Right, the paper lists some common applications used by millions of people (BBC, Evernote, Weather Channel) that appear to be using the requested APIs for exactly what you'd expect. It lumps those in with a few obscure and sketchy ones doing nefarious things with those APIs. It makes no attempt to determine which apps are actually doing anything unexpected/evil, and which are behaving in exactly the way that a user would expect.
The unfiltered list gets posted on Slashdot, showered with the obligatory snark and tinfoil.
A first pass sanity check on the apps would have been more responsible.
E.g. "The Weather Channel app sends my location to their servers
This would have probably pruned the list of applications down to a handful of garbage ones that no one had ever heard of.