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Rootless Pixel Launcher pulled from Play Store for policy violation

Rootless Pixel Launcher pulled from Play Store for policy violation

Well, that was quick. Barely a week after the developer and fans of the Rootless Pixel Launcher celebrated its availability on Google Play Store, Google takes it down. But before you go thinking foul play, developer Amir Zaidi did issue a mea culpa over the incident. It all boils down to a policy on Google Play Store that disallows apps that download other apps that isn't also available on Google Play Store.

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Privacy-focused Purism Librem 5 Linux phone delayed

Privacy-focused Purism Librem 5 Linux phone delayed

Very few crowdfunded projects have ever shipped on time. That’s especially true for ones that promise to create a device that has never existed yet so far. So it’s not exactly surprising when Purism, after a long status report, revealed they were now looking at an April 2019 launch date for the Librem 5. Despite that unforeseen setback, the company is confident that it’s still on track to deliver what will be the industry’s first non-Android, fully Linux, fully free and open source software, privacy and security respecting user-friendly smartphone.

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Lenovo’s Smart Home Essentials are an IoT starter for Smart Displays

Lenovo’s Smart Home Essentials are an IoT starter for Smart Displays

Lenovo's Smart Display works with any connected home tech the Google Assistant supports, but now it's getting into the action with a range of Smart Home Essentials. The new line-up of accessories kicks off with three products, all of which will work with the Lenovo Smart Display as a hub.

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Google Titan security key goes up for purchase in US

Google Titan security key goes up for purchase in US

Late last month, Google revealed its new Titan security key. Like other security keys, the Titan enables hardware-based two-factor authentication, which in turn offers better security than using a password alone. At the time, Titan was only made available to Google Cloud customers, with Google saying it would go up for purchase at a later date.

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Google Assistant now talks with Nest x Yale Lock, smart security systems

Google Assistant now talks with Nest x Yale Lock, smart security systems

As houses become increasingly smarter, so too does the temptation to break into them increase. And we’re not talking about some hi-tech hacking of IoT products. Just plain old breaking and entering will do. It would be almost too ironic if your newly set up smart home wasn’t smart at protecting you. That’s why Google is now announcing a new set of integrations that can help homeowners monitor and control their house’s security, even and especially when they’re far away.

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Fortnite Android app flaw put Epic at odds with Google

Fortnite Android app flaw put Epic at odds with Google

Downloading Fortnite for your Android isn't particularly dangerous. Installing Fortnite on your Android might be dangerous if you don't know the risks. This week Google and Epic Games began a battle that started with an act of good will. Google showed Epic Games that they had a flaw in their Fortnite APK app file - seems innocent enough an action on it's own, right?

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Fortnite Installer for Android made our worst fears come true

Fortnite Installer for Android made our worst fears come true

It was really only a matter of time. Epic Games was, after all, tempting fate, not to mention hackers and criminals in its righteous zeal to open up the Android (but not iOS) app ecosystem. A bug in the Fortnite Installer for Android apparently left devices vulnerable to “man-in-the-disk” attacks for weeks, or at least until they update to the latest version of the installer. And while both sides are thankful for the other’s swift action, Epic CEO Tim Sweeney didn’t miss the opportunity to call out Google for not breaking its own vulnerability disclosure policies.

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Security flaws left T-Mobile, AT&T account PINs vulnerable

Security flaws left T-Mobile, AT&T account PINs vulnerable

While not quite as bad as a situation involving hackers gaining access to a carrier's customer database, a recent pair of online security flaws put T-Mobile and AT&T customers at risk. Security researchers discovered the flaws on third-party websites, which left customer account PINs potentially exposed when they were meant to be used for account verification purposes.

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T-Mobile says 2 million customers impacted by new security breach

T-Mobile says 2 million customers impacted by new security breach

T-Mobile customers are the victim of yet another hack, this one following a major breach the wireless carrier revealed in late 2015. According to the Uncarrier, its team found an "unauthorized access" of its system exposing some information about its customers. T-Mobile put an end to that access, but it wasn't in time to prevent things like names, phone numbers, and email addresses from being left vulnerable.

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DOJ asks Facebook to help it snoop on encrypted voice chats

DOJ asks Facebook to help it snoop on encrypted voice chats

The Department of Justice wants Facebook to give it access to encrypted voice chats as part of a criminal probe, according to a new report. The issue revolves around Messenger and its encrypted chats feature, which users can manually enable for specific conversations. The DOJ is reportedly seeking access to voice conservations made with the app.

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Twitch bug exposed some message archives to the wrong users

Twitch bug exposed some message archives to the wrong users

Twitch has sent out an alert notifying users of a bug that left some private messages exposed. The company says it has fixed the bug, but that "a small percentage" of messages were visible in the archives of other users, making them accessible to whomever happened to see them. The bug resulted from Twitch's recent removal of Messages.

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Pokemon GO will soon let parents control their child’s personal data

Pokemon GO will soon let parents control their child’s personal data

Niantic has announced a new feature that enables parents to control their child's personal data. Called Niantic Kids Parent Portal, this feature is scheduled to arrive in Pokemon GO's latest update, as well as in future Niantic games, giving parents a way to review and approval game permissions, among other things.

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