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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds: Imams divided over video game fatwa

[ad_1] The Kurdish Union of Islamic Scholars has officially declared a fatwa against playing a hugely popular video game, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.Officially, the group is responsible for issuing fatwas – which are rulings by Islamic authorities – in Iraqi Kurdistan. However, other imams have come out against the ban.BBC Monitoring looks at the controversy surrounding the game in the region. [ad_2] Source link
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EE and Virgin Media fined £13.3m for overcharging customers

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images EE and Virgin Media have been fined £13.3m by Ofcom for leaving customers who quit broadband and phone contracts early "out of pocket".The regulator said about 400,000 EE customers who ended their contracts early were over-billed and paid up to £4.3m too much as a result.Ofcom said about 82,000 Virgin customers were overcharged by almost £2.8m. Virgin said it would appeal.Margot James, Digital Minister, said
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Sony won’t be attending E3 next year

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Sony won't be attending next year's E3 Expo for the first time in the event's 24-year history.E3 is one of the world's biggest gaming conferences.The three-day event usually sees gaming giants including Sony and Microsoft showcase their newest, shiniest products. In a statement, Sony said: "We always want to innovate, think differently and experiment with new ways to delight gamers." Sony went on to say:
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Award for wartime flight trainer returned to service

[ad_1] Image copyright Techworks Image caption The GAT-1 gave trainee pilots a sense of how to control and fly a plane A project to restore early flight simulators has won an award for the best computer conservation project.Engineers from the TechWorks museum in the US won the Tony Sale award for their work to return three simulation machines to working order.One of the contraptions, known as the Blue Box, was
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Dalby Forest sleeping mouse leaves visitors shut out

[ad_1] Image copyright Dalby Forest/Instagram Image caption The wood mouse preferred to sleep on the circuit board rather than in the 8,000 acres of woodland A resting rodent proved to be a gate-crasher at a Yorkshire beauty spot.Staff at Dalby Forest in the North York Moors were puzzled as to why the vehicle entry barrier was playing up on Thursday, stopping visitors getting in.They found it was a furry felon
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‘How Amazon helped me transition to a woman’

[ad_1] Image copyright Sophie Roberts "I knew from a young age that I wasn't the same as the other children," says Sophie Roberts, a 34-year-old Amazon software manager based in Edinburgh."I realised at around 14 or 15 that I was transgender but I wasn't comfortable at that point in my life in being out about it."It was 20 years later that she took the decision to come out at work.
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Prince William criticises social media firms

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The Duke of Cambridge has accused social media firms of not being proactive enough about dealing with fake news, privacy issues and cyber-bullying.In a speech given at the BBC, Prince William said social networks had allowed "misinformation and conspiracy to pollute the public sphere"."Their self-image is so grounded in their positive power for good that they seem unable to engage in constructive discussion about the
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Google’s Alphabet gives up on rescue robots

[ad_1] Image copyright Google Google-owner Alphabet is giving up the development of bipedal robots after five years.The company had been developing large industrial robots since it bought two start-ups - Schaft and Boston Dynamics - in 2013.Its creations won awards and videos of them in action often went viral.But Alphabet changed its focus and sold Boston Dynamics in 2017. It said it had been unable to sell Schaft and would
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Facebook accused of dark PR tactics

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters/Getty Images Facebook faces a new controversy over alleged tactics it used to discredit its critics, embarrass rival firms and downplay problems at the company.The New York Times has published a wide-ranging account of the methods Facebook and a public relations firm used to "deny and deflect" criticism.The report has led US lawmakers to call for tighter regulation of social networks.Facebook has denied several of the claims.The