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Pokemon Go’s gaping privacy flaw is now being fixed

Pokemon Go’s gaping privacy flaw is now being fixed

It might soon be safe to go out in the wild again and hunt for Pokemon. At least if Pokemon GO's recently revealed privacy problem was the reason you stopped playing, and not, you know, the dangers of getting mugged or coming across a non-Pokemon corpse. Following the clamor over the iOS version of the game gaining full access to a player's Google account, developer Niantic Labs has issued a statement reassuring players and privacy watchdogs that no unnecessary account information has been harvested and that both Niantic and Google are working on a fix.

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Stop playing Pokemon GO now and fix this privacy hole [UPDATE]

Stop playing Pokemon GO now and fix this privacy hole [UPDATE]

Signing in to Pokemon GO with a Google account is not safe - not at the moment, anyway. Security researchers have discovered this morning that the app seeks (and is granted) an unusual amount of access to players' Google accounts when they first sign up and in to the game. This access is unprecedented outside of Google's own apps - there's no good reason for Niantic to need this much access to your account. None we've heard yet, anyway.

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Pokemon GO Tips and Secrets 2 : Level UP

Pokemon GO Tips and Secrets 2 : Level UP

I've been playing Pokemon GO for weeks. Today I'm writing another (a second) collection of tips for everyday Pokemon GO trainers - as well as a couple of secrets some trainers might not yet be aware of. This collection of tips will help users level up, find Pokemon they've been searching for, and avoid common (and not so common) pitfalls of the game. Today we begin with PokeStops, the place where users attain items without paying real cash.

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Download Pokemon GO here, avoid hackers and malware

Download Pokemon GO here, avoid hackers and malware

Downloading Pokemon GO from the wrong source can lead to the user unknowingly loading malware to their phone. It was bound to happen, especially with a game that's based on GPS location and is already live in some areas of the world, but not in others. Today we're going to run down the reasons why users should avoid certain sources for the app, and stick to others. "Cybercriminals are after any angle that helps them gain a foothold on your devices," said Tim Erlin, Senior Director of IT Security and Risk Strategy for Tripwire. "A popular app that's not available in some places is a near-perfect target for crafting a malware delivery strategy."

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Pokemon GO causes Nintendo shares to rise another 25%

Pokemon GO causes Nintendo shares to rise another 25%

Pokemon fever, it seems, has caught on in a very big way. Realizing that Nintendo may have a massive hit on its hands with Pokemon GO, investors have been treating the company well, sending its stock up by around 9% on Friday and by another 25% on Monday. That's a massive gain, and it means that Nintendo's stock has added around $7.5 billion in value in the past two days of trading.

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Pokemon Go used to lure players into armed robbery

Pokemon Go used to lure players into armed robbery

A malicious group sets up an elaborate trap in order to entice hopeful Pokemon trainers to venture into shady spots and corners. They then spring up on the unsuspecting victims and quickly deprive them of their valuable possessions. That may seem like a script out of a Team Rocket heist, it is actually happening in the real world, in more dangerous and life threatening ways. Missouri police report arresting four suspects who have allegedly abused Pokemon Go's game mechanics to lure and then rob players of more than just their Pokemon.

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Fallout Shelter comes to PC later this week

Fallout Shelter comes to PC later this week

Everyone's favorite vault management mobile game, Fallout Shelter, is finally making the jump to PC sometime later this week. That means instead of crafting armor, gathering supplies, and maintaining vault dwellers by tapping on your smartphone's screen, you can actually play it with a keyboard and mouse — on the same machine you use to play Fallout 4, even!

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Apple is opening an iOS Developer Academy in Italy this fall

Apple is opening an iOS Developer Academy in Italy this fall

Apple's first iOS App Development Center in Europe will be opening in a few months, and it's been confirmed that the Università di Napoli Federico II in Italy will be hosting the incubator. Originally announced back in January, the center will be a place for aspiring developers to better learn about the iOS app environment, as well as for educators to receive additional support. The Apple-sponsored course will run for nine months, and is open to applications from anywhere in Europe.

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Yahoo’s Facebook Messenger chatbots talk money, weather, monkeys

Yahoo’s Facebook Messenger chatbots talk money, weather, monkeys

If you felt that talking with Yahoo's recently launched Radar traveling planner was more of a constrained, scripted conversation, then these four new Facebook Messenger conversation partners might be more to your liking. Riding on the chatbot wave, Yahoo is introducing not just one but four of them, amusingly for Facebook Messenger (because who still uses Yahoo Messenger?). Three of them let you keep up to date with different kinds of news, but one gives you a virtual pet monkey right in your chat app. Because everyone wants a cute, chatty, virtual pet monkey.

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Pokemon GO servers down : What to do!

Pokemon GO servers down : What to do!

This afternoon Pokemon GO is down for the masses - a temporary server issue due to extreme amounts of stress from the first wave of users. As you might have guessed, the game is now out in the United States (as well as New Zealand and Australia), so we're feeling the rush of thousands if not millions of users coming in and playing non-stop from the moment they sign up to the moment they go to sleep. So my first idea is to wait until bedtime to begin your next quest.

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I won’t install the iOS 10 public beta: This is why

I won’t install the iOS 10 public beta: This is why

I know how temptation feels; most of us feel it too. The latest, must-have beta arrives - in this case, Apple's iOS 10, several months before its full release this fall - and before you know it you're hitting the download button and eagerly installing it onto your precious device. Before you get too carried away, though, stop: there is danger ahead.

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Pokemon GO tips and mistakes I’ve made playing

Pokemon GO tips and mistakes I’ve made playing

Before Pokemon GO launched, I had the opportunity to test the game extensively. I played it as often as I could. That was my first mistake. I've found myself diving in to the game headfirst, attempting to take my entire region by storm - which should be easy since I've only seen one other trainer here in Bismarck, North Dakota taking over Pokemon Gyms. But I found out quickly that I needed to take this experience more in stride. And I needed to stop playing Pokemon GO in the car, immediately.

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