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Pokemon GO takes over America

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>> From Manhattan's Central Park in New York to San Francisco's Embarcadero, Nintendo's Pokemon Go mobile app game has instantly hooked America. It's not even been a week since it launched, and already with millions of downloads, it may have more users than Twitter. I'm Reuters' Jane Lanhee Lee in San Francisco here with Jeffrey Dastin, and we're checking out the Pokemon players here at Embarcadero.
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Almost everyone who's looking at their phone seems to be catching Pokemon. So how does it work? Well, when you walk around with the app outside, or even in the office, you'll have little Pokemon, Pikachus, all these little monsters, pop up. You just throw one of these Pokemon traps and you trap them.
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You're not really competing with anyone, because even when I'm standing here with Jeffrey, we can both go after the Pokemon, and we'll both get them. But once you get to level five, you get together with other people at Pokemon gyms. There's one right here nearby, and you can battle it out.
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>> Pokemon Go has been long in the making. In March of 2014, Google had a promotional video where you can go into Google Maps, scour the Earth, and find Pokemon, from forest to deserts. And everyone at the time thought it was just an April Fools' joke. But in fact, several months later some developers went around inside Google to different units.
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Then in October 2015, that unit announced that Nintendo and the Pokemon company had invested in it.>> For now it's glitchy, and there are lots of complaints about that. And if you're worried about your phone battery, don't play! It drained mine in an hour. Also, be careful about playing and walking.
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Many anecdotes on social media of people of people getting hurt doing that. Worse, O'Fallon Missouri Police Department even saying on Facebook that some are using it to lure and rob people. You can apparently send up a beacon to lure people into play, but in this case, another kind of monster was waiting.
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While the app is so far only available in the US, Australia, and New Zealand, it's created a huge rally in Nintendo stock.