You Will Lose All Your Oculus Games If You Delete Your Facebook Account

If you own a Oculus Quest, Quest 2, Rift, or Rift S and have linked your Oculus account to Facebook, you will permanently lose all access to your games, purchases, and progress should you happen to delete your Facebook account.As reported by UploadVR, this news came about following the launch of the Oculus Quest 2, which is the first Oculus headset to require owners to log in with a Facebook account.

As verified by IGN and seen in the screenshot we’ve captured below, when you attempt to delete your Facebook account, it says “Deleting your Facebook account will also delete your Oculus information. This includes app purchases and your achievements. You will no longer be able to return any apps and will lose any existing store credits.”

If you were to deactivate your Facebook account, on the other hand, you would lose access to Oculus products and information, but would be able to get them back if you were to reactivate the account.

This is another issue and fear that have all stemmed from the news that Oculus VR will start requiring Facebook accounts. While Oculus Quest 2 requires it now, those with older Oculus hardware won’t have to do so until January 1, 2023. However, first-time users will need to log in using a Facebook account.

As for the Oculus Quest 2 itself, we gave it a 9/10 in our review, and said it “improves over its predecessor in a lot of little ways, with a few small drawbacks like the enlarged controllers and cheaper strap. But its wireless nature, ease of use, and accessible price still make it a killer VR headset.”

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Uncharted Movie: Mark Wahlberg May Have Confirmed Sully’s Mustache

Mark Wahlberg, on his Instagram, may very well have given us our first look at his version of Victor “Sully” Sullivan in the upcoming Uncharted movie that also stars Tom Holland as a younger Nathan Drake, who also gave us a first look at his character earlier this week.

Original story follows. Few things in life are certain, but one of my unshakeable beliefs was that Sully from Uncharted has had a moustache his whole life – probably since birth. That was until today, when set photos from the in-production Uncharted movie possibly revealed that Mark Wahlberg’s take on the character is clean-shaven, and now I don’t know what to believe anymore. The massed ranks of the Internet were similarly rocked by the revelation.

Shared on Twitter, the images were reportedly taken on-set in Berlin, showing Tom Holland’s young Nathan Drake and Wahlberg’s Sully, both dressed in suits. But what really stood out to fans is the lack of facial hair on display:

In the Uncharted game series, Sully – an “American treasure hunter, fortune seeker and businessman, as well as a friend, mentor and father figure to Drake – is shown as both a younger and older man sporting a moustache. With the Uncharted movie acting as an origin story for Nathan Drake, many expected Wahlberg to sport Sully’s younger look from the games, but based on these images, that maybe not be the case.

There are some caveats here. It’s not entirely clear if these pictures were taken during active filming – there’s the chance that what’s seen above is a test shot, and Wahlberg will wear a false moustache for the filming. For the sake of those working on the film, I hope so, because the initial reaction has been a mixture of shock, disbelief and gifs:

Are we looking at the newest moustache-related controversy in popular culture, after Superman’s CGI-ed top lip in Justice League? Only time will tell.

Then again, perhaps we should be happy to see any Uncharted movie news at all, given the film has had seven different directors attached at one time or another. Now that production has finally begun, Tom Holland says it’s “everything I dreamed it would be”.

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Atari Hotel’s Concept Art Shows Off a Futuristic, Cyberpunk-Style Hotel

GSD Group and Gensler have revealed their concept art for the upcoming Atari Hotels that are set to open in Las Vegas, Nevada and Phoenix, Arizona, and they look like something pulled out off a Cyberpunk-style future.The Atari Hotels are meant to be pop culture and video game-inspired, and GSD Group also has plans to have more locations in Austin, Chicago, Denver, San Fransisco, San Joe, and Seattle in the future.

Atari Hotel Concept Art

Atari, known for such classic as Asteroids, Centipede, and PONG, is looking to offer “guests a wholly unique hospitality experience inspired by, and built with, classic and modern video game culture in mind” with these new hotels.

Atari Hotels, which were announced earlier this year, will allow guests to “enjoy the latest in video games, experience cutting-edge immersive entertainment, purchase exclusive Atari Hotels merchandise, and play the night away in retro-style gaming arcades.”

There will also be a speakeasy and nightclub, themed restaurants and bars, and much more.

“I have seen the vision that GSD Group has for Atari Hotels, and they are poised to shatter the perception of what hotels can be,” said Fred Chesnais, CEO of Atari®. “Atari Hotels will create a world that caters to gamers of all ages and experience levels, giving them a place to call home — a groundbreaking experience that shares Atari’s legacy of innovation.” Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to newstips@ign.com.

