?
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Having problems using macronos with Google Play Music.
This used to work.

Refreshed my phone and re-installed macronos recently, and now when I try to play music from Google Play, it says in the notification shade "DEVICE_NOT_AUTHORIZED", while at the same time, on the Sonos windows controller is displayed in a popup: "Unable to play 'xyz song' - the track is not encoded properly".

When I configured my Google Play account in the macronos settings, it didn't popup any permission window - not sure if that's because it was previously authorized.

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Thanks. Also worked for me. Much appreciated. :)
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When brilliant ideas translate into simple things.
Perhaps you’ve punched out a paper doll or folded an origami swan? TED Fellow Manu Prakash and his team have created a microscope made of paper that's just as easy to fold and use. A sparkling demo that shows how this invention could revolutionize healthcare in developing countries … and turn almost anything into a fun, hands-on science experiment.
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couldn't find a community for Google Tag Manager, so thought I would ask this here.

I'm trying to insert AdGear tags through Tag Manager. There is no template for this in TM yet, so I'm going with a Custom HTML Tag, but it doesn't seem to work.

The standard AdGear insert uses 2 javascripts, which must be executed synchronously, which is not supported by TM. 
The other way uses iframes, but I can't seem to make this work either.

Has anyone successfully done this? If so: HELP!   :)

(I have also posted this in the TM Forum with code samples:!category-topic/tag-manager/working-with-google-tag-manager/M1E3lVoQOKs)
Google Product Forums > Google Tag Manager >. Categories: Working with Google Tag Manager : How to insert AdGear tags with Tag Manager? Showing 1-1 of 1 messages. How to insert AdGear tags with Tag Manager? michelito, 9/18/13 2:51 PM, Hi all, I'm stuck. I'm trying to insert AdGear tags through ...
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I think my problem was 24/7: 7" over the desk and 24" behind the monitor...
Tag Manager now supports document.write, and I just combined the 2 scripts required in a single Tag and enabled that option.
Worked in testing. Hopefully the new rendering engine for custom HTML tags is stable.
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For those of you who live beautiful apps, this alarm clock looks great and synchronizes between your different devices; I'm trying it out right now...

I'm also interested to see if the viral approach they are using to get access to more features works well. Basically everyone gets a referral code, and every time this code gets used by a new user of the app, you get 2 points, and the new user also gets points (enough for a new theme). 20 points unlocks all premium features. Interesting approach.

This is my code: KFV8-RYZS-F0UQ
To unlock, you go to Settings, and at the bottom there's an option to enter the Referral Code. Just above is where you get your own code - under Share Application.

I've been using the doubleTwist alarm for months now (, so it will be interesting to see if this one gets me to switch with its psychedelic colours :)
Get Timely on Google Play and get a theme for free! Referral Code: KFV8RYZSF0UQ
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One of nature's predators at its best!
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Godspeed on the flight back home tonight Chris Hadfield.
Best music video ever :)
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