Last Updated Mar 10, 2010 4:41 PM EST When people talk about an apps marketplace, they usually mean an attempt to reduce the dominance of the Apple (AAPL) iPhone app store. Google's (GOOG) announcement last night of the Google Apps Markeplace was ostensibly about positioning Google productivity applications for to better compete against Microsoft Office 2010. But Google might has well have also called it the Auxiliary Android App Shop, because it will also give its handset operating system a boost in a critical market, and should make Microsoft and RIM (RIM) nervous. Actually, I shouldn't limit the applause that way, because just on the level of supporting Google Apps, this is impressively smart on many levels: Google opens a way to make its cloud computing office productivity suite broader than it could ever hope to do alone. By admitting that it cannot do everything itself, Google subtly contrasts itself to Microsoft and attracts third-party developers, similar to the ones that … [Read more...] about Google Apps Marketplace Targets Microsoft on Two Fronts
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Last Updated Oct 8, 2010 8:48 PM EDT Amazon (AMZN) plans an Android app market to compete with Google's (GOOG), originally according to a Wall Street Journal report and now confirmed by Engadget, which uncovered the welcome packet that prospective developers are receiving. The move is getting a lot of play, but for the life of me I can't see why anyone finds it surprising. What is more likely, I think, is that Amazon is using an Android marketplace as a springboard for its own software elements and, eventually, to position the Kindle as a tablet for business and education use. And -- Who knows? -- maybe Amazon plans to release an Android-based tablet. There should be little surprise that Amazon would plan an Android marketplace. The company already sells downloadable software, including a variety of games and even such titles as Intuit (INTU) Quickbooks Pro or Symantec (SYMC) Norton AntiVirus. In addition, Amazon sells smartphones, service plans, and accessories. Selling apps was … [Read more...] about Could Amazon Be Planning a Google Android Tablet and a Software Suite?
A group of companies led by Microsoft have called on European authorities to launch an antitrust investigation into Google's dominance of mobile Internet usage on smartphones. The "FairSearch" initiative of 17 companies - which includes Microsoft, Nokia, and Oracle - claims Google is acting unfairly by giving away its Android operating system to mobile device companies on the condition that the U.S. online giant's own software applications like YouTube and Google Maps are installed and prominently displayed. "Google is using its Android mobile operating system as a Trojan horse to deceive partners, monopolize the mobile marketplace, and control consumer data," said Thomas Vinje, the group's Brussels-based lawyer. Android operating systems are installed on about 70 percent of new smartphones, according to analyst estimates, handing Google the largest market share worldwide, followed by Apple's iOS platform. Systems from BlackBerry, Microsoft and others trail far behind. "Google's … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Google’s Android target of new antitrust complaint
Last Updated Jul 15, 2015 5:00 PM EDT Investigators shut down an online marketplace where cybercriminals bought and sold hacked databases, malicious software and other products that could cripple or steal information from computer systems, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.More than 70 cybercriminals in the United States and 19 other countries are targets of the investigation, authorities said. Some of them have been charged, while others were the subject of search warrants because some countries require evidence to be seized before criminal charges can be filed, investigators said.U.S. Attorney David Hickton and other federal investigators revealed the 18-month undercover inquiry in Pittsburgh. The city is home to a large FBI cybercriminal squad and the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance - a public-private nonprofit that aims to defeat cybercriminals. Pennsylvania's Western District has been aggressive in pursing major international cybercrime cases, an effort … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Feds shut down massive “Darkode” hacker marketplace
The Google Play Store is unintentionally distributing a particular form of Android banking malware for the third time this year. BankBot first appeared in the official Android marketplace in April this year, was removed, and then was discovered to be have returned in September before being removed again. Now BankBot has appeared in the Google Play store yet again, having somehow bypassed the application vetting and security protocols for a third time. BankBot is designed to steal banking credentials and payment information. It tricks users into handing over their bank details by presenting an overlay window which looks identical to a bank's app login page. The malware is capable of identifying a variety of financial and retail mobile apps on the infected devices and tailors the phishing attack to display a fake version of the banking app the victim uses, if the target bank is recognized by the malware. If the user uses text messages as a form of two-factor … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo BankBot Android malware sneaks into Google Play Store for the third time