The Pokemon was us all along

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The Pokemon was us all along
July 11th, 2016
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The calm before the takestorm


"The Pokemon was us all along," realizes Esquire's Luke O’Neil, after BuzzFeed's Joseph Bernstein showed us all the data Pokemon Go is collecting from our phones (at 2,500 shocked shares so far -- shocked!). Put another way, per CNN's David Daniel: "As you collect 'em all with #PokemonGO, here's what Nintendo is collecting about you." In layman's terms, if you signed up with your Google account to play Pokemon Go, Niantic has access to your Google account. Or as the author Bernstein describes it, "gotta catch ‘em all. “all” = your private information. you’re sheep, i’m sheep, we’re sheep." Even more charmingly put  by Anthony Crupi: "Pokemon Go F**k Yourself. Why America's latest dopey craze is a hacker's wet dream." James Downie at the Washington Post advises, "Even the not-so-paranoid should probably think twice about using Pokemon Go on iOS devices." Of course, we can always count on a few good skeptics to bring us back down to earth when the threat of anxiety becomes too great: "Articles designed to scare ppl about normal data collection are by far the worst takes in the Pokemon Go takestorm," resolves Eric Geller at POLITICOPro.

Perhaps it's all a ruse to distract us from the surprising new evidence that shows racial bias in police use of force, but not in shootings. How surprising? The Harvard study's author Roland G. Fryer, Jr. calls it  "the most surprising result of my career." "The study everyone's talking about today on police use of force and race (note it's a working paper, not reviewed)," observes Ben Swasey at WBUR-FM. "Study by (black) Harvard economist finds cops LESS likely to use deadly force on black suspect vs. white. TOLD YOU!" crows Larry Elder at KRLA-AM. "But for incidents other than shootings, there are clear disparities," underscores Farhad Manjoo at the New York Times. And here, again, the headline received some pushback: "A study looked at 1.6 million arrests in Houston, selecting five serious arrest codes that account for 16,000, or 1% of the total," notes The Atlantic's Yoni Appelbaum, before continuing, "Researchers then randomly sampled 5% of the 1%—or 800 incidents. And somehow, that produced headlines like this." At the NY Times, Binyamin Appelbaum cautions, "If your sentence about Fryer's findings on police shootings doesn't include the modifier "in Houston" you are overstating those conclusions" then adds, "Put differently, I don't understand Fryer's reasons for presenting these findings as if they were national." At Scientific American, Alex Wild pleads, "Dear ppl talking about the police shootings study, Please note the small non-random sample of cities." You better believe WaPo's Wesley Lowery has something to say about it, too: "Aren’t more white people than black people killed by police? Yes, but no."

In breaking news, two bailiffs and an inmate are dead after the inmate got hold of a gun at a courthouse in Michigan, which was not the news we wanted after last week's carnage. "Stop! Please, just stop," begs KPNX anchor Mark Curtis. Michigan's governor says the courthouse has been secured. In politics, Evan Bayh reportedly is mounting a Senate return, which could tip the balance in November. "Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water," quips Joshua Holland at The Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute. Meanwhile, Donald Trump supposedly will make his mind up on his VP pick in the "next three to four days." Howard Kurtz with Fox News speculates, "Trump seems to rule out Flynn, doesn't want 'anti-establishment' figure but does want 'chemistry' with his No. 2." At FusionMark Gimein wonders, "So does this mean its Christie? No danger of him helping the ticket."

But in your daily dose of "maybe there's hope for us, after all," opposing protesters met in Dallas --  and hugged out their differences. KSAT's Myra Arthur reacts, "A million times THIS."

Question of the day


Our last question asked: The Nivea lotion company commissioned a crazy ad campaign that depicts what? Bear with us on this one: it's a seagull-shaped drone that poops out sunscreen onto unsuspecting, un-protected children. Yes, really. According to one judge at the Cannes Film Festival, “It’s the most stupid thing I think I’ve seen in my whole life. I actually thought the Monty Python team had gotten together and entered it into [Cannes], to see if we would vote for it.”

Congrats to Mark Gibbs for being the very first to get that right (and for smartly observing, "Shame promo wasn't for A1 Steak Sauce or Ball Park hotdogs")! Honorable mentions go out to these fine folks for also answering correctly: Craig PittmanLaura Kath (who blithely adds the hashtag #RepoorpuseTheBird"),  Charlotte LoBuono (who muses "May as well put the birds to work!") and Ron Casalotti (who quips "Putting a different 'S' in SPF"). Oh, we get you.

As for today's question, here it is: What big retirement was announced in sports just today?

Click here to submit your answers to @MuckRack. IMPORTANT: If you choose not to click that link, please include the word "answer" in your tweet so we can find it (the link will automatically do so for you)!

... We’ll announce the winners in the next Daily!

Career Updates
Carrie Budoff Brown named Politico editor


Politico has announced a successor for Susan B. GlasserPolitico Europe managing editor Carrie Budoff Brown (at right) will be their next editor, as Glasser heads to Jerusalem as chief foreign affairs columnist. Glasser will continue to lead the newsroom through the presidential election, while Brown works on relocating from Brussels to Washington later this summer.

"One of first, most thorough and nicest people I met at Politico in 2010," declares NYT's Maggie Haberman.

Meredith Shiner with Yahoo News similarly reacts, "It's rare in DC for the smart, talented & kind people to rise to the top. This @cbudoffbrown fills me with pride."

At the Associated PressLisa Lerer is also excited, but has a question: "This @cbudoffbrown is great! Congrats! (But does it mean I have to return your stuff?!)"

... we'd love to know the story behind that one!

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