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U.S. judge unimpressed with Apple ‘App Store’ trademark claim

A federal judge on Wednesday denied a bid by Apple to immediately stop Amazon.com from calling its online shop for smartphone programs an “App Store.” US District Court Judge Phyllis Hamilton didn’t buy Apple’s argument that the phrase “App Store” was tantamount to a trademark, which it has applied for.…

Skype introduces video calls on Android phones

LONDON (Reuters) – Skype, which is being bought by Microsoft for $8.5 billion, introduced a new service on Thursday allowing users of Android phones to make free video calls to Skype contacts, including those on Apple iPhones. The company whose name became synonymous with Internet calling in the mid-2000s said its updated Android app…

500,000 Android devices activated each day: Google

WASHINGTON — More than 500,000 devices running Google’s Android software are being activated every day, a senior Google executive said on Tuesday. Andy Rubin, creator of the Android operating system and a Google vice president for engineering, made the announcement in a message on his Twitter feed, @Arubin. “There are…

Hackers hunt prey on smartphones, Facebook

SAN FRANCISCO – Hackers are following prey onto smartphones and social networking hotspots, according to reports released Tuesday by a pair of computer security firms. Cyber criminals are also ramping up the sophistication and frequency of attacks on business and government networks, one of the companies, Symantec, said in the…

Google purges tainted apps from Android phones

SAN FRANCISCO — Google has remotely purged Android smartphones of applications tainted with a malicious code that could take control of the handsets and steal information. Mobile phone security firm LookOut said the purpose of the “DroidDream” code was to “download additional applications and install them silently as system applications…

New virus threatens phones using Android

A virus infecting mobile phones using Google’s Android operating system has emerged in China that can allow a hacker to gain access to personal data, US security experts said. A report this week from Lookout Mobile Security said the new Trojan affecting Android devices has been dubbed “Geinimi” and “can…

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