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Oracle demands dev tear down iOS app that has 'JavaScript' in its name

Oracle, claims developer Zhongmin Steven Guo, has demanded that Apple remove an app he created because it contains the trademarked term "JavaScript." The app in question, published by Guo's Tyanya Software LLC – which appears to be more a liability shield than a thriving software business – is titled "HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, …
Thomas Claburn, 18 Apr 2018
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Grindr: Yeah, we shared your HIV status info with other companies – but we didn't charge them!

Hookup fixer Grindr is on the defensive after it shared sensitive information, including HIV status and physical location, of its app's users with outside organizations. The quickie booking facilitator on Monday admitted it passed, via HTTPS, people's public profiles to third-party analytics companies to process on its behalf …
Shaun Nichols, 3 Apr 2018
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Microsoft Store adds ‘private audience’ apps to its Store

Microsoft has tweaked its Store to allow distribution of apps to a “private audience” of named users. Developers will be able to create “known user groups” by listing email addresses associated with Microsoft accounts. “Only people in the groups you define who are authenticated with a Microsoft account will be able to see the …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Mar 2018

Techno-senator tells Tinder to hook up its app with better security

Cyber-senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) is asking execs from the parent company of Tinder to please use protection when spreading the love around. Wyden, a ranking member on the US Senate committee on finance (and a member of four other committees), said in a letter addressed to Match Group CEO Greg Blatt that he wants Tinder to use …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Feb 2018
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Facebook smartmobe app's pre-ticked privacy settings violate German data protection law

A German court has ruled that Facebook has not done enough to alert people to the pre-ticked privacy settings on its mobile app. That included an option to share location data when in conversation with another user, and agreement that Google and other search engines could show links to user profiles in search results. …
Kat Hall, 12 Feb 2018

Super Cali goes ballistic, Gatorade app is bogus: Even the sound of it is something quite atrocious

In what might well be the most California thing ever, America's golden state has settled a lawsuit against sports drink maker Gatorade for sullying the good name of water. Cali Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced on Thursday his office struck a deal with Gatorade to change the content of a sponsored mobile phone game …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Sep 2017

Itching to stuff iOS 11 on your iPhone? You may want to hold off for a bit

Apple's latest iOS version is out today – iOS 11 – but before you rush into updating, you'll want to check that it doesn't destroy any of your favorite apps. This version will insist on running only 64-bit apps and will kill support for 32-bit apps. That means several things: for one, if you have anything earlier than an …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Sep 2017
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Adware API sends smartmobe data home to Chinese company

Mobile developers, listen up: when you pick up that easy-to-use advertising API, make sure it's not snoopware. That's the lesson, the take-out, or (god have mercy on my soul) key learning from work by security outfit Lookout, whose analysis of the Igexin advertising SDK ended with hundreds of apps returning “not found” on …
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Boffins blast beats to bury secret sonar in your 'smart' home

Researchers at the University of Washington have devised a way of conducting surreptitious sonar surveillance using home devices equipped with microphones and speakers. The technique, called CovertBand, looks beyond the obvious possibility of using a microphone-equipped device for eavesdropping. It explores how devices with …
Thomas Claburn, 22 Aug 2017
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Google drops poker face, allows gambling apps on Play Store

Google has agreed to let Play Store customers court cruel mistress Lady Luck. A spokesperson confirmed to The Register that, as of August 2, the store formally allows gambling apps. Folk in the UK, Ireland and France are part of this experiment. According to Apple's Developer guidelines, the Apple App Store allows gambling …
Andrew Silver, 4 Aug 2017
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Dental app startup drama: Two attack websites and a lawsuit

A dental app entrepreneur and his former business consultant ended up in a playground war of character smears conducted via attack websites in each other’s names – and one even sent an associate with a warning to the other’s home where his wife and newborn child were present. Dr Andrew Guise won £25,000 in damages for …
Gareth Corfield, 11 Jul 2017
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Wanna write a Cloudflare app? No? Would $100m change your mind?

Internet traffic wrangler Cloudflare is opening up its massive global network to third-party developers. The network capacity and services provider says that its Cloudflare Apps Platform will let developers write code for web apps that Cloudflare customers can then purchase and embed on their sites. Globally, Cloudflare said …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jun 2017

Apple empties gas can, strikes match, burns bridge to hot-patch apps

Apple has begun informing a limited number of developers using hot patching frameworks that doing so violates its rules. The developers put on notice appear to be using either Rollout.io or JSPatch, because each is capable of changing the behavior or functionality of apps after Apple's approval review. Apple did not …

2016: Snapchat loses $515m... 2017: Snapchat rips veil off $3bn IPO

Millennial vanity magnifier Snap Inc, the post-profit maker of Snapchat, hopes to raise $3bn in an initial public offering. The builder of sometimes cute and occasionally terrifying photo filters says in a filing to the SEC that it will debut on the stock market later this year, specifically the New York Stock Exchange using …
Shaun Nichols, 3 Feb 2017
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Google tests Android Instant Apps streamed on-demand to mobes

Google has begun testing Android Instant Apps, a mobile application format delivered by streaming rather than as a downloaded file. "Today, a few of these Instant Apps will be available to Android users for the first time in a limited test, including apps from BuzzFeed, Wish, Periscope, and Viki," said Google software engineer …
Thomas Claburn, 25 Jan 2017

Viral Chinese selfie app Meitu phones home with personal data

PIC The Meitu selfie horrorshow app going viral through Western audiences is a privacy nightmare, researchers say. The app harvests information about the devices on which it runs, includes invasive advertising tracking features and is just badly coded. But worst of all, the free app appears to be phoning some to share personal …
Darren Pauli, 20 Jan 2017
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Silence is golden: How Google hunts Android malware in the wild

To determine whether a mobile app is potentially harmful, Google listens for the sound of silence. Android devices that support Google Play include a security mechanism called Verify Apps, which takes the form of a setting in a device's Settings app. Verify Apps sends Google anonymized data when users install apps from …
Thomas Claburn, 18 Jan 2017
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Google harvests school kids' web histories for ads, claims its Mississippi nemesis

Google is once again facing allegations that its cloud for education may be harvesting and selling information on school kids. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is suing [PDF] for full disclosure of how the Chocolate Factory handles and markets any information it collects through the G Suite for Education service it …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Jan 2017

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