Lumosity fined millions for making false claims about brain health benefits

The Federal Trade Commission also issued a general warning that it is on the lookout for companies cashing in on the popularity of health-related mobile apps

It seemed like a win-win for fans of the online “brain training” memory game Lumosity – as fun as Candy Crush (almost) but actually good for you – a mind gym to sharpen mental performance and, for older consumers, ward off senility.

Forget that. The shine has come off Lumosity with an announcement by federal investigators that the makers must pay $2m to settle a charge that it made fraudulent claims and “preyed on consumers’ fears”.

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Netflix announces it will launch in 130 more countries

Announced at CES, the move will make the streaming service available in almost every country, with the notable exception of China – for now

Netflix announced Wednesday that it’s launching in an additional 130 countries, making the streaming service available in almost every country, with the notable exception of China.

Reed Hastings, the company’s CEO, said he’s hopeful it will launch in China in the near future. The company also pointed out that North Koreans won’t be able to access the wealth of western entertainment either – and Syria is out, too, due to US trade embargoes.

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