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



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.


Paint it black! Rolling Stones make a hometown comeback



The Rolling Stones have made a hometown comeback – playing to a full crowd in London’s Hyde Park

The band is headlining the city’s British Summer Time concert series, and are performing two shows over two nights.

It comes as the group celebrate a remarkable six decades together, with the performances following Adele’s stint at Hyde Park just a few days ago.

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood, joined by Steve Jordan on the drums, rocked The Great Oak stage, with Stones fans happy to hear many of the band’s classic hits including “Satisfaction,” “Paint It Black” and “Tumbling Dice”.

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World’s first city to charge tourists for visiting



If you’re lucky to be heading abroad this summer, a visit to the famous canals in Venice, Italy might be on your itinerary, but beware of new fees to come.

Venice will charge most of its visitors an entry fee from next year as it tries to tackle overcrowding.

The city’s tourism chief says Venice are pioneers and will be the first city in the world to apply a measure that could be revolutionary.

From mid January next year, day-trippers must book their visit online before travelling.

They will pay a basic fee of 3 euro, which will rise to 10 euro at peak times.

Tourism is bouncing back in Venice after the pandemic with daily visitors again often outnumbering the 50-thousand residents of the city centre.

The scheme will be closely watched by other popular tourist destinations, overwhelmed with travellers around the world.

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Taylor Swift secretly gets engaged to Joe Alwyn



Taylor Swift is set to marry her British boyfriend Joe Alwyn, after a secret engagement

Singer Taylor Swift will tie the knot after her boyfriend of five years, Joe Alwyn, after a secret engagement months ago.

Reports suggest the couple have told their inner circle, and 32-year-old Swift only wears her ring behind closed doors.

The pair have been pictured only a handful of times on the red carpet but sources say they are both incredibly happy.

There are no specific details around the wedding, or if the couple will confirm the engagement speculation.

They’ve been together for around five years after meeting at the 2016 Met Gala.

Swift and Alwyn have collaborated on two songs in her Folklore album and three on Evermore.

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