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Society of Authors distances itself from Philip Pullman’s tweets

The UK’s largest trade union for writers emphasised its anti-racist stance after its president, Pullman, showed support for Kate Clanchy on social media

The Society of Authors (SoA) has asked the writers it represents “to be mindful of privilege and of the impact of what they create, do and say” in an email to committee members responding to the recent criticism of Kate Clanchy’s 2019 Orwell-prize winning book, Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me.

In the email, seen by the Guardian, the SoA also distances itself from comments made by its president Philip Pullman on Twitter. The His Dark Materials author had defended Clanchy, whose descriptions of children of colour and autistic children in particular, have been widely criticised on Goodreads and Twitter in recent days.

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Julian Assange loses court battle to stop US expanding extradition appeal

Judges say psychiatric expert report can form part of Washington’s full appeal

The WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, has lost a high court battle to prevent the US government expanding the grounds for its appeal against an earlier refusal to allow his extradition to face charges of espionage and hacking government computers.

On Wednesday, judges said a report from Assange’s psychiatric expert that was submitted at the original hearing in January could form part of Washington’s full appeal in October.

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Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania adds Sonic and Tails

Sonic the Hedgehog and Miles “Tails” Prower from the Sonic the Hedgehog series will be playable characters in Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania, Sega announced. Both can be unlocked through normal gameplay at launch. Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania is due out for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC via […]

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Tails of Iron gameplay trailer

Publisher United Label and developer Odd Bug Studio have released a new gameplay trailer for hand-drawn RPG adventure game Tails of Iron. Here is an overview of the game, via its Steam page: About Set in a grim land plagued by war, Tails of Iron is a hand-drawn RPG Adventure with punishingly brutal combat. As […]

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Journey to the Savage Planet developer Typhoon Studios reforms as Raccoon Logic

Journey to the Savage Planet developer Typhoon Studios have reformed and announced the establishment of new studio Raccoon Logic. Based in Montreal, the studio has secured a large initial investment from Chinese company Tencent, as well as regained the intellectual property rights for Journey to the Savage Planet. It is currently working on an unannounced […]

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Techies think we’re on the cusp of a virtual world called ‘the metaverse’. I’m skeptical | Sean Monahan

Silicon Valley has been anticipating virtual reality for more than three decades, and keeps running into the same problem: people mostly like actual reality

Maybe this will be my Paul Krugman moment. The Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist was famously the winner of a study to establish which op-ed commentator was most consistently correct. In 1998, he also famously claimed, “By 2005 or so, it will become clear that the Internet’s impact on the economy has been no greater than the fax machine’s.” I am not nearly so storied in accomplishments as Krugman. But I do make my living offering predictions and forecasts. So I might as well say it: I predict that the metaverse won’t happen.

The “metaverse,” for those who don’t know, is a still-mostly-hypothetical virtual world accessed by special virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology. The idea is to create a sort of next-level Internet overlaid on our physical world. People plugged into the metaverse exist in our physical world like everyone else but can see and interact with things that others can’t. Think The Matrix or the Star Trek Holodeck or the Fortniteesque brandscapes of Ready Player One.

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