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It's hard to remember that when Apple released the first iPhone in 2007 on June 29, there was no App Store. For the best part of a year, you could only use the apps that some folks in Cupertino decided you needed. A year later, Apple opened the App Store, with just 500 apps, and opened the floodgates to developers who have created a massive range of software.

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About 60 apps have been dumped from the Google Play Store after it was revealed the apps were infected with malicious software that either displayed scareware or porn ads, or tried to trick people into accessing and paying for premium services.

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While it might sound like shooting fish in a barrel - Google Play is working with HackerOne on a bug bounty program to find vulnerabilities in "in-scope" applications distributed through the Play Store. The number of apps in scope is limited but is expected to expand over time and covers remote-code-execution vulnerabilities and corresponding Proofs of Concept that work on Android 4.4 devices and higher.

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Google is well known for its capacity to try new things, give them a year or two and then drop them if things don't pan out as expected or they can't turn a good idea into a revenue raising one. Which is why something in a recent MSPowerUser article piqued my interest. Google has 91 different apps in the iOS App Store. Is this a sign of great platform support or an indication that things are out of control at the Googleplex?

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In May, Google launched YouTube Music in Australia to a few cheers, a few groans and a lot of, "Don't they already have a music service?" In fact, they have several: Google Play Music and YouTube Red, for starters. But don't be fooled -- they seem separate, but they actually compliment one another.