New analysis reasserts video games’ link to violence USA Today
A new review of 130 studies “strongly suggests” playing violent video games increases aggressive thoughts and behavior and decreases empathy. The results hold “regardless of research design, gender, age or culture,” says lead researcher Craig Anderson, who directs the Center for the Study of Violence at Iowa State University in Ames. His team did a statistical analysis of studies on more than 130,000 gamers from elementary school age to college in the USA, Europe and Japan. It is published today in Psychological Bulletin, a journal of the American Psychological Association.
Universities protest against government wi-fi plans BBC
Many universities take a tough line with copyright infringers, says professional group. Libraries and universities are protesting about plans to make them police users of wireless networks. The government’s Digital Economy Bill includes plans to make them responsible for what is done over free wi-fi. The plans imply that libraries, universities and cafes offering free wireless will be responsible if people use it to pirate movies and music. Bodies representing universities want the law clarified so they are not hit with big bills for policing every user. “We’re very concerned about this,” said Toby Bainton, secretary of the Society of College, National and University Libraries (Sconul). “We have been pressing them on this for quite some time.”
NetEase.com Posts More Internet Revenue In China ChinaTechNews
Chinese Internet company NetEase.com Inc. announced its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2009, and showed large annualized and sequential revenue increases. Total revenues for the fourth quarter of 2009 were CNY1.3 billion, compared to CNY879.4 million and CNY801.7 million for the preceding quarter and the fourth quarter of 2008, respectively. Total revenues for fiscal year 2009 were CNY3.8 billion, compared to CNY3.0 billion for the preceding fiscal year.
‘Wiseguy Tickets’ owners are due in court, accused of online scheme New Jersey Real-Time News
Three men charged with hacking into websites of online ticket sellers and illegally buying up legions of tickets to the nation’s most popular entertainment and sporting events are scheduled to be arraigned in federal court in Newark today. Kenneth Lowson, 40, Kristofer Kirsch, 37, and Joel Stevenson, 37, all from California, ran Wiseguy Tickets Inc., which authorities said used software that impersonated individual ticket buyers and bombard online ticket services including Ticketmaster and Major League Baseball. A fourth company official, Faisal Nahdi, 36, is expected to surrender to authorities within the next few days. The men were charged with conspiracy, wire fraud and unauthorized computer access. The wire fraud counts are the most serious and carry a maximum prison sentence of 20 years per count.
Google Awarded Critical Location-Based Advertising Patent MediaPost
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office just awarded Google a patent for using location in an advertising system — “which,” according to VentureBeat, “is the emerging business model for most consumer-facing location startups today.” Filed six years ago, the industry blog describes the patent as “fairly broad,” as it “covers using location for targeting, setting a minimum price bid for an ad, offering performance analytics, and modifying the content of an ad.”
UK ISP TalkTalk Boosts Essentials Broadband Bundle Speeds to 24Mbps ISP Review
TalkTalk has today confirmed that all of its ‘up to’ 8Mbps Essentials broadband and phone bundle customers will be given a FREE speed boost ‘up to’ 24Mbps. The provider will also be removing P2P (BitTorrent file sharing) traffic shaping for all Pro customers. Plans for this change were first reported towards the end of last year (here), though it’s not all good news. The new line connection fee is currently £59.99, however from today this will increase to £69.99. Free Local Calls for new TalkTalk customers have also been removed.
‘Sweden is a tax paradise’: Ikea adviser The Local
A leading figure behind both Ikea and Tetra Pak’s decisions to move their headquarter beyond Sweden’s borders has said Sweden is making major strides on the road to becoming a more business-friendly nation. Tax expert Göran Grosskopf, chairman of Ingka Holding, Ikea’s parent company, was instrumental in moving both the flatpack furnisher and packaging giant Tetra Pak out of Sweden for tax purposes. Ikea left for Denmark in 1973 before later switching to the Netherlands, while Tetra Pak set up headquarters in Switzerland in 1981. But writing in a newsletter ahead of the Transfer of Ownership in Private Businesses conference, to be held in Stockholm at the end of March, Grosskopf claims the companies would have remained on home turf had today’s tax system been in place at the time. By abolishing inheritance tax, gift tax and wealth tax, Sweden has become attractive to business owners who previously struggled to build up private savings outside of their companies, he claimed
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