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Android vulnerable to snoopingNext Issue hopes to be the "Hulu for magazines" on Android, the Motorola Droid X2 gets a price and date, and Google's Android OS is vulnerable to a serious snooping problem.
It's Wednesday, May 18th. I'm Wilson Tang and it's time to get Loaded. Android users beware. Researchers across the globe have discovered a huge security hole when it comes to certain Google services on Android devices. The vulnerability occurs when users log in with their usernames and passwords which are sent to Google over an encrypted connection to which Google sends back an authentication token. Google apps like Calendar and Contact use this token to retrieve contacts and update calendars, but the connection it seems is unencrypted. Hackers can then easily steal these tokens over an open Wi-Fi connection and use them to impersonate you. The vulnerability seems to have been fixed in versions 2.3.4 and higher but 99% of Android users are not running this version and have to wait for their manufacturers or carriers to update their software. Subscriptions seemed to be a relative success on Apple's iOS devices, but a new app called Next Issue aims to be the Hulu for magazines on Android. A consortium of five publishers have come together to offer titles like Esquire, Popular Magazine, Fitness, the New Yorker, Fortune, and Time at first to the Galaxy Tab owners with Verizon Wireless services. Prices will be set by the publisher and the group says that they plan to have 40 titles by the end of the year as well as a version of the app for HP's webOS. Senator Patrick Leahy has introduced sweeping privacy legislation that will in many cases require police to obtain search warrants to access private communications and even the current location of mobile devices. His bill is called the Electronics Communication Privacy Act Amendment Act of 2011, but many privacy advocates are already saying it doesn't go far enough. It doesn't, for example, require cops to obtain a search warrant to peruse your cellphone's previous whereabouts. Soon, you'll be able to buy a car from your iPhone easier than ever before. eBay has released its eBay's Motor app where users can browse and bid on cars while they ride on the bus. While the regular eBay app already allowed users to do this, the new app is specifically targeted to the buyer with his eye set on that used car. A new report out says that 24% of internet traffic during peak periods comes now from Netflix. While this isn't a surprise given the rise of Netflix' Watch Instantly, the news is breaking because it is for the first time that Netflix beats BitTorrent traffic overall on the internet. BitTorrent, as you may know, is highly popular for pirating movie and television content. Finally, the highly anticipated Motorola Droid X2 gets an official price and launch date. For $200 and a 2-year contract with Verizon, you can purchase the phone with a 4.3-inch screen online starting tomorrow. Verizon says that the phone will be in stores starting May 26th. Those are your headlines for today. I'm Wilson Tang for CNET.com and you've just been Loaded.