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Amazon's Twitch triumphs over bot-sellers

Games-streaming service Twitch has convinced a court to ban two bot-makers from helping players seem popular. The Amazon-owned platform had complained the couple were charging up to $ 760 (£545) a month to artificially swell a Twitch channel’s audience. In doing so, it said, they unfairly made it easier for the broadcasters involved to earn money. The firm added that the activity had also resulted in poor-quality content becoming more prominent. The California-based defendants have been told to disable their software and hand over the domain names of three websites…

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Overwatch pro player suspended over homophobic slur

Professional Overwatch player Felix “xQc” Lengyel has been suspended and fined for using a homophobic slur on a personal live stream. Mr Lengyel was suspended by the Overwatch League for four matches and fined $ 2,000 (£1,433). Overwatch League is the first major professional e-sports league featuring competitions in 12 cities worldwide. E-sports team Dallas Fuel has also suspended him for the rest of the first stage of the competition. Stage one runs from 11 January to 10 February. During his suspension, Mr Lengyel will receive “focus training, physical training…

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Boing Boing blog sued over Playboy centrefolds link

Popular blog Boing Boing is being sued by Playboy magazine over a link it shared to an archive of centrefolds. The archive of almost 500 “Playmates” was created by an unknown person from scans of the centrefolds and uploaded to image-sharing site Imgur. Playboy’s lawyers said Boing Boing had “materially contributed” to copyright infringement of its images. Boing Boing said the lawsuit was “baseless” because it was not the gallery’s creator. It has asked a US court to dismiss what it called the “mystifying” legal action. Material benefit Playboy sued…

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Aguero hat-trick gives Man City victory over Newcastle

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he hopes his side can pick up a record number of Premier League points this season after Sergio Aguero’s hat-trick saw off Newcastle United. City, who won the title in 2012 and 2014, are 12 points clear at the top of the table with 65 points from 24 matches. Second-placed Manchester United are on 53 points. Chelsea collected 95 points when they became champions in 2004-05, and City will surpass that if they win 10 and draw one of their remaining 14 games. City’s…

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Suicide pact trial: Natasha Gordon jailed over Rutland Water death

A woman who backed out of a suicide pact, leaving a man to die alone, has been given a four-year jail term. Natasha Gordon, 44, was convicted at Leicester Crown Court in December, two years after Matthew Birkinshaw, 31, was found dead in his car at Rutland Water. She met the postman, from Walsall, West Midlands, on an internet forum where she agreed to be his “suicide partner”. Gordon, described as a “suicide advocate” in court, was found guilty of encouraging Mr Birkinshaw’s suicide. The court was told that after…

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Young women using ADHD medicine up 700 percent over 8 years, CDC report finds

The number of women in their late 20s who filled a prescription for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medicine skyrocketed by 700 percent between 2003 and 2015, according to a report released today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While the uptick in the percentage of American women who use ADHD medicine was most pronounced among those ages 25 to 29, the report also stated that the number of women ages 15 to 44 with private health insurance who filled a prescription for ADHD medicine increased by 344 percent…

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What you need to know about the meteor that caused seismic shock over Michigan

The meteor that lit up the night sky over southeast Michigan and shook the ground Tuesday night did not actually cause an earthquake, researchers say. In fact, meteors do not cause earthquakes to rupture along a fault, according to William Yeck, a research geophysicist at the United States Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colorado. The seismic observations associated with the meteor were assigned a magnitude 2.0 by the United States Geological Survey, which said the event was centered about 5 miles west-southwest of New Haven, Michigan, some…

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