EA Sports drops Patrick Kane from NHL 16 cover after police investigation

  • Allegations of incident at player’s home on 2 August
  • Jonathan Toews will now appear on his own

EA Sports is dropping Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane from promoting its NHL 16 video game because he is under police investigation over rape allegations.

The company announced its decision on its Twitter account on Wednesday. EA Sports says Kane will no longer be a spokesman for NHL 16, nor appear on the game’s cover as previously planned.

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How many Tinder users are married? Fact-checking the app’s tweet storm

We investigated Tinder’s defensive claims in reaction to the Vanity Fair article to find that many users might not be single and swiping in North Korea gets lonely

Tinder’s official Tinder account fired off a series of intemperate tweets on Tuesday night in response to a Vanity Fair story that alleged the dawn of the ‘dating apocalypse’ is upon us.

Related: ‘The Tinder Generation is real’: app has online meltdown over Vanity Fair article

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Twitter reveals British data requests more than doubled in last six months

Police and government agencies asked for user information 299 times from January to the end of June, up from 116 in second half of 2014

The number of requests for Twitter user data made by British authorities has more than doubled in the last six months, , figures reveal.

Police and government agencies asked for information about users 299 times from 1 January to 30 June. This was up from 116 in the previous six months and more than the total for the whole of the previous two years.

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Twitter finally flicks the switch on 10,000 character DMs

Feel free to bombard your friends with effectively unlimited direct messages now as the social network enables a longer unbroken service

Twitter users can now send direct messages (DM) of up to 10,000 characters, three months after the company announced the forthcoming change to users and developers on its development blog.

The new DMs, which are intended to be of effectively unlimited length for the typical user, are part of the company’s long-running effort to upgrade its messaging service to make it a more competitive alternative to market leaders such as Facebook’s WhatsApp and Messenger apps.

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Google is testing drones in US airspace by piggybacking on Nasa exemption

Documents show the tech company has skirted regulations for private firms for a year by flying its Project Wing aircraft over private land as part of a deal with Nasa

Google has been quietly testing its drone delivery program in US airspace and is planning further tests in rural California after striking a deal with Nasa, the Guardian has learned.

Documents seen by the Guardian also reveal technical details of Google’s drone, which is capable of speeds of up to 100 mph and weighs less than 25kg (55lb). The papers also reveal Google’s safety plans should a drone lose contact with its operator.

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