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Well, here’s a bit of surprise news this evening: at some point in the future, Pokémon GO is going to wrap the player’s sleep habits into the gameplay.
It’ll come as part of a wider initiative by The Pokémon Company to — as CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara put it in a press conference this evening — “turn sleep into entertainment”. Which… well, we’ll see how that goes.
Niantic CEO John Hanke took the stage at the press conference for a moment, but didn’t really offer much in the way of details. Said Hanke:
Niantic pioneered a new kind of gaming by turning the whole world into a gameboard, where we can all play and explore. By creating a new way to see the world and an incentive to go outside and exercise, we hoped to encourage a healthy lifestyle and to make a positive impact on our players and on the world. We’re delighted to be working with The Pokémon Company on their efforts to encourage another part of a healthy lifestyle: getting a good night’s rest.
At Niantic, we love exploring the world on foot. And that can’t happen unless we have the energy to embark on these adventures. We’re excited to find ways to reward good sleep habits in Pokémon GO as part of a healthy lifestyle. You’ll be hearing more from us on this in the future.
Ishihara also announced that The Pokémon Company is working with SELECT BUTTON (the company behind the 2017 mobile title Magikarp Jump) to make a separate game called Pokémon SLEEP. Next to no details on that one yet, though, besides a launch window of sometime in 2020 and the logo:
All of it will tap a just-announced device called Pokémon GO+ Plus (Yeah. Two plusses, one written. Go Plus Plus.) It’s a follow-up to the original GO+, which was built primarily to let you play Pokémon GO without actually looking at your phone’s screen. The GO Plus Plus will do everything the GO+ did (letting you tap a button to spin Pokéstops, or catch nearby Pokémon) but also has a built-in accelerometer allowing it to be laid on your bed to track sleep habits and send’em back to your phone via Bluetooth.
And here’s a screenshot of a video that played alongside the announcement, showing the device as it’s meant to be used:
A desperate search is underway on the Hawaiian island of Maui for a 35-year-old experienced hiker who went for a hike on Wednesday and didn’t return. The family of Amanda Eller is offering a $ 10,000 reward for information leading to her safe return, reports Maui News . Eller went out…
The San Francisco crypto exchange Kraken has announced the company is offering a $ 100,000 reward in exchange for a solid lead toward finding the missing Quadrigacx coins. Kraken has explained the company wants to bring more “awareness and attention” to the case and hopefully locate some of the lost funds.
$ 100,000 Reward for the Best Lead to Discovery
On Jan. 26, 2019, the Canadian cryptocurrency exchange Quadrigacx lost a significant amount of digital assets that belonged to customers totaling $ 190 million. However, almost two months before the disclosure of losses, the Quadrigacx founder and chief executive officer Gerald Cotten passed away and allegedly he was the only individual with access to the private keys. Although, since then there have been many investigations into the matter, alleged wallet movements and other oddities tied to the Quadrigacx loss. Because of the odd circumstances, the cryptocurrency exchange Kraken announced in a blog post that it is offering $ 100,000 if someone helps them find the missing funds. “Some say the events and circumstances surrounding this case are too suspicious to be believed,” Kraken’s post explained.
In order for armchair detectives and blockchain sleuths to partake in helping with the investigation, the exchange has released two podcasts that offer more details about the Quadrigacx situation. Kraken chief executive officer Jesse Powell had already offered assistance on helping the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on Feb. 4, when he said Kraken had tabs on “thousands of wallet addresses known to belong to Quadrigacx.”
“[We] are investigating the bizarre and, frankly, unbelievable story of the founder’s death and lost keys. I’m not normally calling for subpoenas but if the RCMP are looking into this, contact Kraken,” Powell stated at the time.
Now the San Francisco trading platform is offering a large sum of money to shed light on the case and possibly recover some of the funds that are owed to 115,000 customers.
“Kraken is giving up to $ 100,000 USD (fiat or crypto) as a reward for the tip(s) that best lead to the discovery of the missing $ 190 million US dollars,” Kraken’s blog post on Thursday said.
Situations Like the Quadrigacx Loss Impact the Entire Industry
There’s been a lot of clues tethered to the Quadrigacx situation and just recently it was revealed that Cotten explained in a 2014 podcast that he kept customers’ bitcoins printed on paper and kept them in a safety deposit box at the bank. The remaining owners of Quadrigacx have been seeking protection from creditors by using the legal system. According to Cotten’s widow and other Quadrigacx employees, the owner was the only person who had the keys holding 11,278 BCH, 26,488 BTC, 35,320 BTG, 11,149 BSV, 429,966 ETH, and 199,888 LTC.
Kraken explained during the company’s Quadrigacx reward announcement that the firm was integral in helping out with the Mt. Gox investigation. “Since 2014 we have invested significant resources and lent our crypto expertise to the Mt. Gox trustee and investigators, supporting the return of as much client funds as possible and as soon as possible — Events like this impact the entire industry, which is why we want to get involved if there’s a way we can help,” the exchange detailed.
What do you think about Kraken offering a $ 100,000 reward for a solid tip toward helping find the missing Quadrigacx funds? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.
