Foxtel in R-rated trouble. In the first case of its kind concerning an Australian pay TV provider, Foxtel told the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) it would hire a “full-time classifier” to examine programs before they go to air after it was found that it breached regulatory code several times in the past year. – Herald Sun

WoW “the cocaine of the computer games world“. World of Warcraft is so addictive that a psychiatrist is planning to send a team of counsellors into the game to treat players before they lose touch with the real world. –The Age

Cricket bible goes digital. One hundred and forty five years after it was first published, Wisden, the cricket bible, is joining the digital age. Bloomsbury, which bought the publication last November, said yesterday that the 2009 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack would be available in e-book format by November, with several other Wisden titles. – The Australian

Videos of homeless “burn fights” spike on Youtube. Videos of homeless people being beaten or forced into humiliating acts are increasingly popular online, leading some US lawmakers to seek harsher penalties for hate crimes against the poor. – WA Today

Grapes of Wrath revisted. Chris McGreal journeys along Route 66 – following in the footsteps of the Joads, the central characters in John Steinbeck’s the Grapes of Wrath who fled the Oklahoma dustbowl for California – to see whether the tragedy and despair witnessed in the Great Depression is a long-forgotten nightmare or a present-day reality still haunting Barack Obama’s America. – The Guardian

Facebook tightens privacy laws. Facebook has been forced to give its users more control over how much of their personal information is shared with the social networking site and the makers of the games and quizzes they download onto their profile pages, in the latest move to increase online consumer protection. – The Guardian

Top 10 Wikipedia entries. If you’re busy at work, busy as in ‘can’t afford to be completely and inexplicably sucked up and then spat out again a good 30 minutes later’, then it’s probably best you read no further. – Times Online

Meet Woofer, the opposite of Twitter. For anyone who complains that Twitter posts are too short to be meaningful, we present you with Twitter’s exact opposite: Woofer. While Twitter limits users to 140 characters per tweet, Woofer requires each post to have a minimum of 1,400 characters. – Network World

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