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China’s new gaming rules for minors a ‘dark cloud’ for big tech

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China has announced strict new rules – cutting the amount of time that minors will be allowed to spend playing online games

China is limiting teenagers to just three hours of online gaming a week, in a move aimed at tackling gaming addiction among youths.

Minors will only be allowed to play online games between 8 and 9 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as on public holidays.

Gaming platforms will now be required to have real name verification systems in place

The announcement was made by the National Press and Publication Administration, as part of a push to prevent video game addiction – amid concerns over the damage it is doing to the health of children.

China’s Tencent recently tightened controls for children after a state-owned media publication labelling online gaming as “opium for the mind”

The strict new rules are part of a widening tech crackdown by Beijing, which tech analyst Dan Ives says has cast a black cloud over the tech sector

–FILE–Young Chinese netizens play online games at an Internet cafe in Fuyang city, east China’s Anhui province, 22 July 2018. The number of China’s online users hit 802 million at the end of June, up 3.8 percent from six months ago, according to a report on China’s Internet development released on Monday (20 August 2018). A total of 788 million Chinese used mobile phones to surf the Internet, making up 98.3 percent of the online population, said the 42nd statistical report from the China Internet Network Information Center. At the same time, China’s Internet availability rate reached 57.7 percent, with 26.3 percent of the total Internet population living in rural areas.No Use China. No Use France.

Chinese children had been banned from playing video games after 10pm – and for no longer than 90 minutes on weekdays.

Now they will only be permitted to play for 3 hours per week.

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Prince Harry and UK newspaper publisher agree pause of libel case

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Prince Harry and one of Britain’s biggest media publishers have agreed a temporary pause in his libel claim to try to settle the case.

The Duke of Sussex sued the publisher in February over an article in the Mail on Sunday newspaper which alleged he tried to keep secret details of his legal fight with Britain’s interior ministry to reinstate his police protection.

Harry says the Mail on Sunday published an “unremittingly negative” article about his ongoing case against the Home Office.

The High Court ruled it was defamatory in July.

Associated Newspapers, however, argues that the article contains “an expression of opinion” about Harry’s public statements on his legal case over police protection and is defending the libel lawsuit.

The case returned to court for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday at which Harry’s lawyer Jane Phillips said the parties have agreed to put the case on hold until mid-January in order to try and negotiate a settlement “if that is indeed possible”.

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Associated Newspapers applied for Harry to provide further information about a meeting at the royal Sandringham estate in January 2020, when he says he made an offer to pay for or contribute to police protection.

Judge Barbara Fontaine ruled that Harry’s lawyers should provide “clarification” about the offer he says he made, which she added would “assist the parties … in the attempts about [a] settlement, which I hope are successful”.

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Who will win Time Magazine’s person of 2022?

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It’s that time of year again when Time Magazine awards its person of the year, so here’s the shortlist so far

Time Magazine is looking for who dominated headlines and conversations in 2022. Ahead of the reveal this week, it has shortlisted a few candidates.

Elon Musk makes the cut

Top pick, is Elon Musk once again. The billionaire dominating headlines for his $44 billion takeover of Twitter.

He is no stranger to controversy, with many critics slamming his changes to the social media giant.

FILE PHOTO: SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk gestures during a conversation with legendary game designer Todd Howard (not pictured) at the E3 gaming convention in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 13, 2019.

Xi Jinping

Next, is Xi Jinping as he secured himself a third term as President of China. He also stole the global spotlight for his draconian zero-covid strategy, as thousands call for his resignation.

Xi has also been the centre of geopolitical tensions and trade with the United States and Australia.

Plus, China’s dominance over Taiwan has cause a global stir.

Chinese President Xi Jinping waves after his speech as the new Politburo Standing Committee members meet the media following the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China October 23, 2022. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

U.S. Supreme Court

Also named is the U.S. Supreme court for overturning the nearly 50-year-old Roe v. Wade abortion law.

The landmark ruling overturned the law that recognised a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion and legalised it nationwide.

It sparked global protests with thousands of women begging for the right to decide what they do with their own bodies.

Protestors react outside the U.S. Supreme Court to the leak of a draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito preparing for a majority of the court to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision later this year, in Washington, U.S., May 2, 2022. REUTERS/Moira Warburton

Volodymyr Zelensky

No surprise, Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky made the cut. The comedian turned President is leading his country through war.

During 2022, Zelensky has given unwavering strength for Ukraine. He has forced world leaders to support the war-torn nation, in the face of Russian aggression.

He has been a pillar of hope, endurance and resilience.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy gestures during his annual news conference at the Antonov aircraft plant in Kyiv, Ukraine May 20, 2021. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Iran protestors

Protestors in Iran have also been named, as the country continues to stand up against the strict Islamic Republic.

The uprising is one of the largest in the nations history, with the world unable to turn a blind eye.

Women have been burning their hijabs and cutting their hair, forcing the Parliament to review the mandatory hijab law.

FILE – Iranians who live in Brazil protest against the death of Iranian woman Mahsa Amini, who died in Iran while in police custody, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. As anti-government protests roil cities and towns in Iran for a fourth week, sparked by the death of a 22-year-old woman detained by Iran’s morality police, tens of thousands of Iranians living abroad have marched on the streets of Europe, North America and beyond in support of what many believe to be a watershed moment for their home country. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

The magazine also made mention of Ron DeSantis, Gun safety advocates and Liz Cheney.

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Critics slam Prince Harry and Meghan Markle following Netflix trailer

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A photo used in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s new Netflix documentary has critics going wild

A photo used in the Netflix trailer of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has been deemed ‘fake’ by some.

In the trailer for the famous couple’s documentary, it shows them being hounded by the press.

Critics have suggested the pair used a fake image, portraying the paparazzi in a negative light.

But The Sun reports the shot was actually taken from the premiere of a Harry Potter film.

If this is true, it means the shot was actually filmed years before the pair event met.

Some royal experts believe Netflix have been careless in the process. The pair are yet to comment on the claims.

The documentary is set to air on December 8, 2022.

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