Lookout’s “App Genome Project” is an ongoing study of the millions of mobile applications available, the user data that they collect, and threats they present. During their research for the project, the team found a series of simple Wallpaper apps in the Android Market which were suspiciously collecting more data than they needed to.
I saw this story reported somewhere else and it had a link to a list of the suspect apps. As soon as I find it I will add it here.
The claims by Lookout has been retracted. The developer was not collecting any personally identifiable data from phones, just unique IDs so that settings could be restored from one phone to another. Here is the story from the Android Guys.
Using publicly available information on Facebook, a researcher has been able to gather personal details of nearly 170 million users of the service, or about a third of all users. The data includes names, addresses, e-mails, phone numbers, and birthdays: essentially anything that was not marked as private is now part of this file.
The file has now ended up on The Pirate Bay, and so far has seen over 10,000 downloads. This could mean hackers would have an easy way to obtain personal information necessary for identity theft and other malicious uses.
The decision to allow the practice commonly known as “jailbreaking” is one of a handful of new exemptions from a 1998 federal law that prohibits people from bypassing technical measures that companies put on their products to prevent unauthorized uses. The Library of Congress, which oversees the Copyright Office, reviews and authorizes exemptions every three years to ensure that the law does not prevent certain non-infringing use of copyright-protected material.
The original movie was the FIRST movie I EVER saw in a theater. When I saw it I was TOTALLY entranced. Granted the Tron has not endured well over the years. And to watch it now is a little painful. Especially as the general public learns more about computers, and how implausible the story was, YET …. I am TOTAL geeked-out to see this. I haven’t watch a movie the theater in a long time. It would great break my theater drought with this one.
Yes. I’m launching anyway, even with the cheese default header graphic. This is a total reboot. The posts and the comments from the old site are gone. I wonder what the statistic is for people relaunching their blogs?