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What It Means if Companies Like Twitter Are ‘Systemically Important’ to Financial Regulators

When I first suggested Systemically Important Social Media Institutions (SISMIs) were the social media parallel to Systemically Important Financial Institutions (SIFIs), I did not expect the theory to be picked up by financial regulators.

As it turns out, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) essentially agrees with the argument, as seen by its investigation into the recent Twitter hacks. In the “Twitter Investigation Report,” the department recommended creating a “systemically important” designation for large social media companies, like the designation for critically important bank and non-bank financial institutions. 

Jenny Leung is a blockchain and fintech attorney at Blakemore Fallon PLLC dba Ketsal.

If you’re wondering why the New York’s financial services regulator was directed to conduct an investigation into the hack of a California-based social media platform, recall that NYDFS licenses Coinbase, Gemini and Square – all companies affected by the Twitter hack that resulted in losses of approximately $22,000 worth of bitcoin by their customers.

Considering the complex web that binds social media companies with financial companies, the economy, markets and politics, it ultimately wasn’t all that surprising to see a state regulator thrown into the mix. Even Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo noted, “This type of hack by con artists for financial gain can also be a tool of foreign actors and others to spread disinformation and – as we’ve witnessed – disrupt our elections.”

See also: What Happens if Big Tech Only Gets Bigger?

As the Twitter report highlights, more Americans are getting their news from social media. I originally argued that if certain social media institutions were to fail today, their failure would pose a significant threat to society due to their outsized influence, size, reach, society’s co-dependence on them and “their power to shape the interpretation of public events.” In other words, any changes to the way SISMIs operate could lead to rippling effects across the globe. After all, they are centralized companies with highly distributed users and employees. 

NYDFS points out that because no regulators have the authority to uniformly regulate internet-based social media platforms or to oversee their cybersecurity concerns, they recommended:

  • Creating a “systemically important” designation for these companies; i.e., labeling social media companies that cross a certain threshold so as to subject them to further regulatory oversight
  • Establishing an expert agency to oversee designated SISMIs
  • A new regulatory framework for SISMIs

Some complications arise from the imposition of a new regulatory framework. In the U.S. alone, any novel framework would need to factor in President Trump’s executive order on online censorship, the upcoming Federal Communications Commission rulemaking regarding Section 230 of the Communications Act, considerations around ever-changing state privacy laws and a proposed federal data privacy bill, Securities and Exchange Commission regulations for public companies, antitrust and related laws and regulations enforced by the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission – the list goes on. 

Outside of the U.S., setting standards that work well across borders or even harmonizing the laws of various nations is not easy, nor can it be done in a reasonable amount of time. Just look at the Principles for Financial Market Infrastructures (PFMIs) – a series of global standards that apply to systemically important financial market infrastructures that took over a decade to implement.

The Twitter hack and NYDFS Twitter report highlighted an obvious need for a tailored approach to cybersecurity and social media.

Governments around the world have proven they can respond aggressively to social media: Thailand signed an order last week allowing authorities to ban media deemed threatening to national security in response to pro-democracy protests, and Iran implemented a five-day nation-wide shutdown of the internet last year. New global standards may be both necessary and appropriate for SISMIs, yet the changes were needed yesterday and will not magically coalesce tomorrow.

If a new regulatory framework for SISMIs is introduced, we may see an exodus of companies and businesses from certain regions as they engage in regulatory arbitrage. We saw this occur in 2015 when the introduction of the BitLicense resulted in numerous cryptocurrency platforms leaving New York. Similarly, many businesses chose to block European visitors from their websites, shut down completely or restructured operations in response to the introduction of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GPDR) in 2018. 

A novel framework risks fragmenting the social media ecosystem where: (1) users are granted different access, rights and protections depending on their location; and (2) users start turning to censorship-resistant alternatives.

We experienced the latter phenomenon this year in the decentralized finance (DeFi) space as significant volumes of liquidity started to move from centralized exchanges onto DeFi protocols and decentralized exchanges. For many, the attraction was the unstoppable, non-custodial and decentralized nature of the platforms, but for the regulators and enforcement agencies they present “new and unique challenges”

See also: Richard Myers – To Beat Online Censorship, We Need Anonymous Payments

The Twitter hack and NYDFS Twitter report highlighted an obvious need for a tailored approach to cybersecurity and SISMIs, but also unearthed a larger issue – SISMIs are not only too big to fail, they may also be too big to effectively regulate on both a domestic level and international level.

Also hidden in the report is the idea that cryptocurrencies like bitcoin may no longer exist solely within the realm of payments, finance, and trade. It may not be long before we realize that cryptocurrencies have also become embedded into society and economy.

