‘Cooking Mama,” a cooking simulation video game available on Nintendo Switch, is now being scrutinized after fans of the game revealed that the app is secretly mining cryptocurrencies. This weekend, a Redditor posted a complaint against the app saying that “Cooking Mama: Cookstar,” heats up devices after it mines Bitcoin. Unfortunately, the post has now been deleted by Nintendo Switch.
Report: Cooking Mama not just for cooking food, it also cooks your Switch by mining cryptos
This weekend, cooking game “Cooking Mama” and its recent installment “Cooking Mama: Cookstar,” went trending on social media. This was after fans of the game accused the Switch game of posing as a cryptocurrency mining technology. The speculations increased when more players of the game experienced difficulty while playing, while some insisted that their Nintendo Switch overheated when they opened the app.
The rumors were further fueled after Nintendo Switch deleted the app from its eShop — just hours after its initial release on March 26. The company has not yet commented on their action. The developers, however, chose to release a statement on the matter:
“As the developers, we can say with certainty there is no cryptocurrency or data collection or blockchain or anything else shady in the code. The Nintendo Switch is a very safe platform, with none of the data and privacy issues associated with some mobile and PC games.” they said in a statement. “This is a release from Feb 2019, and we presume hypothetical like most releases about blockchain are. Blockchain was never brought up to us developers, and we were entertained to hear about in late 2019. Not happening anytime soon.”
How did the Cooking Mama-cryptocurrency controversy start?
The first person who reported the alleged crypto mining of “Cooking Mama” was from Reddit. With its title “WARNING! Cooking Mama: Cookstar uses your Switch to mine cryptocurrency. DELETE IMMEDIATELY,” the post already had 59 comments after Nintendo Switch took it down.
As speculated by most players, “Cooking Mama: Cookstar” was being used by third parties to mine cryptocurrencies without players’ or developers’ knowledge.
As was said on the PSA published on Twitter, Planet Entertainment — that has access to Cookstar’s publishing — does not know that there were third parties mining cryptos on each of the player’s devices.
Cooking Mama: Cookstar only available now in North America and Europe
On April 6, “Cooking Mama: Cookstar” posted on their Twitter account that everything in the game is under control. The page did not offer any explanation on the crypto mining issue. It said that North America and European stores would have first access to the game despite Switch’s cancelation.
We know that Cookstar fans are anxiously awaiting for the game to appear in the eShop. As everybody is aware, the whole world is upside down with delays right now. At Planet Entertainment, we are as anxious as you for the digital download to be available! — Cooking Mama: Cookstar (@CookstarMama) April 6, 2020
Britain in talks with 6 firms about building gigafactories for EV batteries
Britain is in talks with six companies about building gigafactories to produce batteries for electric vehicles (EV), the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing people briefed on the discussions.
Car makers Ford Motor Co and Nissan Motor Co Ltd, conglomerates LG Corp and Samsung, and start-ups Britishvolt and InoBat Auto are in talks with the British government or local authorities about locations for potential factories and financial support, the report added .
(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Himani Sarkar)
EBay to sell South Korean unit for about $3.6 billion to Shinsegae, Naver
EBay Korea is the country’s third-largest e-commerce firm with market share of about 12.8% in 2020, according to Euromonitor. It operates the platforms Gmarket, Auction and G9.
Shinsegae, Naver and eBay Korea declined to comment.
Lotte Shopping had also been in the running, the Korea Economic Daily and other newspapers said, citing unnamed investment banking sources.
South Korea represents the world’s fourth largest e-commerce market. Driven by the coronavirus pandemic, e-commerce has soared to account for 35.8% of the retail market in 2020 compared with 28.6% in 2019, according to Euromonitor data.
Shinsegae and Naver formed a retail and e-commerce partnership in March by taking stakes worth 250 billion won in each other’s affiliates.
($1 = 1,117.7000 won)
(Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)
Canada launches long-awaited auction of 5G spectrum
The 3,500 MHz is a spectrum companies need to provide 5G, which requires more bandwidth to expand internet capabilities.The auction, initially scheduled for June 2020, is expected to take several weeks with Canadian government selling off 1,504 licenses in 172 service areas.
Smaller operators are going into the auction complaining that recent regulatory rulings have further tilted the scales in the favour of the country’s three biggest telecoms companies – BCE, Telus and Rogers Communications Inc – which together control around 90% of the market as a share of revenue.
Canadian mobile and internet consumers, meanwhile, have complained for years that their bills are among the world’s steepest. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has threatened to take action if the providers did not cut bills by 25%.
The last auction of the 600 MHz spectrum raised C$3.5 billion ($2.87 billion) for the government.
The companies have defended themselves, saying the prices they charge are falling.
Some 23 bidders including regional players such as Cogeco and Quebec’s Videotron are participating in the process. Shaw Communications did not apply to participate due to a $16 billion takeover bid from Rogers. Lawmakers and analysts have warned that market concentration will intensify if that acquisition proceeds.
In May, after Canada‘s telecoms regulator issued a ruling largely in favour of the big three on pricing for smaller companies’ access to broadband networks, internet service provider TekSavvy Inc withdrew from the auction, citing the decision.
Some experts say the government has been trying to level the playing field with its decision to set aside a proportion of spectrum in certain areas for smaller companies.
Gregory Taylor, a spectrum expert and associate professor at the University of Calgary, said he was pleased the government was auctioning off smaller geographic areas of coverage.
In previous auctions where the license covered whole provinces, “small providers could not participate because they could not hope to cover the range that was required in the license,” Taylor said.
Smaller geographic areas mean they have a better chance of fulfilling the requirements for the license, such as providing service to 90% of the population within five years of the issuance date.
The auction has no scheduled end date, although the federal ministry in charge of the spectrum auction has said winners would be announced within five days of bidding completion.
($1 = 1.2181 Canadian dollars)
(Reporting by Moira Warburton in Vancouver; Editing by David Gregorio)