News briefs – September 4, 2012

Ian Larsen/Sun Star Reporter
September 4, 2012

U.S. Sanction shuts out Iranian World of Warcraft players

U.S. sanctions placed upon Iran are now affecting the massively multiplayer online game, World of Warcraft. Iranian players flooded the message boards last week, after being unable to access WOW or the battle.net website. The locking of the website made Iranian players unable to cancel their subscriptions or access their other games. Blizzard Entertainment, the games creator, tightened their procedures to comply with the sanction laws. This caused the company to block access to Iranian gamers and according to Blizzard, the sanction disables their ability to give a refund.  According to the U.S. Treasury, they did not ask Blizzard to block the game and are able to seek a license request to open their servers back to Iran, if the company chooses to do so.

-LA Times

Police use social media to put people behind bars

The use of social media to communicate with family and friends around the world gave the law enforcement a great idea, use the information that people publish on the Internet as evidence to help fight crime. Melvin Colon is a suspected New York gang member who released information to friends on Facebook, which could link him to past and present crimes. Thanks to his folly, he may be looking at time behind bars.  Colon had left a record of past crimes on his Facebook as private information. With a little help from Colon’s friends, police were given access to his private information.  According to the judge, Colon’s privacy ended when he shared this information with friends, claiming they were free to use the information however they chose. These new social media techniques are being used in approximately 1,221 law enforcement agencies across the country. Police and courts are now starting to accept public internet information from websites as evidence for cases, which begs the question, is information people share over the Internet still considered private once it is on the Internet?

-CNN

Having a sweet tooth is not a bad thing

Swedish researches found that men who eat chocolate regularly may have a decreased risk of stroke according to recent studies. In the last decade researches followed the diets of 37,000 men, in the study men who ate more chocolate than others showed a 17% decrease in first time stroke risk. Don’t rush to the chocolate just yet though, the men who ate the most chocolate in the study only ate a third of a cup of chocolate chips a week. The current study is based off 37,100 Swedish men ages 49 to 75 who reported on their intake of chocolate and other foods. During the 10 year study, 1,995 men suffered a first time stroke. Although the researchers had weight, blood pressure and diet information, it was still only an observatory study. Meaning there could be more forces lowering stroke risk, not just the chocolate.

-Chicago Tribune

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