The NYDFS proposals are an important starting point for regulators, policymakers and governments around the world to consider. It is also a warning for the rest of us who continue to use and rely on these centrally controlled, soon-to-be-designated platforms, that Big Brother may be coming to town. In the interim, we may have few options except to trust SISMIs to, among other things, act neutrally and protect our data and the security of their platform. As we take a collective leap of faith, I only hope the gap is shorter than it looks. 

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Ken Kurson, Trump Family Friend and Ripple Board Member, Arrested on Cyberstalking Charge: Report

Ken Kurson, a board member of payments firm Ripple and the co-founder of cryptocurrency website Modern Consensus, was arrested Friday and charged with cyberstalking in connection with his divorce, the New York Times reported

Kurson, who is a close friend of President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is accused of sending threatening messages to several people, the Times said.

There is also evidence Kurson engaged in installing software on someone’s computer to monitor keystrokes, and reporting false accusations to someone’s employer, the complaint reads, according to the Times.

The accusations reportedly came to light during a routine background check of Kurson for a board seat on the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Kurson served as editor-in-chief of the New York Observer when Kushner owned it.

A request for comment from Ripple was not immediately returned.

DeFi Still Needs a Silk Road Moment

Mainstream criminal adoption would prove that decentralized finance (DeFi) is building tools with real utility, because if there’s any one group that is both underserved in its access to sophisticated financial products and willing to pay huge premiums to acquire them, it’s criminals. 

The Silk Road was launched in February of 2011 and quickly became the first example of Bitcoin’s product-market fit. While some proponents of cryptocurrencies argue that today criminal activities are a small percentage of all cryptocurrency transactions, censorship resistance is one of the key features of all decentralized technologies and criminals have played a part in crypto’s wider adoption. 

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Bitcoin’s ability to make payments “the man” doesn’t want you to make is what makes the cumbersome tech worth it. This can include criminal activity such as ransomware and darknet markets (DNMs), but also funding Sci-Hub (a rogue academic publisher) and opposition leaders in oppressive regimes.

Adoption by criminal enterprises is evidence of the product/market fit of censorship-resistant technologies and an indicator of whether innovation will see usage in the non-criminal world. It would have not been possible to create the Silk Road without a truly effective censorship resistant payments method. The fact that Silk Road and other criminal enterprises are able to use bitcoin effectively is evidence cryptocurrencies are a useful and censorship resistant tool. As of now criminal activity online is mostly based on bitcoin, although other cryptocurrencies, such as monero, also play a part.

The 2017 initial coin offering bubble and “games” like FOMO3D have shown that Ethereum is useful for a different sort of criminal activity: unregistered security sales and other elaborate Ponzi schemes. In a way, this is evidence of its effectiveness as a permissionless smart contract platform. But just because Ethereum has proven itself to be useful for Ponzi schemes and scams does not mean it is useful for more than that. Criminal adoption is a necessary, but not a sufficient, condition for the success of censorship-resistant technologies.

The latest hot new trend on Ethereum is decentralized finance (DeFi). According to Associate Professor Jeremy Eng-Tuck Cheah, DeFi is the ability to create and use “financial services using smart contracts, which are automated enforceable agreements that don’t need intermediaries like a bank or lawyer and use online blockchain technology instead.” 

I’ll believe DeFi has a product-market fit when drug smugglers can buy trust-minimized insurance for their shipments and retail speculators can gamble on the price of cocaine in Australia the same way they do with the price of oil in Texas.

These contracts are programmable and can be built into decentralized applications (dapps). We now have automated market makers, decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) that play an important role in funding allocation, protocols such as UMA and SNX for building synthetic assets that mimic the price action of off-chain assets, decentralized price oracles such as Chainlink to bring off-chain data onto smart contracts, and all sorts of other infrastructure that were not available in 2017.

Some would argue this is not new infrastructure, but these are just fishy toys designed to take money away from fools. Is there real utility to this new financial infrastructure? Or are most of the problems DeFi is solving problems the same problems DeFi caused in the first place, as Nic Carter believes? 

There are a few hints that financial infrastructure of criminals is being built. One of the largest DNMs, Hydra, considered doing an ICO late last year but eventually desisted. Given the extensive history of DNM exit scams, it is highly risky that a DNM would be tempted to take the funds they raised and run. The largest and most trusted DNM, Empire Market, recently exit scammed, reportedly taking $30 million in BTC of user’s funds. Given that governance tokens are all the rage these days, why not set up a market that can be owned and managed by both the users and the vendors in a trust-minimized way? Think Uniswap meets the Silk Road.

