Fox Affiliate Airs Kinect Sex Story as Warning

It’s hardly the first time a mainstream and/or local news source has botched a video game related story, but reporter Martina Valverde of KFoxTV 14 in El Paso apparently interviewed her own family (!) in a story on the Kinect hack made by ThriXXX. The loose “game” made some appearances online (videos since taken from YouTube) with a guy fondling a virtual girl via a hacked Kinect.

That was enough for the station to sensationalize the story, using choice quotes like, “”It’s inappropriate, especially when these games are geared towards younger children,” said (Angelica) Valverde. “You see the commercials on the Disney channel on Nickelodeon of course they’re going to want them.”

The immediate association is sex and Disney/Nickelodeon, a great way to jazz up a story when there isn’t one. The mother apparently had no idea her child should be monitored while playing video games, and believes Xbox Live and the general internet are the same thing.

The grandfather who purchased the device at least shows some sense, “”The first thing that came to my mind was someone is going to come out with interactive porn.” His mind is in the right place since it was only a matter of time, but his concept of parental control is slightly skewered:

“You must be 18 years old to purchase, but that doesn’t prevent someone from doing it.”

It does when no one enters a credit card in the first place, but that would require an additional layer of reporting to expose… and it wasn’t.

International sales lift Wal-Mart profit

The Washington Post November 17, 2010 Wal-Mart Stores said its third-quarter profit rose 9.3 percent from a year earlier, to $3.44 billion, or 95 cents per share, as the retail giant benefited from cost controls and a robust international business. The company also raised its full-year profit outlook.

Excluding a tax benefit, the company earned 90 cents per share, which matched estimates from a survey of analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters. Revenue reached $101.24 billion, below the estimate of $102.25 billion.

The improvements came despite weakness at its U.S. business. Total revenue at U.S. Wal-Mart stores fell as fewer customers visited and spent less when they did.

Home Depot said Tuesday that its third-quarter profit rose 21 percent from a year earlier, to $834 million from $689 million, by improving its inventory management and cutting costs. go to web site google voice app

Revenue rose just 1.4 percent, to $16.6 billion, as consumers held back on major home repairs. The earnings of 51 cents per share topped the average forecast of 48 cents from analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. The home-improvement retailer raised its full-year profit forecast to $1.94 a share, from a previous projection of $1.90 a share.

l Apple accepts Google Voice app: Google said in a blog entry Tuesday that its voice application is available for Apple’s iPhone, after more than a year of questions by the Federal Communications Commission about why Apple appeared to be blocking it.

aEUR [f]A Google spokesman said the company submitted a request to Apple to approve an upgraded version of the app two weeks ago. The new version was approved, but the Google and Apple declined to comment on why the newer version was accepted but the previous one was not. Google Voice, which competes directly with AT&T’s voice service for the iPhone, lets users integrate several numbers into one phone number.

l IRS drops UBS case: The Internal Revenue Service is withdrawing its federal court summons seeking the identities of suspected U.S. tax cheats at Swiss bank UBS after receiving more than 4,000 names. website google voice app

IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman said Tuesday that UBS had met terms of its 2009 agreement to reveal the identities. He said the IRS expects to eventually obtain more than 7,500 account holders’ names from UBS from the agreement and other methods.

Last month federal prosecutors dismissed a parallel criminal tax- evasion case against UBS after the bank met terms of a deferred prosecution agreement. The bank in that case paid a $780 million fine.