New Pokemon game goes virtually ballistic in China

POKEMON Go mania has players armed with smartphones hunting streets, parks, rivers, landmarks and other sites to capture monsters and gather supplies.

The game blends the real world and virtual world using Global Positioning System cellphone technology, but it also seeks access to the user's personal data, like precise location, e-mail address and the last website visited. As a starter, Pikachu does not have any particular advantages over the other three. Who are the "third parties" that Pokemon Go is able to share information with? The Pokemon Go app uses your phone's Global Positioning System to held figure out where you are and find the Pokemon that are secretly existing around you (they'll show up on your phone, not jumping out from behind trees or something). We're guessing that he won't be playing Pokemon Go while he waits for an answer. Swipe the ball upwards, and you can virtually capture the Pokémon, earning points and leveling up.

Fortune magazine reports that "Pokemon Go was installed on more than 5% of all the Android devices in the USA, surpassing popular mobile-dating app Tinder, which was running on a little over 2% of all Android devices" and "the game's daily active user count is about to match (and probably exceed) that of Twitter's TWTR 2.20%, Similarweb reported". The more you catch, the higher you go in levels. Among the queries: What exactly will players' data would be used for?

The company says Google will soon "reduce Pokemon Go's permission" to only the limited information it needs to access for playability [UPDATE: Niantic has now released Pokemon Go 1.1, an update for the iOS version of the game which it says fixes the privacy and security issue with Google apps]. The game has even helped to uncover a dead body. To play the game you have to walk, alot.

First of all, let's go through a little Pokemon Go debriefing.

From overloaded servers to accidentally accessing players' Google account information, it was quickly apparent that Caterpie and Weedle aren't the only bugs wiggling around within Pokemon GO.

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