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Android malware infects security app

Is Google fighting a losing battle against malware? Reports are out that a version of Google's very own Android Market Security Tool has some fishy code in it as well. Security company Symantec, which identified the code, found this version of the app on a third-party Chinese marketplace. The infected version has thus far only shown up on marketplaces in China.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 10, 2011; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Google, Android  
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Google Maps can now steer Android users around traffic

The end of the road for many GPS navigation units got a little closer yesterday when Google added automatic traffic re-routing to the Android version of its Google Maps smartphone program. You shouldn't need a new version of Google Maps for Android; the app should just take note of Google's...

By Rob Pegoraro  | March 8, 2011; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Android, Location awareness, Mobile  
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Google activates 'kill switch' to remove Android malware

Google's response to a bout of Trojan-horse applications targeting its Android operating system shows how much and how little power it exerts over that platform. The key part of Google's latest reaction, announced in a blog post Saturday night by Android security head Rich Cannings, is the remote removal from...

By Rob Pegoraro  | March 7, 2011; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Android, Google, Mobile, Security  
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