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EA Remains Committed to Microtransactions, and That’s Partially Our Fault

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Game publisher Electronic Arts took it on the chin late last year when fans vehemently objected to the use of microtransactions in Star Wars Battlefront II. The backlash was so bad EA temporarily removed paid purchases from the game in order to retool the system, but gamers and even lawmakers are concerned about how these paid features are implemented across the industry. EA has reaffirmed its commitment to microtransactions, though. In its recent investment call,…

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EE broadband network suffers fault

EE’s UK broadband customers have been affected by a fault that has prevented them from using the internet. Down Detector indicates the nationwide problem began at about midnight. EE’s own site acknowledges the fault but gives little detail. Several customers have suggested the fault was due to a glitch with the company’s domain name system computer servers. They reported that manually changing their computers’ DNS settings had rectified the issue. EE told the BBC that it had addressed the malfunction but subscribers might still need to take action themselves to…

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The Latest: Medical groups find fault with Senate plan

The Latest on Senate Republicans’ health care bill (all times local): 10 p.m. Medical organizations and other interest groups are weighing in on the Senate Republican health care bill, and they have problems with the proposal. The American Academy of Pediatrics says the bill would hurt children by scaling back Medicaid. America’s Essential Hospitals says the version the Senate released Thursday might lead to hospitals reducing services or closing. The Association of American Medical Colleges says it would leave millions of people without health coverage. AARP agrees with that assessment…

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London ambulance service hit by new year fault

Ambulance response times were delayed in London overnight after technical problems hit the control room, the ambulance service has said. It is understood the computer system crashed, so calls had to be recorded by pen and paper for nearly five hours on one of the busiest nights of the year. A spokesman said staff were trained for such situations and continued to prioritise responses as usual. Calls had to be logged manually between 00:30 GMT and 05:15 GMT. The shutdown meant the real-time, web-based mapping of ambulance crews failed too,…

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