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News: Sparrow acquisition, in-app-purchases system exploit, second NC data centre, and more!

By Benny Ling, 22 Jul 2012
FYI, this story is more than a year old

Over the weekend the team behind Sparrow announced that they were acquired by Google. The developers of the incredibly popular email client for Mac and iPhone announced the acqusition via an email to iusers that also described the future of the Sparrow team, to accomplish a better vision. But what's more troubling is also the news that there won't be any new features released for Sparrow on any platform. There was an iPad client planned as well, but that probaly won't be happening anytime soon now. The same security flaw in the iOS in-app-purchase scheme that meant the Apple's purchase system could be bypassed has made its way to the Mac, with the same flaw being available to Mac apps. Essentially the flaw allows users to obtain an app's in-app-purchases for free, exploting the fact Apple don't link in-app-purchases to specific users, nor devices.

Apple are planning a second data center in North Carolina, and the new 6409 square meter data center will cost US $1.9 million. The new data center will be built as an extension to the existing data center believed to power iCloud, but will be much smaller than their original data center.

ITunes Movies in the Cloud has made its way to Australia and New Zealand, meaning that users can now download previously-purchased movies to any of their devices.

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