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  1. SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China’s press and publication regulator has issued new rules on applications for publishing online games in China, signaling a possible acceleration in the handing out of formal approvals. China stopped granting licenses to monetize online games in March 2018, hurting the industry and developers such as Tencent Holdings Ltd and NetEase Inc. It started up approvals again in December, only to ask local governments to pause on submitting applications in February. The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television released the new rules late on Friday. Under the guidelines, games will undergo content vetting and the number of games allowed on to the market will be controlled. Gaming market research and consulting firm Niko Partners said the administration had explained the new rules to industry insiders earlier in the month, saying it was grinding through a backlog of applications submitted last year. Chinese gaming publishers were being encouraged to develop titles with China’s “core social values” in mind, including games that promote traditional culture, Niko said. Niko said the administration would take new submissions from Monday, April 22, under the new application process. “With a new more transparent approval process set to go live soon, we have a positive outlook for China’s digital games market in 2019,” it said. (The story refiles to fix name of consultancy to Niko Partners in paragraph 5.) Reporting by John Ruwitch and Li Pei; Editing by Nick Macfie Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-games/china-releases-new-rules-on-game-approvals-idUSKCN1RW07F Personal Comment: Winnie the Ping strikes again.
  2. Could it mean that the fire was deliberately started to give the game a chance to redeem itself? The devs must be investigated!
  3. Baledwyr

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    Yes, I in fact am dying...I will expire in approximately 50 - 60 years.
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    Woah. Hello Face, I'm Bors. Pleased to meet you. Also...
  5. The iconic spire at the top of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has collapsed after a major fire broke out Monday. Video showed part of the roof of the cathedral collapsing into itself as the fire rages on. "Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame," Notre Dame spokesperson Andre Finot told French media, according to the Associated Press. By Monday evening, Paris fire chief Jean-Claude Gallet told reporters he believes firefighters have managed to save the cathedral's landmark rectangular towers from the blaze. Gallet said, "We now believe that the two towers of Notre Dame have been saved," Reuters news agency reported. "We now consider that the main structure of Notre Dame has been saved and preserved." There was still a risk that some of the interior structures could collapse, he said. A deputy mayor of Paris, Emmanuel Gregoire, said the cathedral had suffered "colossal damages." President Emmanuel Macron came to the scene to view the damage and meet with emergency officials. The Sécurité Civile of France, part of the French Ministry of Interior, said hundreds of members of the Paris Fire Brigade were doing everything possible to get the fire under control and save the historic structure. The agency said in a tweet, "all means are being used, except for water-bombing aircrafts which, if used, could lead to the collapse of the entire structure of the cathedral." French President Emmanuel Macron: "We will rebuild." French President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation on Monday night. Macron called the fire a "terrible tragedy" and confirmed that the cathedral's stone facade and two main towers avoided collapsing during the destruction. "I'm telling you all tonight -- we will rebuild this cathedral together. This is probably part of the French destiny. And we will do it in the next years. Starting tomorrow, a national donation scheme will be started that will extend beyond our borders," Macron said. Fire a "tragedy for the world" Christophe Girard, the deputy mayor of Paris in charge of culture, said the massive fire at the historic Notre Dame Cathedral is a "tragedy for the world." He spoke with CBSN as the fire continued to burn, and said that some priceless paintings and other artifacts have been saved. Dramatic photos of fire's destruction Dramatic videos and photos spread across social media on Monday showing the roof and spire of the nearly 900-year-old cathedral engulfed in flames and massive amounts of smoke billowing up from its roof. The spire and roof collapsed, and the cathedral's world-famous stained glass windows were destroyed. The Ile de la Cité, the island in the Seine where the cathedral is located, was evacuated. Thousands of onlookers gathered along the banks of the river to watch the awful scene. Priceless art and artifacts inside Some of the treasures inside Notre Dame were reported saved, although officials have yet to release a full inventory of what was saved from the fire and what was lost. A centuries-old crown of thorns made from reeds and gold, and the tunic worn by Saint Louis, a 13th century king of France, were safely retrieved, Notre Dame's top administrative cleric, Monsignor Patrick Chauvet said, according to Reuters. But firefighters had struggled to take down some of the cathedral's large paintings in time, he said. The Holy Crown of Thorns is displayed during a ceremony at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris in this file photo from March 21, 2014. The relic was woven from thorn branches believed to have been placed on Jesus Christ during the events leading up to his crucifixion.PHILIPPE WOJAZER / REUTERS Cause under investigation Authorities have not yet released any information on the cause of the fire and said it would be investigated. The fire may potentially involve renovation work that was being carried out at the site, the fire service said. Extensive scaffolding covered a portion of the roof as part of the $6.8 million project before the fire broke out. Vatican expresses "great shock and sadness" The Vatican expressed "great shock and sadness" about the fire at Notre Dame, which occurred during Holy Week leading up to Good Friday and Easter. It called the cathedral "a symbol of Christianity in France and in the world." In a statement, the Vatican said, "We express closeness to the French Catholics and the people of Paris and we assure our prayers for the firefighters and those who are doing everything possible to face this dramatic situation." https://www.cbsnews.com/live-news/notre-dame-cathedral-fire-paris-collapse-live-updates-today-2019-04-15/ PERSONAL COMMENT: The Parisians are going to want someone's head for this.
