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Bits Blog: Malicious Software Said to Spread on Android Phones

Lookout, a security company, says it has been tracking malware that over the last two years has become more sophisticated as it hit millions of devices. Continue reading

Local Judge Unseals Hundreds of Highly Secret Cell Tracking Court Records

Stingray docs unsealed by North Carolina judge could prompt wave of new appeals. Continue reading

Using a Password Manager on Android? It May be Wide Open to Sniffing Attacks

Proof-of-concept exploit against LastPass could easily be extended to other apps. Continue reading

Feds Proposed the Secret Phone Database Used by Local Virginia Cops

New docs: Prosecutors offered one-stop shop for seized phone data in Virginia. Continue reading

Warnings on ‘Complex’ Android Virus

Hundreds of thousands of Android phones have been infected with malware that uses handsets to send spam and buy event tickets in bulk. Continue reading

‘Poorest of Poor’ Test Talking Tech

A charity is to give away 2,000 Talking Book audio computers to some of Ghana’s poorest communities after securing funds from Unicef and ARM. Continue reading

Nokia Launches an Android Tablet, with Smartphones Likely to Follow

Nokia N1 has Nokia’s brand, design, and launcher. Everything else is Foxconn. Continue reading

Jury: Apple must pay $23.6M for old pager patents

In recent years, Apple is taking more patent cases to trial—with mixed results. Continue reading

Bits Blog: WhatsApp Adds Improved Encryption on Android Phones

The popular messaging platform is getting more secure with technology from Open Whisper Systems. Continue reading

WhatsApp Brings Encryption to Masses

WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging service with more than 600 million users world-wide, is now encrypting text messages by Android users. Continue reading

Samsung Plans Smartphone Cuts

Samsung Electronics said it would reduce the number of smartphone models it offers next year, part of a move to cut costs to combat declining profit. Continue reading

AT&T Demands Clarity: Are Warrants Needed for Customer Cell-Site Data?

Legal uncertainty surrounds a law compelling disclosure of location information. Continue reading

NYC Hangs Up Pay Phones, Plans ‘LinkNYC’ Digital Hubs

Starting in 2015, some 6,400 New York City pay phones will be replaced by devices offering public Wi-Fi, free domestic calls and even the option to video-chat from the street. Officials project $20 million in revenue annually from streaming digital ads. Continue reading

Snapchat Debuts Way to Send Cash to Friends in a Snap

Snapchat debuted a new tool with payment service Square that lets users of the mobile messaging app send each other cash with the swipe of a finger. Continue reading

Pay Phones in New York City Will Become Free Wi-Fi Hot Spots

Officials say adding the kiosks with free Internet access will help close the digital divide, while others worry the city may be creating a monopoly. Continue reading

The Web Is Dying; Apps Are Killing It

The Web—that thin veneer of human-readable design on top of the machine babble that constitutes the Internet—is dying. And the way it’s dying has farther-reaching implications than almost anything else in technology, writes Christopher Mims. Continue reading

Google’s Lollipop Wants To Change The Way We Use Our Phones

The latest update to Google’s Android operating system is more than just a facelift. It’s an introduction to the future of Google’s Web. Continue reading

iPhone, Galaxy S5, Nexus 5, and Fire Phone fall like dominoes at Pwn2Own

Near field communication exploits play starring role in hacking competition. Continue reading

App Smart: Flipboard, Circa and Other Apps to Keep Track of the News

News apps like Flipboard, Circa News and BBC News help keep users updated on breaking events. Continue reading

Appeals Court Is Urged to Strike Down Program for Collecting Phone Records

A conservative legal activist urged a federal appeals court Tuesday to strike down the National Security Agency’s program that collects Americans’ phone records in bulk.
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