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Apple removes Philippines leader Duterte execution games

Video games that put the player in the shoes of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte as he kills criminals have been removed from Apple’s app store. Popular games with titles such as “Duterte knows Kung Fu: Pinoy Crime Fighter” have disappeared from the company’s digital shop. A drug users’ advocacy group said it had been campaigning for their removal. Thousands of people have been killed by police during the president’s crackdown on drug-related crime. The Asian Network of People Who Use Drugs (Anpud) had previously written an open letter to Apple’s…

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EA Reverses Itself, Temporarily Removes Pay-to-Win Mechanics From Battlefront II

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. As late as yesterday afternoon, EA appeared firmly committed to its decision to release Star Wars Battlefront II with a pay-to-win system that had been slammed from every quarter. An explosion of gamer fury last Sunday over the idea of spending 40 hours to unlock a new hero had pushed it to reduce hero costs when purchased with in-game credits, but the development team had also cut how many credits you earned from the single-player…

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YouTube removes dead extremist's videos

YouTube has removed nearly 50,000 videos featuring radical Islamist preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in a drone strike in 2011. Awlaki was renowned for preaching violence as a religious duty, although at the time of his death his family denied he was a terrorist. The remaining videos are mainly documentaries and news items, reports the New York Times. The BBC understands this is a result of human review, not machine learning. Slow to act To help ensure that the videos stay off YouTube, once humans flag a video for…

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eBay removes 'Hawaiian sand' listings

EBay has removed items listed for sale on its website that claimed to contain small amounts of Hawaiian sand. The sand, from various parts of Hawaii, ranged in price from $ 3.50 (£2.60) to $ 35, the Hawaii-Tribune Herald said. It is illegal to remove sand, coral, rocks or soil from the shoreline, although sand taken “inadvertently” on clothing or toys is exempt. Before a revision of the US law in 2013, one gallon of sand per day was allowed to be taken. “While we haven’t been directly contacted by…

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Google removes cupcake calorie counter from Maps

Google has decided to remove an update to Maps that shows users how many calories they would burn if they walked to their destination. It follows what the search giant described as “strong user feedback” with many criticising the feature as patronising, shaming and a possible trigger for eating disorders. The pink cupcake calorie counter was also lambasted as being unscientific. It will be removed by the end of the day, Google has confirmed. The experimental feature was rolled out on the iOS version of Google Maps, beneath walking directions….

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Equifax removes webpage after malware issue

Equifax has taken down a customer help web page amid concerns over malware linked to the site. The firm said it took down the link for credit report assistance “out of an abundance of caution”. The problem did not compromise its systems or affect the dispute portal, the firm added in a later update. Equifax is still reeling from discovery of a breach that compromised personal data of more than 145.5 million Americans and about 8,000 Canadians. Equifax has also said a file containing names and birthdates of 15.2 million…

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Kaspersky: US government removes Russian security software

The US Department for Homeland Security has told government departments and agencies to remove all security software from the Moscow-based company Kaspersky Lab from their IT systems. It said it was concerned about ties between company officials and the Russian intelligence services. The move comes ahead of a vote in the US Senate this week to prohibit use of the company’s products by government. Kaspersky Lab has repeatedly denied that it has ties to the Kremlin. But the allegations have led to a number of US retailers withdrawing its products…

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