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Hawaii Proposes Legislation to Regulate Loot Boxes in Games

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Legislators in Hawaii were among the first to express concern over the use of loot boxes in video games when Star Wars Battlefront II was in the news. This issue didn’t fade away, though. Lawmakers have introduced several bills designed to clamp down on the use of randomized loot crates in games, which are compared with gambling in the legislation. Loot crates have been featured in games for years, but Electronic Arts’ particularly rapacious version…

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BBC proposes £320,000 news presenter pay cap

The BBC is proposing a pay cap of £320,000 for its news presenters following an outcry about the size of the salaries of its highest paid stars. The change will only affect a handful of people but forms part of a wider restructuring of pay of on-air staff. Some presenters have already agreed to a pay cut amid criticism of disparities between male and female colleagues. Meanwhile, women at the BBC have told MPs they faced “veiled threats” when they raised the subject of equal pay. More than 150 women…

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Celebrity Big Brother star Dapper Laughs proposes on live TV

It should come as no real surprise that Dapper Laughs chose a live TV moment to propose to his girlfriend. After all, he’s made his name filming far less exciting moments in his life and uploading them. “When I was in the house every day I regretted I never asked you so, will you marry me?” The comedian popped the question to girlfriend Shelley Rae just minutes after leaving the Big Brother house – she said “yes”. As for the ring, with him having no access to the outside world…

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Labour proposes new tax on bookmakers

Labour says it would consider forcing bookmakers to pay a levy to help treat problem gamblers. Deputy leader Tom Watson will say the cash would be used for NHS treatment and to end the “destructive cycle of addiction”. Speaking at the party conference in Brighton, he will announce a review of the extent of the problem. Meanwhile, Labour will also call on the government to spend an extra £500m on a winter bailout fund for the NHS. The Association of British Bookmakers has said it would not oppose an “appropriate,…

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UK proposes exemptions to Data Protection Bill

Journalists, financial firms and anti-doping bodies could receive special exemptions from new laws to protect personal data, the government has said. These “safeguards” would protect the freedom of the press, help prevent fraud and “maintain the integrity of professional sports”. The proposals are part of a new Data Protection Bill, published on Thursday, which will overhaul UK data laws. It will impose much heavier fines on those who do not protect personal data. In most respects the bill, which will come into force next May, will transfer the European Union’s…

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South Korea proposes rare military talks with North Korea

South Korea has proposed holding military talks with the North, after weeks of heightened tension following Pyongyang’s long range missile test. If they were to go ahead, they would be the first high-level talks since 2015. A senior official said talks should aim to stop “all hostile activities that raise military tension” at the fortified border between the Koreas. South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in has long signalled his intention to drive closer engagement with the North. In a recent speech in Berlin, he said dialogue with the North was more…

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