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Pokemon GO blocked from China release, missing out on population of 1.3b

Pokemon GO blocked from China release, missing out on population of 1.3b

It looks like Pokemon GO is going to lose a large chunk of potential players, as China has put a hold on the game's release for the time being. That means Pokemon GO won't be able to tap into the country of 1.3 billion people, at least not until it addresses some of China's concerns. Given the sheer number of people in China, Pokemon GO developer Niantic may be moved to do just that.

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Razer’s secret project theft now has $25k reward

Razer’s secret project theft now has $25k reward

Earlier in the day, we told you that Razer was the victim of a theft in which two of its prototypes were stolen from its CES booth. We've received new details from Razer about the nature of the theft, with the company confirming what, exactly, was stolen and the reward it's offering for information on the theft. As it turns out, Razer wasn't kidding when it said it takes these missing prototypes seriously.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda season pass a no-go, but DLC is still likely

Mass Effect: Andromeda season pass a no-go, but DLC is still likely

Mass Effect: Andromeda is on the horizon, but unlike so many other Electronic Arts games, don't expect to see a season pass launch alongside it. Mass Effect: Andromeda won't have one, breaking with a convention that has seen increased popularity in recent years. That's especially true for the games Electronic Arts publishes - both Battlefield 1 and Star Wars: Battlefront has season passes available before launch day.

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The death of FM radio begins in Norway

The death of FM radio begins in Norway

The days of FM radio are numbered, at least in Norway. Beginning later this week, Norway will begin switching off its FM radio network as it transitions to Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB). It's the first country to commit to such a change, though depending on how it goes, other countries may soon follow suit.

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Facebook is becoming YouTube with mid-roll video ads

Facebook is becoming YouTube with mid-roll video ads

We knew they were coming sooner or later, and now ads in Facebook videos seem to be right around the corner. A new report claims that Facebook will soon put mid-roll ads in News Feed videos, splitting the revenue with content creators. This is a big step in Facebook's effort to pull content publishers away from YouTube, though even with ad revenue streaming in for creators, Facebook still has its work cut out for it.

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Canned Mega Bloks Halo game surfaces in new leak

Canned Mega Bloks Halo game surfaces in new leak

Halo has turned into quite the franchise over the years, with 13 games falling under its umbrella since Halo: Combat Evolved first released in 2001. Today we're learning about a Halo game that never made it to release, though this one is quite a bit different than any other Halo game ever created. Say hello to Mega Bloks Halo, a recently uncovered prototype that shows off a more kid-friendly version of the shooter series.

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Thief makes off with two Razer prototypes from CES booth

Thief makes off with two Razer prototypes from CES booth

Razer put on a pretty good show at CES 2017, announcing two new products that captured a lot of attention, but things turned sour for the company by the time the show wrapped up. According to Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan, someone stole two prototypes from the company's booth at CES. Tan didn't say which prototypes were stolen, but considering the two big announcements Razer made at CES, it isn't hard to imagine what the thief was after.

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Honda’s Riding Assist Motorcycle keeps itself upright without gyroscopes

Honda’s Riding Assist Motorcycle keeps itself upright without gyroscopes

While the NeuV system may have been the star of Honda's CES 2017 demonstrations, the car company also had another prototype on-hand that shouldn't be overlooked. Say hello to Honda's Riding Assist Motorcycle, a concept bike that keeps itself upright when its at rest. We've seen motorcycles capable of such a feat before, but there's one important difference in the Honda Riding Assist (which is currently its fitting - if not a little boring - name).

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Internet Archive rolls out new collection of Trump videos

Internet Archive rolls out new collection of Trump videos

Just a couple of weeks before he's scheduled to take office, the Internet Archive has announced the launch of new Trump archive. This archive plans to collect video clips of President-elect Trump, including a range of different appearances that include interviews, speeches, news clips, and debates. Though the archive just launched and is very much considered a work in progress, it already features more than 520 hours of video content.

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This is how to share iPhone Live Photos on Instagram

This is how to share iPhone Live Photos on Instagram

If you're an iPhone user and you've been itching for a way to upload your Live Photos to Instagram, then good news: you can now do exactly that by turning them into Boomerangs. Instagram is rolling out this new functionality right now, giving users a somewhat easy way to upload Live Photos to Instagram Stories. Best of all is the fact that you won't need to update the app to begin doing this - assuming your app is on the current version, you should see these features pop up automatically.

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Awesome Games Done Quick 2017 speed running event kicks off this Sunday

Awesome Games Done Quick 2017 speed running event kicks off this Sunday

One of the year's largest gaming marathons, Awesome Games Done Quick 2017, is set to begin this Sunday. The event will last nearly a full week, kicking off at 11:30 AM Eastern on January 8 and then wrapping up in the wee hours of the morning on Sunday, January 15. In between those beginning and end times, speed runners from all around the world will run their favorite games in front of a live audience.

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Nintendo Switch gets a second live stream event to show off games

Nintendo Switch gets a second live stream event to show off games

This week may be all about CES 2017, but next week is certainly shaking up to be the week of Nintendo Switch. Nintendo already has plans to host a Switch-focused live stream on January 12, but it has also announced that it will be back with another stream the day after. On January 13, Nintendo will be back in front of the cameras in what it's calling a "Treehouse" event, this time to give us an in-depth look at the games announced during the January 12 stream.

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