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Russian Election Meddling Extended to Pokemon Go

According to a CNN investigation

(Newser) - Even Pokemon Go wasn't safe from Russian election-tampering efforts, CNN reports following an investigation into the pre-election activities of the Internet Research Agency. The investigation found the Kremlin-linked troll farm operated a Facebook page for a group called "Don't Shoot Us" that purported to be part of... More »

You Had One Job, Pokemon Go Fest

Festival turns disastrous, offers thousands of refunds

(Newser) - The first-ever Pokemon Go Fest—held Saturday at Grant Park in Chicago—was forced to refund its approximately 15,000 to 20,000 attendees after it proved near-impossible for them to actually play Pokemon Go at the event, the Chicago Tribune reports. According to TechCrunch , every cell network was down... More »

Charge: Watchman Murdered Grandpa Playing Pokemon Go

Security guard says it was self-defense; prosecutors disagree

(Newser) - A 22-year-old security guard has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a Virginia grandfather whose family says he was playing Pokemon Go in an effort to connect with his grandchildren. WTKR reports Johnathan Cromwell was working as a security guard for a Chesapeake neighborhood last January... More »

Napping Parents, Guard Your Thumbprints

A 6-year-old in Arkansas shows why

(Newser) - The most famous, and unlikeliest, hacker in the news this week is little Ashlynd Howell of Little Rock, Ark. The exploits of the enterprising 6-year-old first came to light in a Wall Street Journal story about the difficulties of keeping presents a secret in the digital age. It seems that... More »

Pokemon Go Could Revolutionize Disaster Relief

By turning it into a game

(Newser) - Pokemon Go could save us all. Smithsonian Magazine reports the popular mobile game, and others like it, could be a force for good—and not just distracted injuries and surprise discoveries —during emergencies. Picture this: A major hurricane strikes the East Coast, and Pokemon Go switches into "Red... More »

Pokemon Go Could Help You Live Longer

All those additional steps could boost longevity, scientists say

(Newser) - More people than ever are squeezing in some light cardio on the streets of America thanks to Pokemon Go, and that game play may also have a side benefit that could increase users' life spans—to the tune of 2.83 million combined years for the estimated 25 million US... More »

Norway PM Busted Playing Pokemon Go in Parliament

"We ladies can do two things at the same time you know," says another Pokemon-obsessed pol

(Newser) - Another Norwegian politician has been nabbed playing Pokemon Go when she should be policy-making. This time it was Prime Minister Erna Solberg, who was snapped tapping away at her phone Tuesday during a debate in Parliament, the Guardian reports. It's not necessarily that the debate was a snooze. Solberg,... More »

Pokemon Go Sex-Offender Ban Raises Eyebrows

Civil liberties advocates have issues with NY parolee mandate

(Newser) - Sex offenders in New York state will find a new restriction they'll have to agree to before they're granted parole: no playing Internet games like Pokemon Go, the New York Times reports. Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed the policy through earlier this month after two Democratic state senators conducted... More »

College Student Shot Dead Playing Pokemon Go

Family friend says someone was watching him

(Newser) - A 20-year-old college baseball player was shot dead while playing Pokemon Go in San Francisco on Saturday in a crime a police officer says "makes no sense." Authorities say Calvin Riley of San Mateo was shot at the bustling Aquatic Park in the Fisherman's Wharf area, frequented... More »

Parents Abandon Toddler to Catch Pokemon: Cops

The boy was found filthy and screaming, say San Tan Valley police

(Newser) - When not falling off cliffs or making illegal border crossings , people are allegedly abandoning their kids in search of Pokemon. Arizona police say Brent Daley, 27, and Brianne Daley, 25, left their 2-year-old son home alone for at least 90 minutes on Thursday night while playing Pokemon Go, reports Tucson... More »

Who's Not Making Much Off of Pokemon Go: Nintendo

Investors dump stock when they realize Nintendo doesn't make game, company suffers $6.7B loss

(Newser) - With the smashing success of Pokemon Go , one would think Nintendo must be happier than a Jigglypuff . But in a statement Friday, the company says that even though its share price initially spiked, it's not going to reap great financial rewards from the game and that the impact on... More »

Pokemon Go Results in Illegal Border Crossing

The teens from Canada were reunited with mom

(Newser) - In their quest to "catch'em all," two Canadian teens were caught themselves—by the US Border Patrol, the CBC reports. “Both juveniles were so captivated by their Pokemon Go games that they lost track of where they were," per a Border Patrol press release . The... More »

Syrian Children Hold Pictures of Pokemon to Get Found: Report

'I never imagined we would like to become a game in order to gain the world’s attention'

(Newser) - Children in war-torn Syria are holding pictures of Pokemon in the hopes the rest of the world, currently obsessing over Pokemon Go, will take notice, the Independent reports. According to Vocativ , photos of the children started circulating online Wednesday, the same day airstrikes in the city of Idlib killed more... More »

Saudis Renew Fatwa Against Pokemon

'Un-Islamic' game not welcome in kingdom

(Newser) - It didn't take a Pikachu poking his head up at the Kaaba for Saudi religious authorities to denounce Pokemon. The country's top religious authority has renewed a 2001 ban on the "un-Islamic" game, though it made no mention of the Pokemon Go augmented-reality game currently conquering the... More »

Driver Pokemon-Goes Right Into Police Car: Cops

'That's what I get for playing this dumb-a-- game': distracted Baltimore driver

(Newser) - Even a Legendary may not be able to get a young man from Baltimore out of trouble after his SUV ran into a police car early Monday while he was allegedly playing Pokemon Go, the Baltimore Sun reports. USA Today notes body-camera video was released that shows a Toyota RAV4... More »

Pokemon Players Fall Off Cliff, Others Find More Bodies

And 2 more were banned from their local zoo

(Newser) - The unraveling of society is continuing apace following the release of Pokemon Go . The Los Angeles Times reports two men playing the insanely popular augmented reality game fell off a bluff Wednesday in Encinitas, California. One fell 50 feet and was knocked unconscious; the other fell between 75 and 100... More »

Everything You Need to Know About Pokémon Go

Just make sure you don't break your foot

(Newser) - Pokémon Go has proven to be a hit with players since it launched in the US, Australia, and New Zealand last week. The augmented reality smartphone game also is a "certified financial hit," writes the Atlantic . Need proof? Just look at Nintendo, which owns a 32% stake... More »

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