In an inexplicably awesome and unexpected move, Virgin Media is going to start doubling all its customers' broadband speed for free, you know, just for kicks. Virgin Media already provides the fastest Internet available in the U.K. at 100 Mbps, but it looks like that speed is going to get even faster, and for free. I cannot stress that enough. The whole process will cost Virgin Media around $168.5 million, but I suppose the positive press might be worth that. They're also providing new hardware to anyone who'll need it to make the most of the speed boost. Also free of charge.
Four major UK Internet Service Providers are to start blocking pornography as a part of David Cameron's attempts to crack down on pervasive and easily accessible adult content. When the plans take effect, new users of BT, Sky, TalkTalk, and Virgin will be presented with the option of parental controls which they will have to actively accept or decline. Prior to all this, the UK government approached Reg Baily, chief executive of the Christian charity group the Mothers' Union, about conducting a review concerning the "commercialisation and sexualisation of children," along side the Department of Education. The ISP pornography blocking iniative is thought to be only one of many upcoming policies that aim to make sexualized content increasingly difficult for children to be exposed to.
Gamesinduztry.biz reported this morning on a rumor that the newcoming Virgin Gaming service will be an online site providing players on opportunity to challenge each other and compete in tournaments using the most popular console titles. This whole report came at the hands of some truly master sleuthing work by the people over at MaxConsole. It's truly an epic investigative saga, which you should read their account of, but for those who would rather see it summarized, here goes: They saw that the technical contact for VirginGaming.com was a Toronto-based company "codenamed" Entertainment Tech. And while the recording answered the phone "Welcome to Entertainment Tech" upon MaxConsole's call, the operator who picked up shortly after said "Welcome to Virgin Gaming." Gotcha! Long story short, that operator referred them to worldgaming.com as an example of what Virgin's service would be.