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Submission + - Android App infects PCs running older Windows (

tlhIngan writes: "In an interesting turn of events, a couple of apps found the Play Store was found to contain a payload designed to infect the SD card and thus infect any older PC when the Android device was connected in drive mode. It doesn't appear to be designed to infect the Android device itself, just install an old exploit on the SD card that will infect the PC when connected. It relies on AutoRun, which while disabled in all modern versions of Windows, may still be on by default on older versions."

Submission + - CyanogenMod Android ROMs accidentally logged screen unlock patterns (

tlhIngan writes: "Heads up CyanogenMod users — you will want to update to the latest nightly build as it turns out that your unlock patterns were accidentally logged. The fix has been committed and is in the latest build. While not easy to access (it requires access to a backup image or the device), it was a potential security hole. It was added back in August when Cyanogen added the ability to customize the screen lock size.`"

Submission + - Google forces cancellation of Acer (non-Android) smartphone launch event (

tlhIngan writes: Apparently, Acer was set to release the Acer CloudMobile A800 smartphone today (September 13) running the Aliyun mobile OS by Alibaba. However, the launch was cancelled, with Alibaba claiming that Google put pressure on their partner (Acer) by threatening to "terminate Android product cooperation and related technical authorization" (meaning Acer would lose the ability to release official Android products "with Google", though they could always use AOSP).

Submission + - Motorola to collect royalties for Android (

tlhIngan writes: "It looks like Motorola wants to join in on the Android patent licensing fun enjoyed by Microsoft and others. (Yes, the same Motorola that makes Andorid phones.) Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha has stated they plan to collect licensing royalties from other Android manufacturers. Given Motorola's involvement in the mobile industry, they certainly do have the portfolio to go with it. It's interesting times ahead for Android."

Submission + - Google pulls paid apps from Taiwan marketplace (

tlhIngan writes: Taiwan recently mandated that online download sites (like Apple's App Store and Google's Marketplace) must now comply with a law stating consumers have 7 days to return goods bought sight-unseen (e.g., online). Whilst Apple has complied (details unknown — suspected through the normal iTunes support channels), Google has refused to comply. Taiwan has fined the search giant NT$1M (approx. US$34,600) over this. In retaliation, Google has pulled the paid apps section of the Marketplace for Taiwan users (free apps are still available).

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