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5 Daily Tech Stories: British War on Porn, Nexus 7 Out, Kickstarter Fail & More

By Indiewire | Indiewire July 26, 2013 at 12:52PM

1. UK Prime Minister David Cameron's porn blocker is run by Chinese firm Huawei.
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Google's Nexus 7 Tablet
Google's Nexus 7 Tablet

1.  UK Prime Minister David Cameron's porn blocker is run by Chinese firm Huawei.  

After announcing that he'd be taking measures to try and prevent adult content from reaching children, it was found out that the UK Prime Minister's porn blocker is made by Chinese firm Huawei.  According to Engadget, UK employees of Huawei decide which sites make the censorship cut.  After announcing that he'd like to figure out the best solution for stopping the spread of porn to youngsters with a hackathon, the Guardian published a spot-on criticism of the idea.

2. Aspiring Board Game Developers Aim to Reimburse All Backers with Kickstarter Fail

An update to the Kickstarter campaign The Doom That Came to Atlantic City! explained that the people behind the board game, which raised over $120K in its $35K campaign, have failed at working together to create a board game company with this inaugural game.  Through a vague explanation of what went wrong, the project's head, Erik Chevalier, said that he's going to attempt to reimburse all backers.  That's a scary precedent to set for the platform, which now makes creators note the potential risks and challenges a campaign might come up against. Read Chevalier's complete update here.

3. The New York Times Muses about What Apples New Products Could Be

As Apple gets ready to announce a new slate of products, Nick Bilton and Brian X. Chen are trying to guess what's up on Apple's slate.  Their best guesses? Apple's iWatch (the company's first major foray into wearable computing) and a cheaper model of the iPhone.

4. Minecraft game studio Mojang's Next Game Is Scrolls

The second game from the upstart game company Mojang after its breakout hit Minecraft will be Scrolls, which Wired is calling "less Minecraft, more Magic: The Gathering."  The backlash is already here, though: Fellow indie game company Dinofarm Gaming is already claiming that there's no possible way Scrolls can be good.

5. Google's Nexus 7 is Now at Amazon

The new model of Google's iPad competitor, the Nexus 7, is now available on Amazon, Walmart and Best Buy at the nice price of $230 for 16GB and $270 for 32GB.

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