Another product DNM vendors would gladly purchase are insurance products that protect against market exit scams and other sources of systemic risk, such as continued DDOS attacks against DNM sites. Current DeFi analogs include Nexus Mutual.

Disputes over insurance claims and even over drug shipments could also be handled in a decentralized way. Dispute resolution is one of the most resource-consuming problems of DNMs, and dispute resolving admins are proven to be security holes as a trusted third party. Why not outsource dispute resolution to a decentralized platform such as Kleros?

See also: What Is DeFi?

The price information on the DNMs themselves can be used to create financial products. A price index can easily be assembled for a variety of products ranging from high-purity cocaine in Florida to amphetamines in Australia. In the same way the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil price is a reference price for oil markets, the South Florida Cocaine index could be a reference point for cocaine markets. Synthetic assets such as perpetual swaps could be built upon the price index using the Perpetual Protocol or SNX. Producers and smugglers would then be able to hedge their positions, in the same way airlines hedge their fuel costs for the year using WTI futures.

History doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes. If these projects truly are censorship resistant and create value, we will inevitably see them adopted by those who need them most: criminals. I’ll believe DeFi has a product-market fit when drug smugglers can buy trust-minimized insurance for their shipments and retail speculators can gamble on the price of cocaine in Australia the same way they do with the price of oil in Texas.

For the DeFi enthusiasts reading this, it may be worth thinking: Will we be seeing this sort of adoption? If not, what is stopping it from happening? Those reasons are the true obstacles to the growth of DeFi adoption.

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The Falconeer on Xbox Series X: Hands-On Preview

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Combining classic dog fighting mechanics and acrobatic twists and turns with an awe-inspiring open environment and bestiary of fantastic enemies in land, sea, and air, The Falconeer is an ocean-world fantasy aerial combat RPG.

Genres:Action, Flight, RPG

Platforms:Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC

Developers:Tomas Sala

Publishers:Wired Productions

Release Date:November 10, 2020

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Phasmophobia: How to Identify Every Ghost

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There are 12 different types of Ghosts in Phasmophobia – Banshee, Demon, Jinn, Mare, Oni, Phantom, Poltergeist, Revenant, Shade, Spirit, Wraith, and Yurei – and they each have their own strengths and weaknesses, as well as Evidence they will leave behind.

Unfortunately, as of this writing, the Ghost models in Phasmophobia do not indicate which type of Ghost your are searching for. Instead, you will need to use all the tools in your disposal to identify what type of Ghost is haunting the location. Also, don’t neglect your Journal, as it will give you tips about each Ghost, and what to lookout for.

Each Ghost will have a random combination of a First Name, Last Name, Gender, Death Length, Age, Shyness, and Chosen Room, and a lot of information about the Ghost can be found on the Whiteboard in the truck.

It’s also very important to remember that, no matter if you have push-to-talk on or not, the Ghost can always hear you talking. Furthermore, it will get very upset when you say its name, so be careful what you say.

Depending on the difficulty, when you start a round, you will have either 5 minutes (Amateur difficulty), 2 minutes (Intermediate difficulty) or, no amount of time (Professional difficulty) in the Setup Phase. This is the perfect time to split up and use your equipment to try to find out what type of Ghost is in the location. After the Setup Phase, the Ghost will randomly go into Hunt Mode, and this is when they will become visible and can kill you.

If you are to die, you will see some Ghostly hands coming to strangle you and you will lose any additional equipment you have bought. However, you are still able to walk around and help you team in certain ways. Everything is blue, but you can still see everything in the truck and the location. If you are using game chat, you will not be able to talk to your alive friends, but using another service like Discord will help you still be part of the fun and assist in the limited ways you can.

How to Identify Ghosts

Your main mission in Phasmophobia is to identify what type of Ghost is haunting the location you are in. Each Ghost is linked to three types of Evidence – EMF Level 5, Fingerprints, Freezing Temperatures, Ghost Orb, Ghost Writing, and Spirit Box – and these are key to figuring out which Ghost is present.

As you confirm each type of Evidence, make sure to record it in your Journal. As you enter the Evidence types, it will automatically narrow down the Ghost Types, making it easier to determine which one it is.

We’ve made a handy table that can help you determine exactly which Ghost may be haunting a particular location

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Vortex Blockchain’s Registration Revoked for Failure to File Reports With SEC

The Securities and Exchange Commission said it accepted a settlement offer by Vortex Blockchain Technologies to have its registration revoked for failing to file any periodic reports with the commission since Dec. 31, 2019.

Vortex, which is incorporated in Nevada and headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, is “a crypto asset holdings company with diverse interests and applications spanning the entire breadth of the crypto universe, in both software and hardware spheres,” according to a description on the company’s website.