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Apple has fixed a FaceTime privacy glitch uncovered by a 14-year-old—and the teen is getting a reward for his effort. The glitch could let someone hear live audio on another person’s phone, even though that person hadn’t answered the FaceTime group call, reports CNN . It was also possible in…
Hormel Foods and Jennie-O say they’ll donate the $ 25,000 it had offered in reward money for information leading to Jayme Closs directly to the 13-year-old girl, the AP reports. Jayme was kidnapped from her home in Barron, Wisconsin, on Oct. 15 and both of her parents were killed. She…
Joshua Quick is being hailed as a hero—now, if only he would agree. “I want to offer my gratitude to everybody,” said the second-year Florida State University law student Friday at a meeting of FSU’s board of trustees, per the Tallahassee Democrat . “Thank you all for the recognition I…
A total reward of $ 20,000 is being offered in the case of a 13-year-old girl kidnapped from a North Carolina mobile home park, per the AP . Gov. Roy Cooper’s office is offering $ 5,000 for information that leads to Hania Noelia Aguilar, while the FBI is offering $ 15,000….
Days after Africa’s youngest billionaire was kidnapped , Mohammed Dewji’s family is offering a $ 440,000 reward for information leading to his rescue. Dewji, said to be Tanzania’s only billionaire, was taken by masked gunmen on his way into a gym in the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam Thursday morning….
Starting next year, United Airlines will make it more difficult to reach the MileagePlus plans’ most elite status level — Premier 1K — but the carrier is offering a new perk for such top-tier fliers.
Starting Jan. 1, members of the loyalty reward program must spend a minimum of $ 15,000 and accumulate…
In today’s edition of Bitcoin in Brief we cover a couple of stories that show how the cryptocurrency industry is trying to police itself. One group of companies has begun working on the formation of a self-regulatory organization and another has created a 100 BTC whistleblower reward pool.
Crypto Self-Regulatory Organization
A number of companies have jointly formed a Working Group to try and establish an industry-sponsored, self-regulatory organization (SRO) for cryptocurrency marketplaces operating in the USA. Initial participants in the Virtual Commodity Association (VCA) Working Group will include: Bitstamp, Bitflyer USA, Bittrex, and Gemini Trust. The VCA will have an executive director, independent board, and be tasked with establishing a framework for industry best practices. The VCA interim Executive Director will be Maria Filipakis, former Executive Deputy Superintendent at the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) which created the state’s Bitlicense.
“We’re proud to be a part of the Virtual Commodity Association as a way to add another element of protection for consumers,” stated Nejc Kodrič, Bitstamp CEO. “We believe in the value of self-regulation, which we pursued in Europe almost from our inception, and look forward to following a similar path in the U.S. Those that can’t or won’t comply with regulations put consumers – and their own operations – at risk.”
100 BTC Whistleblower Reward
Another group of actors in the industry (including Ecoinmerce, ICO Alert, GZH, Step VC, and New Economies) has created the Crypto Community Watch, a program which provides an anonymous tip line to report wrongdoing. The group has provided a total of 100 BTC to be used as a reward pool for whistleblowers, meaning people with information on fraudulent or illegal activity from within the industry. They explain that if reported information leads directly to the arrest or legal punishment of a wrongdoer, the whistleblower responsible for it will receive a portion of the reward pool. And all submissions will be investigated by Crypto Community Watch members and sent to applicable law enforcement agencies when appropriate.
“From the recent exchange hacks to the nearly-weekly reports of fraudulent projects taking off with investors’ money, it’s clear that crypto has a problem,” said Ecoinmerce COO Rex Chen. “Enough is enough. It’s up to the industry first and the regulators second to clean up the ecosystem. If you spend your time hacking, scamming, or intentionally misleading investors, your time is up.”
SBI Helps Lastroots With FSA Order
SBI Holdings has an announced on Monday that it has made an additional investment in Lastroots, an exchange that was issued a business improvement order earlier this year by the Japanese FSA. The undisclosed infusion of capital is meant to help the company get itself into shape to become a licensed virtual currency exchange business in Japan. And in addition to the extra funds, SBI also “dispatched officers to Lastroots in order to respond to the order of business improvement received…on April 6, 2018 to strengthen the management system.”
More broadly, the investment announcement explained that “The SBI Group is expanding its contribution and partnerships with digital asset-related venture companies and will promote the creation of digital asset real demand through investment in domestic and overseas venture companies that are engaged in business utilizing digital assets and developing new products. We believe that it will contribute to the expansion and development of digital asset industry / business in the future.”
New Exchange Secures Fiat-Crypto Liquidity
Coinmetro, an Estonia-licensed crypto exchange which has been founded by the same team behind the forex broker FX Pig, has announced it secured liquidity for trading in EUR, USD, JPY, and GBP from a number of payment and e-money institutions. This means that when it launches later this year, users will be able to trade five cryptocurrencies (BTC, ETH, XRP, LTC and BCH) against all these fiat currencies. The platform will also accept Euro deposits and withdrawals via the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) upon launch, supported by an Estonian banking provider. The company explains that additional banking partners are being sourced in order to offer other transaction options, and these are expected to be announced later this year.
CEO Kevin Murcko said: “One of the difficulties of getting involved with crypto is “on-ramping” – finding somewhere to buy crypto in exchange for fiat money. Despite Bitcoin moving further into the mainstream and attracting established financial institutions, locating an exchange that will convert dollars, pounds, or euros to crypto is still irritatingly difficult. While some multi-coin exchanges have recently announced plans to begin accepting fiat and the creation of fiat trading pairs, their offerings are still very limited. Most exchanges permit only one or, at most, two currencies for trading with crypto, which for serious traders, is still far too restrictive.”
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