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The Federal Trade Commission is trying to stick its finger in the dike to keep the North Sea of privacy concerns back.  The FTC recently issued a staff report “Mobile Apps for Kids: Current Privacy Disclosures are Disappointing” (.pdf) demonstrating that, besides having a sense of humor, the FTC thinks mobile [...]

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Oklahoma Rep. Battles Violent Video Games

On February 7, 2012 By Michael Walker

By now you’re familiar with all the dangers: weight gain, desensitization, feelings of estrangement, and the wholesale degradation of America’s youth.

I’m not talking about illicit drugs. I’m talking about—users beware!—violent video games. In Oklahoma, State Representative William Fourkiller, a Democrat, is waging war against gory games. Last week, he introduced a bill [...]

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Internet Poker is (Possibly) Legal… or Not

On January 11, 2012 By Ilana Kattan

Internet poker may no longer be illegal under federal law, according to a U.S. Department of Justice memo drafted by Assistant Attorney General Virginia A. Seitz in September 2011, but not released until December 23, 2011. The memo responded to questions raised by the states of Illinois and New York as to whether [...]

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In the world of sports video gaming, Electronic Arts Incorporated rules the roost.   Electronic Arts, commonly  referred to as EA, is best known for its Madden football and FIFA soccer titles.   Another one of EA’s popular games, NCAA Football, has recently found itself at the center of some legal controversy.   The [...]

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Avatar, Inception, and Treatment of PTSD

On October 26, 2011 By Katie Kuhn

The U.S. Army is attempting to harness some of the innovative technology and creative thinking that gave us Hollywood blockbusters Avatar and Inception to help veterans combat nightmares associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 52% of veterans with PTSD report having frequent nightmares, compared with [...]

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Call of Duty: Modern Lawsuit

On October 4, 2011 By Cal Albritton

The lawsuit over the Call of Duty video game series will go to trial on May 7, 2012. In case you don’t have a twelve year old brother or don’t find that shooting virtual rocket-propelled grenades at virtual terrorists is your idea of a successful afternoon, Call of Duty is a “first person shooter” action game whose [...]

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Gaming for the Greater Good

On September 27, 2011 By Collins Kilgore

Recently, the journal Nature published an article for which players of the online game Foldit solved the protein structure of a retrovirus similar to HIV. This particular protein structure, an understanding of which will help in the treatment of AIDS, eluded researchers for over ten years before [...]

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When Fantasy Gets a Little Too Real

On September 2, 2011 By Alex Payne

If they haven’t already, a substantial portion of the U.S. population will complete their fantasy football drafts before the NFL regular season kicks off when the Saints take on the Packers.  Fantasy football attracts long-time fans and non-traditional fans alike by offering a new football experience, one where fans and observers have a more concrete [...]

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Shortly after Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami closed 10 of its facilities, Sony Corp. is fighting a new one-two punch. In late April 2011, Sony was investigating denial-of-service attacks on its PlayStation Network servers when criminal hackers exploited the server’s vulnerability and stole data from 77 million user accounts. Later, on May [...]

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My parents bought me my first cell phone when I was sixteen years old. Soon after, I learned that I could “IM” my friends right from my phone! Although I was thrilled with my new discovery, my parents were not so excited when they received the first phone bill. The phone company had charged us [...]

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