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4. The top Android app? A 'fake' anti-virus app
Android has long been associated with malware issues, according to leading security and research firms. But those capitalizing on the issue this week got a sore slap in the face, after the top grossing app on the Google Play app marketplace was accused of being a "scam." Dubbed "Virus Shield," many thought the app was protecting their Android-based smartphones and tablets, when in fact, according to reports, it was entirely "bogus." The app only cost $3.99, but it was downloaded more than 10,000 times, making the developer very, very rich indeed.
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5. Starting your own Internet provider is really hard
If you're concerned about US government surveillance, you might think setting up your own Internet provider might be the best option. Turns out, as the folks at Ars Technica discovered, it's far more complicated to start one than widely thought. Not only do you need millions of dollars, you need a lot of lawyers to navigate the complicated myriad of legal issues that you will face as the head of your own ISP. And that doesn't even take into account the requests you might be forced to undertake if you're under the authority of the National Security Agency.
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6. Making parts of .NET open source took years, and wasn't a quick move
Microsoft's .NET development language for years has been within the company's walled garden. But alas — no more. Opening it to the public makes the platform more available for Apple's iOS and Android app makers through its partnership with mobile-tool maker Xamarin. It was touted as "one of the biggest announcements" at Microsoft's annual developer conference, Build, this week. But it took a while to get this far. Former server and cloud boss turned chief executive Satya Nadella gave the go-ahead to make more of .NET open source more than a year ago in order to make it "good for developers."