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Politics

Submission + - Starbucks CEO calling to end contributions (cnn.com)

halfEvilTech writes: Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is fed up with Washington.

And he is doing something about it.

Spurred by what he describes as a failure of leadership on the part of lawmakers, Schultz is mounting a one-man bull rush against a political culture that has "chosen to put partisan and ideological purity over the well being of the people."

What does that mean? No more political donations — not for anybody.

And he's recruiting other CEOs to join him.

Android

Submission + - Variants of New Android Virus Surface in China (securityweek.com)

wiredmikey writes: Another reason why "Alternative App Marketplaces" pose a major security threat to mobile users.

New mobile malware targeting Android devices has been spotted in China. Dubbed "Hong Tou Tou", security researchers are currently tracking two variants including "BD.HongTouTou.A”, which was discovered on February 18th, and “BD.HongTouTou.B”, was discovered today.

BD.HongTouTou.A — Lures Android users to download and install the app the by hiding itself in legitimate apps such as the well known game RoboDefense. Once activated, the mobile malware connects to a network in the background, and attempts to collect data from the users smartphone, encrypts it and send it to a remote server.

BD.HongTouTou.B – Discovered today, this variant lures the user to download and install the mobile app under the name "Dynamic Footprint Wallpaper".

While Alternative markets for Android that target Chinese customers, serve a legitimate need for local apps, nearly 11% of the redistributed apps also available on the Android Market were found to be repackaged, or not submitted by the original developer, according to a recent study. Of these, nearly a quarter request more permissions than the original app.

Apple

Submission + - Apple Launches Subscriptions on the App Store (theappwhisperer.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Apple today announced a new subscription service available to all publishers of content-based apps on the App Store, including magazines, newspapers, video, music, etc. This is the same innovative digital subscription billing service that Apple recently launched with News Corp.’s “The Daily” app.

Subscriptions purchased from within the App Store will be sold using the same App Store billing system that has been used to buy billions of apps and In-App Purchases. Publishers set the price and length of subscription (weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, bi-yearly or yearly). Then with one-click, customers pick the length of subscription and are automatically charged based on their chosen length of commitment (weekly, monthly, etc.). Customers can review and manage all of their subscriptions from their personal account page, including canceling the automatic renewal of a subscription. Apple processes all payments, keeping the same 30 percent share that it does today for other In-App Purchases.

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