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GOP, Dem Senators officially introduce loot box, “pay-to-win” legislation

Unlike this ceramic replica, video game loot boxes are not filled with real candy. (credit: ThinkGeek) Weeks ago, Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) released an outline for the The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act, aimed at stopping randomized loot boxes and pay-to-win mechanics in the game industry. Today, Hawley was joined by Ed Markey (D-Mass.) …

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Purdue infiltrated WHO, manipulated opioid policies to boost sales, report finds

Enlarge / Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, and its owners, the Sackler family, are facing hundreds of lawsuits across the country for the company’s alleged role in the opioid epidemic. (credit: Getty | Drew Angerer) Infamous OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma used front organizations and sponsored research to deceive the World Health Organization and corrupt global …

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Comcast does so much lobbying that it says disclosing it all is too hard

Enlarge / A Comcast sign at the Comcast offices in Philadelphia, Penn. (credit: Getty Images | Cindy Ord ) Comcast may be harming its reputation by failing to reveal all of its lobbying activities, including its involvement in trade associations and lobbying at the state level, a group of shareholders says in a proposal that …

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Brainstorm Health: Heart Disease, Amazon Emotion Detection, JPMorgan and Purdue

Good afternoon. I have some good news and some, well, not-great news. Cancer deaths in the U.S. fell sharply – and I mean really sharply – between 1999 and 2017 among 45 to-64 year-old Americans, according to a new Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report. But deaths attributable to heart disease have risen in recent …

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Alexa, I’ve Got a Bad Feeling About Amazon’s Emotion-Detecting Wearable

From video streaming to prescriptions, cloud services to doorbell cameras, Amazon is in our lives in more ways than we count. But there’s one particular place–my emotional health–where I really don’t want the e-commerce giant poking around. Amazon is working on an Alexa-powered wearable that can read emotions, Bloomberg is reporting, citing people who claim …

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