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Some clues about why male Guinea baboons fondle each other’s genitals

Ars Technica - 1 hour 12 min ago

Enlarge / A baby Guinea baboon in its pre-diddling days goes for a ride. (credit: Michelle Bender / Flickr)

Male Guinea baboons have a curious habit. They will walk—or sometimes run—to another male baboon and say a quick hello in a very enthusiastic way: with a “mutual penis diddle”. Or sometimes it’s a quick mount from behind. Other times, they do a short dance-like “polonaise,” facing the same way, on their hind legs, hand on the other’s hip, and a few steps forward.

Clearly, this behavior needs an explanation. In some ways, it’s not all that much of a mystery: ritual greeting is actually fairly widespread among many primate species and takes many colorful forms. It's a behavior that's “common among males living in multi-male groups,” write the authors of a new paper exploring Guinea baboons’ greeting behavior.

So it’s no surprise that the Guinea baboons greet each other. But the intimacy of their behavior stands out. Unlike other species, where ritual greetings serve to cool down a tense or aggressive moment, for Guinea baboons, it seems to be more about keeping their social bonds strong.

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Facebook's Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and MoviePass top this year's list of Tech Turkeys - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 12 min ago
The tech industry has had so many screwups this year, it's hard to keep track. But with CNET's 2018 edition of Tech Turkeys, we're gonna try.

Black Friday 2018 Galaxy deals: Free Galaxy S9, $600 Note 9, $300 gift card - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 12 min ago
Some of these deals from Amazon, Target and your carrier are already on.

Mazda, Toyota break ground on new Alabama joint-venture plant - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 12 min ago
The plant will build the 2020 Corolla, as well as a yet-unannounced Mazda SUV.

Tech Turkeys 2018: The biggest screwups in tech this year - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 12 min ago
Tech's major players made even more big blunders, marking one of the industry's worst years ever.

T-Mobile Black Friday deals are live: Free iPhones, LG and Samsung Galaxy phones - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 12 min ago
The catch? You'll have to open up a new line and trade in an eligible device.

Black Friday 2018 Pixel 3 deals: Free Pixel 3, $600 Pixel 3, $800 off Pixel 3 XL - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 42 min ago
The latest from Verizon, Google and Best Buy.

Black Friday 2018 iPhone deals: iPhone XR and XS for $150 off, free $400 iPhone X gift card - CNET

cNET.com - News - 3 hours 12 min ago
Some of the best iPhone discounts from Verizon, T-Mobile, Best Buy, Target and Walmart have already begun.

Black Friday 2018 smartwatch and fitness tracker deals: $80 off Apple Watch, $70 off Galaxy Watch, $50 off Fitbit Versa - CNET

cNET.com - News - 3 hours 42 min ago
Fitbit, Apple Watch and Samsung -- we take a look at some of the best deals on wearables ahead of Black Friday.

Best dating apps of 2018 - CNET

cNET.com - News - 4 hours 12 min ago
Ready to jump into the world of online dating apps? Here's the best place to start.

RIP Bill Godbout: Cali wildfire claims the life of master maverick of microcomputers

The Register - 4 hours 43 min ago
Silicon Valley legend dies in firestorm that has killed scores while more than 1,000 are missing

Obituary Bill Godbout, a maverick techie who played a pivotal role in getting computers into the hands of the masses, was killed this week in California's wildfires. He was aged 79.…

20 years ago, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace's trailer made web history - CNET

cNET.com - News - 5 hours 1 min ago
The 1998 teaser for the return of Star Wars wasn't just a treat for fans: it was a coup for Apple and one of the biggest tests the internet had faced.

Dealmaster: The Black Friday 2018 tech deals that might actually be worth buying

Ars Technica - 8 hours 26 min ago

Enlarge / A bundle with Sony's PS4 Slim and Marvel's Spider-Man for $200 looks like one of the better deals this Black Friday. (credit: Mark Walton)

Black Friday is less than a week away, and we’re starting to get a good sense of what deals the tech world plans to offer up.

If you’re at all familiar with how days like this go, it should come as no surprise that most of the “deals” advertised for Black Friday aren't really discounts at all. While it’s true that Black Friday and Cyber Monday bring more legitimately good tech deals than any other period of the year, they're also a time for retailers to pounce on the gift-needy public. Lots of less-than-stellar gadgets will be offered at prices that aren’t much lower than they are the rest of the year. (As always, price history sites like CamelCamelCamel are an invaluable resource if you’re on the fence about a deal.)

So to help you separate the wheat from the chaff, we’ve spent the past couple of weeks emailing device makers about their upcoming offers and digging through ad scans the major retailers have pushed out ahead of Friday's sales event. Below is a quick rundown of gadget and gaming deals that may be worth your attention—and what to expect from the bigger tech brands and product categories later this week.

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Black Friday ads 2018: The full ads from Best Buy, Walmart, Target and more - CNET

cNET.com - News - 13 hours 26 min ago
Want the unedited, full deal posts from the biggest retailers? Here they are -- along with when each sale starts.

Newegg Black Friday 2018 deals: Acer Aspire 5 for $500, Nvidia Shield for $140 - CNET

cNET.com - News - 14 hours 39 min ago
From motherboards to scarves for your mother, Newegg brings it for 2018.

Artifact beta: Learn how to play Valve’s first card game… and how to pay

Ars Technica - 15 hours 13 min ago

Enlarge / It's a beta! A beta that will take your money. (credit: Valve Software)

Valve's next video game, a card-battling computer game called Artifact, will be a tricky one to review for a few reasons. For one, it inevitably comes with the baggage of being "Valve's next video game." Whatever Artifact is, it isn't one of the company's innovative first-person shooters.

But the bigger issue, for a review's sake, applies to any modern card game: cards, cards, cards. The genre's fun and strategy depends on hundreds of these things. Exactly how many are there? How do they interact with each other? And how do players get their hands on more of them?

We can start answering those questions with the Artifact beta, into which Valve sneaked us ahead of the closed-beta period (that period is supposed to start on Monday the 19th for anyone who claimed a beta key at various expos like PAX West). With only one day of play under our belts, we cannot come close to "reviewing" what's on offer thus far.

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Facebook ex-security boss Alex Stamos: Firm blew it, but so did others - CNET

cNET.com - News - 15 hours 14 min ago
US spy agencies "failed to provide actionable intelligence" on Russian trolls, and "grandstanding" lawmakers also dropped the ball, Stamos says in a Washington Post op-ed.

Black Friday 2018 Office Depot deals: HP laptop for $450, Chromebook for $130 - CNET

cNET.com - News - 15 hours 33 min ago
This HP laptop (with a Core i7 CPU and 1TB hard drive) is one of the best computer deals we've seen.

Best Black Friday 2018 deals at Staples: $60 Fire TV Cube, $99 Google Home Hub and more - CNET

cNET.com - News - 16 hours 11 min ago
Everything from cheap laptops and tablets to the new Google Home Hub.

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