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Japan finally bans the R4 DS piracy device

A case of closing the stable doors after the horse has bolted? Kotaku reports via a translation from a Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry that the country has finally banned the notorious R4 device, famed for its DS piracy uses. The R4 allows users to store and run …

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Eurogamer bans booth babes from future Expos

The MD of Eurogamer has stated that booth babes will be banned from future Eurogamer Expo events. The issue was thrust into the spotlight over the weekend when concerns were raised over the presence of Virgin Gaming booth babes at last week’s well received Eurogamer Expo. Each had a QR …

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Nike becomes the first UK company to have Twitter ads banned

A Twitter advertising campaign organized by Nike has become the first to be banned in the UK. Wayne Rooney and Jack Wilshere – both of whom are sponsored by the sports brand – recently tweeted links and hashtags promoting the Make It Count creative. The first, from the Manchester United …

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Siri – Apple’s agent of corporate espionage?

Remember all those ‘hilarious’ questions you’ve asked Siri over the last few months? Apple certainly does – it’s listened to them all. Apple’s iPhone Software license Agreement reveals that: When you use Siri or Dictation, the things you say will be recorded and sent to Apple in order to convert …

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Judge recommends Xbox 360 ban in US

Microsoft’s patent dispute with Motorola just got significantly more serious with the threat of a US ban on the console. The legal tussle between the pair saw the Xbox 360 console blocked from distribution in Germany earlier this month. Now Judge David Shaw of the International Trade Commission has recommended …

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Japan outlaws social gaming payment system

The Japanese Consumer Affairs Agency has officially deemed the ‘Complete Gacha’ social games payment system illegal. The CAA confirmed earlier this month that it was to investigate the issue following concerns about IAP systems that encourage users to purchase multiple virtual items from an in-game vending machine in the hope …

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Xbox 360 banned in Germany

A patent dispute between Microsoft and Motorola has resulted in an injunction banning key Microsoft items from distribution in Germany – including Xbox 360. Also blocked from distribution in the country are Windows 7, Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player. The development follows news last week that the pair were …

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Apple clamps down on clone apps

Apple appears to have deleted a range of App Store games that were found to be infringing on copyright law as well as unethically duplicating popular game designs. The US App Store has removed counterfeit apps such as Plant vs Zombie, Angry Ninja Birds and Temple Jump, according to news …

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ASA bans TalkTalk broadband ad

Advertising watchdog the ASA has banned a Talk Talk television advert which claimed that the internet provider’s broadband package was the "UK’s safest." The TV ad featured a toy family in a dolls house, apparently guarded by a row of toy soldiers while a voice-over claimed that "Talk Talk homes …

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Battlefield 3 "banned" in Iran

EA’s Battlefield 3 has effectively been banned” in Iran, despite not receiving an official release in the territory. AFP reports that the Iranian government has drawn exception to the game’s depiction of a clash between US forces on the Iraq-Iran border, and subsequently an air assault on Tehran. EA does …

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