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Facebook just lost two key execs: Why the impact could be huge

“Facebook just lost two key execs: Why the impact could be huge Facebook just announced the loss of two of its most major executives” reports slashgear.com. The leaders of each of the four main Facebook apps will report directly to Zuckerberg, while the CMO will report to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.And CPO Chris Cox, in charge of the Facebook family of apps. Source: slashgear.com

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Over 150 millions users have downloaded one of 200 SimBad adware infected Google Play Store apps

“In this latest instance, the SimBad rogue adware was found by the Check Point research team to have infected over 200 now-gone apps on the Google Play Store (via Android Police)” writes Ticwatch Pro for 9to5google.com. For anyone worried that they might download or have downloaded the apps in question, Google was swiftly notified and all those infected applications have now been removed from the Google Play Store.These include phishing, showing ads, and exposure to other rogue applications.Check Point confirmed that 206 applications were known to be affected by this…

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Microsoft Opens Up Xbox Live Data Syncing to All iOS and Android Apps

“Last month, a post from the GDC 2019 scheduling website hinted that Microsoft was preparing to launch a new software development kit that would sync your Xbox Live data to any compatible iOS app” writes Day Ago On for macrumors.com. This week, Microsoft confirmed the launch of the cross-platform mobile SDK, enabling developers to build achievements, Gamerscore, friend lists, clubs, and more into iOS and Android apps (via The Verge ).Game developers will be able to “pick and choose” the parts of Xbox Live they want to integrate into their…

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Here’s when Apple will most likely reveal iOS 13 and macOS 10.15

“More interesting will be developments for Project Marzipan, the long-rumored initiative that will reportedly let developers port iOS apps into Mac apps without much additional work” writes Raymond Wong for mashable.com. Bringing iOS apps to Mac could stimulate the nearly 20-year-old computing platform in new ways.Like previous years, the multi-day conference, where Apple will likely announce new versions of its software platforms — iOS 13, macOS 10.15, watchOS 6, and more — will take place at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose. Source: mashable.com

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Facebook has been down for an hour, Instagram and Whatsapp also affected

“Reports of problems with Facebook peaked at over 11,000 worldwide according to Downdetector, a website where users can report problems on apps and websites” writes Christophe Morin for cnbc.com. The company acknowledged the outage in a tweet Wednesday, saying, “We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. Source: cnbc.com

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Android adware had nearly 150 million Google Play downloads before being pulled

“Those apps had amassed nearly 150 million downloads before being removed, according to Play Store statistics” writes Mar Edt for theverge.com. That allowed the adware to spread widely, hidden inside a variety of different apps and games in the Play Store. Update March 13th, 1:48PM ET: Updated to note that a Google spokesperson says the malicious apps have been removed.Check Point says it reported the malicious apps to Google, which confirmed it has removed them from the store.Bad apps keep getting into the Play Store The malicious code made it…

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Spotify: Apple abuses App Store’s power to ‘stifle’ rivals

“Spotify’s agitation about Apple’s App Store, which stretches back several years, centers on its claims that Apple abuses its position both as a direct competitor to Spotify and as the owner of its powerful app marketplace” writes Joan E for cnet.com. Yet, he said, “if we choose not to use Apple’s payment system, forgoing the charge, Apple then applies a series of technical and experience-limiting restrictions on Spotify.”. Ek specifically highlighted the 30 percent fee that Apple charges for app payments made through its system. Source: cnet.com

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