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This is the potato chip grabber

This little faux-gloved hand will pinch chips for you, so your own hands won’t get greasy. You don’t need it, no one does, but if you have to know, this poorly-reviewed product is available for $4.24 on Amazon. From its description: *NO Grease any more!Just the Way I Like:In common sense,many people like eating snacks like potato crisps while ussing […]

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China will collect the DNA of every adult in Xinjiang province, where Uyghur people are systematically oppressed

Xinjiang province is the site of intense surveillance and oppression, even by Chinese standards; it’s home to the largely Muslim Uyghur minority, and a combination of racism and Islamaphobia drive a uniquely intrusive grade of policing and surveillance. (more…) from Boing Boing https://boingboing.net/2017/12/18/what-could-go-wrong-3.html

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Female adolescent macaques practice sex by mounting male deer

Visitors to the Minoo reserve in Japan’s Osaka prefecture have long observed female adolescent macaques mounting and humping adult male deer; in a fascinating paper (Sci-Hub open access link) in Archives of Sexual Behavior, three psychology researchers from the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, conduct a careful study of these behaviors (“the first quantitative study of heterospecific sexual behavior […]

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Apple let a fake $5 Cuphead game into the App Store

A version of run-and-gun game Cuphead unexpectedly showed up on iOS — but it’s a scam. TouchArcade reported that an iOS version had been published today, linking to what seems like a legitimate App Store app. It’s got real game screenshots, and it lists the seller as Cuphead developer StudioMDHR. But the support page links to “studiomdhrgames.com,” instead of StudioMDHR’s […]

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Twitter starts enforcing new policies on violence, abuse, and hateful conduct

Twitter says it will now begin enforcing the new rules it announced last month to combat abuse and hateful conduct, including threats of violence and physical harm. The new rules expand policies to abusive or threatening content in usernames and profiles, and to accounts affiliated with hate groups both on and off platform. Twitter has struggled with violent, offensive, or […]

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Facebook will soon demote posts that beg for likes, comments, and shares

Starting this week, Facebook will begin demoting spammy or “engagement bait” posts that goad users into taking actions like sharing, tagging, liking, or commenting. Posts which prompt users to “Tag a friend who likes to nap!” seem popular because they game Facebook’s algorithms, which causes Facebook to prioritize those posts in more News Feeds. The company says posts that ask […]