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App Store glitch causes millions of ratings to disappear from apps like Instagram

“A glitch in the App Store seems to have caused a panic for app developers” writes Matt Binder for mashable.com. As pointed out, some popular apps, like Instagram, lost millions of ratings, dropping from 8 million to almost zero reviews. “I think Apple just purged a bunch of App Store ratings,” tweeted app developer . “I suddenly went from 82 ratings to 39.Millions of app  ratings and reviews completely vanished from the App Store over the weekend. first noticed the disappearing ratings when developers started reporting that their apps were…

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Much more bandwidth for Iranian messaging apps: ICT ministry

“The replacement of Telegram, as the most popular messaging app in Iran, with Iranian messaging applications has turned into a challenge on the national level” reports tehrantimes.com. The alternatives for Telegram is a number of Iranian messaging applications introduced during recent months.He said that the ICT Ministry used the capacity of the National Information Network for bandwidth. “However, many messaging applications have not used their previous bandwidth capacity completely,” he lamented. Domestic messaging applications eye officials for further support to help them to convince subscribers to move to another application.TEHRAN…

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Creepy apps let lover spy; Monitor calls, search web history…

“CREEPY apps that let your lover spy on you – including monitor your calls and text messages – are being sold on smartphones” writes Brittany Vonow for thesun.co.uk. The app’s website includes a disclaimer, saying it is a violation to install the software onto a device you do not own.Fine Line Labs, who run Text, Message, Notification, Location Remote Spy, said the app was used for parental or employer use.The apps, which can easily be bought on Apple and Google Play, can even help someone track a person’s phone and search…

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Pregnancy apps don’t know how to handle miscarriages

“The confusion spills beyond the pregnancy apps into cycle/fertility ones” writes Olga Massov for mashable.com. Somehow, the apps geared to tracking a woman’s period, don’t have an option of reporting an unsuccessful pregnancy.It seemed strange to them that an app tailored to track your pregnancy would make it difficult to record a miscarriage.A couple of the women shared that the apps and notifications reopened old wounds, sending them back down a spiral of sadness.But the women I spoke to, who had miscarried and used apps, reported the same frustration. Source: mashable.com…

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Facebook admits bug allowed apps to see hidden photos

“A Facebook bug let app developers see photos users had uploaded but never posted, the social network has disclosed” writes Alex Hern for theguardian.com. For two weeks in September, an error in the way Facebook shares photos with third parties meant that apps could see not only photos users had posted on their newsfeed, but also pictures in other parts of the site – on Facebook Stories or Facebook’s Marketplace, for instance. Access tokens are the equivalent of digital keys that keep people logged in to Facebook so they don’t…

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Facebook says a new bug allowed apps to access private photos of up to 6.8 million users

“In general, Facebook allows apps by third-party developers to obtain users’ permission and access photos shared on their timeline” writes Tony Romm for washingtonpost.com. Because of the bug, though, roughly 1,500 apps could access “a broader set of photos than usual,” Facebook explained in a blog post.It could also result in fines and other penalties for Facebook, which is already under investigation in the United States mishandling users’ data.Facebook on Friday revealed that a major software bug may have allowed third-party apps to wrongly access the photos of up to…

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Facebook API bug exposed photos of millions of users

“This bug potentially exposed user photos to apps that use the photo API, even in some cases impacting photos that were never posted” reports slashgear.com. While photo API apps usually only have the ability to access to Timeline photos, this bug also gave them access to Marketplace and Story photos.According to Facebook, the bug gave third-party apps using the photo API access to a broader set of photos than they would regularly be able to see. Source: slashgear.com Share This:

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A bug permitted apps to access photos you uploaded to Facebook but chose not to post

“A bug that Facebook discovered in its photo API may have permitted some third-party apps that you granted permission to access your account to also retrieve photos which you uploaded to Facebook but chose not to post” reports idownloadblog.com. It’s important to note that the only apps affected by this bug were ones that Facebook approved to access the photos API and that individuals had authorized to access their photos through the Facebook Login feature that many apps and websites use. Source: idownloadblog.com Share This:

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“The only apps affected by this bug were ones that Facebook approved to access the photos API and that individuals had authorized to access their photos” reports facebook.com. When someone gives permission for an app to access their photos on Facebook, we usually only grant the app access to photos people share on their timeline.Our internal team discovered a photo API bug that may have affected people who used Facebook Login and granted permission to third-party apps to access their photos. Source: facebook.com Share This:

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The social media giant announced on Friday that it found a bug that gave 1,500 third-party apps access to the unposted Facebook photos of 6.8 million users.

“The bug allowed authorized app programmers to access photos that people had uploaded to Facebook but had not publicly shared” writes Aol Staff for aol.com. “We are also recommending people log into any apps with which they have shared their Facebook photos to check which photos they have access to,” according to the blog post. Source: aol.com Share This:

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