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Loot boxes aren’t gambling, says EA

Image copyright Getty Images A vice president of EA games has defended the company’s use of loot boxes, saying they’re just the same as Kinder Eggs. Kerry Hopkins was speaking in front of UK MPs this week about video game addiction. In 2018, computer scientists from York found a strong link between loot boxes and […]

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Fortnite makers grilled by MPs over game safety

Image copyright PARLIAMENT.TVImage caption Video game industry representatives faced tough questions from MPs The makers of Fortnite, one of the most popular video games ever, have been quizzed by MPs over what measures are taken to protect players of the game. Epic Games representatives were asked how it ensured users did not spend too much […]

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Microsoft deletes massive face recognition database

Image copyright South Wales PoliceImage caption South Wales Police is one of three UK police forces to use automatic facial recognition technology Microsoft has deleted a massive database of 10 million images which was being used to train facial recognition systems, the Financial Times reports. The database was released in 2016 and was built of […]

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American man accused in $9m net address theft

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Net addresses have become valuable because the pool of available numbers is drying up An American man has been accused of stealing net addresses worth more than $9m (£7m) by US prosecutors. Amir Golestan of South Carolina is alleged to have tricked an organisation that controls some net addresses into […]

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Grumpy Cat internet legend dies

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption The owners of Tardar Sauce confirmed she died on Tuesday Grumpy Cat, the feline famous on the internet for her permanent scowl, has died aged seven, her owners say. A statement says she died on Tuesday following complications from a recent urinary tract infection. The cat from Arizona had “helped […]

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GozNym cyber-crime gang which stole millions busted

Image copyright Getty Images An international crime gang which used malware to steal $100m (£77m) from more than 40,000 victims has been dismantled. A complex police operation conducted investigations in the US, Bulgaria, Germany, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The gang infected computers with GozNym malware, which captured online banking details to access bank accounts. The […]