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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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ECHR court reverses ruling on sacking over private messages

A Romanian man should not have been fired for sending private messages at work, Europe’s top human rights court has ruled. Bogdan Mihai Barbulescu was sacked for sending the messages via the Yahoo messaging system in 2007. His employer had used surveillance software to monitor his computer activity. A Romanian court ruled in 2016 that the firm was within its rights but this has now been overturned. Mr Barbulescu successfully challenged the original decision. Some of the communications he had sent were “intimate in nature” and were sent to his…

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US reverses travel ban over court ruling as Trump fumes

The US authorities have rolled back a controversial travel ban on people from seven mainly Muslim countries after a judge suspended it. The state department said it was reversing the cancellations of visas, 60,000 of which were revoked after President Donald Trump’s order. Judge James Robart ruled there were legal grounds to challenge the ban. Mr Trump called the verdict by the Seattle judge “ridiculous” and vowed to restore the ban. People affected by the ban treated news of the suspension warily as airlines began allowing them to board flights…

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