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UK ISPs Say No To Mandatory Porn Censorship

"UK ISPs told David Cameron's adviser that they will not ban porn by default to prevent the sexualisation of children.

Claire Perry announced that by 2014 UK ISPs would require customers wishing to access adult content to "opt out". The Tory MP also told a conference the filters should be flexible enough to be turned off - for a limited time. The default setting would then return.

Nicholas Lansman, secretary general of trade association ISPA, which represents the UK's net suppliers, said that Perry’s comments were a bit premature."

Major Internet firms summoned to porn meeting

"Culture secretary, Maria Miller, is planning to meet with Google, Facebook and other major online companies to discuss how to police access to illegal content on the internet.

The move comes in the wake of the trials of Mark Bridger (jailed for the murder of five-year-old April Jones) and Stuart Hazell (jailed for murdering 12-year-old Tia Sharp), both of whom had accessed child pornography online.

Google says no to Glass porn

"Google Glass is not even out yet, but it is already generating quite a bit of controversy. Privacy concerns top the list, but peeping toms aren’t Google’s only concern.

Google apparently wants to keep Google Glass nun friendly, as it has explicitly banned the distribution of Glassware content that contains nudity, graphic sex acts or sexually explicit material. For some reason Google also pointed out that it has a zero tolerance policy against child pornography."

Many Gamers Would Rather Try A New Game Than Have Sex

"It seems that as many as one in two men in relationships would rather try out a new game than have sex with their partners. According to a not-so-scientific study conducted by VoucherCodesPro.co.uk, 49 percent would rather unwrap a video game than undress their significant other, while only 32 percent would opt for some love making. The remaining 19 percent are undecided and they say it depends on the game. The survey polled 1,442 Brits and found that 30 percent of them believe their partners would not expect them to turn down sex over a game..."

Nintendo Hijacks Ad Revenue From Fan-Created YouTube Playthroughs

The BBC reports that Nintendo is now using the content ID match feature in YouTube to identify screencap videos of people playing their games. They then take over the advertising that appears with the video, and thus the ad revenue.

Facebook losing users

"Facebook has to deal with a mass exodus of users who are no longer interested in giving up all their personal data so that they can be inundated with pictures of cute cats, conspiracy theories and US gun lobby propaganda.

While the company is expected to report that its revenues are up, it might also have to tell shareholders that its expansion in the US, UK and other major European countries has peaked. In the last month, the world's largest social network has lost 6 million US visitors, a 4 per cent fall, according to analysis firm SocialBakers..."

Biological computer created at Stanford

"In the foreseeable future, humans might carry microscopic natural computers inside their cells that could guard against disease and warn of toxic threats based on a Stanford research achievement. A team of engineers there has invented genetic transistors, completing a simple computer within a living cell, a major step forward in the emerging field of synthetic biology. The startling achievement, to be unveiled in Friday's issue of the journal Science, presages the day

Samsung Confirms Smartwatch in the Works: Report

"Samsung has confirmed that it is indeed working on a smartwatch. "We've been preparing the watch product for so long," Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile business, told Bloomberg during an interview in Seoul, according to a March 19 report. "We are working very hard to get ready for it," he added.

Piston Steam Box coming holidays 2013

"The Piston from Xi3, which has become known as the first “Steambox,” is now taking pre-orders for the Piston for delivery this holiday season. (The exact shipping date isn’t yet known.) The price is currently $899 for the base unit till March 17th when it will rise to $999.

Sorry to say it, but keyboard and mouse are losing the FPS market

"Considering that the PC is the platform that birthed both the first-person shooter and the MMO, many PC game fans are a bit perturbed that Activision and Bungie have yet to confirm a PC version of its recently unveiled FPS-meets-MMO Destiny. Bungie co-founder Jason Jones threw a bit more fuel on the fire of perceived PC gaming disrespect, though, by telling Destructoid that, in essence, Halo made keyboard and mouse controls obsolete: We did a bunch of ambitious things on Halo deliberately to reach out to people.
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