  6. Had it suggested for me, look cool...anyone know anything about it?
  7. And is it partially our fault? I mean the chans and the neckbeards having their way with the internet for so long has only encouraged this wave of censorship?
  8. Raise the banner, my friends, do not be afraid!
  9. BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union lawmakers have backed plans to fine Facebook, Google, Twitter and other online platforms if they fail to remove extremist content within one hour. The measures have been brought into sharper focus after the live streaming on one of Facebook’s platforms of shootings by a lone gunman, killing 50 people at two New Zealand mosques in March. The EU’s draft law, including fines of up to 4 percent of annual global turnover, was endorsed by member states last year. However, concerns that the measures would hurt smaller online platforms or encroach on civil rights had stalled Monday’s vote. The EU assembly’s justice and home affairs committee voted 35 to 1, with 8 absentions, in favor of the proposal, which now requires approval in a plenary vote next week and negotiations among the EU’s three lawmaking bodies. The first hour is the most vital to stemming the further viral spread of online content, EU officials say, moving to regulate after they judged that internet companies were not doing enough under voluntary measures. Facebook said it removed 1.5 million videos containing footage of the New Zealand attack in the first 24 hours after the shootings. Worries the new rules are lacking and could be misused have been expressed by three U.N. special rapporteurs for human rights and by the EU’s own rights watchdog. Companies rely on a mix of automated tools and human moderators to spot and delete extremist content. However, when illegal content is taken down from one platform, it often crops up on another - straining authorities’ ability to police the web. In response to industry concerns that smaller platforms do not have the same resources to comply as speedily with tougher EU rules, lawmakers said authorities should take into account the size and revenue of companies concerned. Those facing their first removal order would also receive an additional 12 hours to comply. Draft measures call on the bloc’s national governments to put in place the tools to identify extremist content online and an appeals procedure. The one-hour rule would apply from the point of notification by national authorities and companies would face penalities over a “systematic failure” to comply. However, lawmakers opted to drop a draft requirement for the monitoring of content uploaded or shared on their sites for signs of illegal activity. “We risk the over-removal of content as businesses would understandably take a safety first approach,” said Daniel Dalton, a British lawmaker responsible for shepherding the bill through the house. “It also absolutely cannot lead to a general monitoring of content by the back door.” Brussels has been at the forefront of a push by regulators worldwide to force tech companies to take greater responsibility for content on their sites. Britain on Monday also proposed new rules that would penalize companies that fail to protect users from harmful content. Reporting by Alissa de Carbonnel; Editing by David Goodman Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-tech-regulation/eu-lawmakers-back-fines-for-internet-firms-that-fail-to-remove-extremist-content-idUSKCN1RK1XA PERSONAL COMMENT: I am concerned that this tragedy will be jacked and used to push an anti-wrong-think agenda.
  10. What do we think of the, Diplo? I think they look cool, are sharp and designed to look so without taking a tie which is good since so many business people and politicians these days think that the tie is a useless appendage.
  11. This man has true balls of steel to out himself publicly. I wish I were as brave.
  12. Baledwyr

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    You look like a narrator or a presenter...of a sarah mclauchlin special
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    Billy, Your eyes are burrowing into my soul like an homicidal AI. also @Abdel test
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    @banebladeluv You look like a pigmy George RR Martin in that pic.
  15. Nodle is the very model of the instant gratification generation.
  16. No just in New Zealand. We didn't get really any news about it.
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