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Submission + - The dangers of single-source app stores

cstec writes: As Apple and Microsoft drive to create OSes with vendor-store-only install policies, the dangers of owning one of those devices became readily apparent as Microsoft today abandoned the Windows Mobile Marketplace, even as new Windows Mobile devices are being sold. From today's MS email:

The Windows Marketplace for Mobile web site at will no longer be available starting on July 15, 2011. After July 15, 2011, you will no longer be able to browse, buy or download applications for Windows Mobile 6.x phones via the Windows Marketplace for Mobile web site.

Without sideloading, this effectively instantly obsoletes a platform. At least Windows Mobile devices are safe — is yours?


Flash Cookies, a Little-Known Privacy Threat 225

Wiini recommends a blog posting exploring Flash cookies, a little-known threat to privacy, and how you can get control of them. 98% of browsers have Macromedia Flash Player installed, and the cookies it enables have some interesting properties. They have no expiration date; they store 100 KB of data by default, with an unlimited maximum; they can't be deleted by your browser; and they send previous visit information and history, by default, without your permission. I was amazed at some of the sites, not visited in a year or more, that still had Flash cookies on my machine. Here's the user-unfriendly GUI for deleting them, one at a time, each one requiring confirmation.

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