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  1. BRIAN5337

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    I DO NOT want a list of PAID APPS FOR FREE.
    I DO NOT WANT VIRUSES OR MAL-WARE APPS ETC..

    I'm curious about a list of apps that are CONTROVERSIAL because of there implantation or actions or purpose of use of testing. Some of these apps might not be posted in the Market.

    Does anyone know of a few to mention?
     

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    That's really a good start, i didnt even know some of this apps, and some did really made me lol.
     
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    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! START nzakir

    Lets all keep them coming. Thanks
     
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    I suggest Laputa Reader for one of the controversial apps for Android. It's link to servers that hosted ebooks (many that are first run books) that bordered on illegal copying/copyright infringement at best, caused a big stir. The Market stopped hosting the app, I believe my service provider locked down access to these sites, and it has pretty much fallen off of the map.

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    I'm just going to go generic since I don't want to link these apps.

    Torrent app

    Youtube converter app

    MP3 download app

    All of these apps allow you to get licensed and copy righted materials for free which is illegal. Such app should NOT be on the market.

    At AndroidForums, we ask our members not to link such app even if they are on the market.

    @Lakeside, I believe there were a number of legal issues Leputa faced (obviously). Last time (in the spring) I saw their app, their server was broken and you can't get access to most of the books.

    Wank-o-meter <-----seriously...that is just priceless. I cannot anyone would download that.

    Guy: hmm..my score has dropped. Today I didn't wank as hard as yesterday. I need to try harder tomorrow
     
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    I think Laputa is still available on a couple of sites. Applib might be one. I use Beamreader, but can't use Market on my tablet, and Aldiko was a POS. It wouldn't let me import any books. I do use those sites that are supposedly copying illegally. I like Project Gutenberg. The only weird thing about the app is what it means in Spanish.
     
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    Practice makes perfect. LOL

    How about some controversial bluetooth or remote apps.
     
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    Tethering app as some carriers require you to pay to tether and prohibit the use of unsource tethering app
     
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    I see what you did there. :p
     
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    Several warez sites have their own apps you have to dl from the web. Mycandy or micandy could also make the list since it is a porn portal (as Steve Jobs says "if you want porn use android" its the reason his galaxy tab sits on his nightstand)
     
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    Below is a list of apps which are controversial in the sense that they sparked legal battles.

    &#8212;Starbucks: The company sent six complaints about &#8220;coffee card manager&#8221; apps that help Starbucks card owners check their balance or reload their cards, noting that the programs use Starbucks logos and designs without permission. Some of the apps were taken down, while others changed their names to generic names and designs. The app formerly known as a &#8220;Starbucks Card Widget,&#8221; for example, has now renamed itself to My Coffee Card.
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    &#8212;Motorola: Motorola asked that four apps be taken down. Three of them are history, but a fourth&#8212;Motorola Droid Updater, a free app by Drippler, is actually using Motorola&#8217;s name because it&#8217;s a company-specific news app, offering to advise users on the &#8220;latest rumors, news and updates&#8221; on Motorola Droid phones. Using a company name as part of news reporting isn&#8217;t a trademark violation, obviously, and Google apparently declined to remove this one.
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    &#8212;BNP Paribas, TD Ameritrade and JP Morgan Chase: Several banks asked for apps to be taken down, with mixed results. BNP Paribas and TD Ameritrade both appear to have removed mobile banking apps using their names. But JP Morgan Chase&#8217;s attempt to remove Jeff Peiffer&#8217;s $5 Android Banking app as a trademark violation failed&#8212;Peiffer had simply listed the company&#8217;s name as one of several online banking services that his program supports.





    &#8212;RIAA: The Recording Industry Association of America asked for dozens of apps to be taken down. The apps all appear to be related to ringtones, but the recording industry trade group has had mixed success in winning takedowns. Part of the problem is that RIAA seems to have lumped together apps that are providing illegal material with apps like MP3 search engines that aren&#8217;t necessarily illegal.
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    &#8212;Nintendo: The gaming company tried, but failed, to take down eight apps that are using the likeness of Mario Bros. characters, even though on the face of it, unlicensed use of Mario looks like a pretty clear copyright violation. The problem may be that Nintendo&#8217;s takedown notices were unclear and failed to list specific URLs. A search for apps that Nintendo wanted taken down&#8212;like Mario Sounds by Bayland Blue and Mario Soundboard by Flojobo&#8212;shows they&#8217;re still available. An unauthorized Pokemon Game Ultimate Edition is still up, as well.
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    &#8212;Atari: Atari wanted to take down two &#8220;clones&#8221; of the classic 80s arcade game Missile Command, called Missile Shield and Ballistic Defense. But Google hasn&#8217;t delivered on the demands of Atari lawyers, at least not yet. I wouldn&#8217;t be surprised if the app makers contested these takedowns, because the images are different and as much as Atari might like to &#8220;own&#8221; the idea of crazy rockets tumbling down a screen towards six vulnerable human cities&#8230; I&#8217;m not sure that should be copyrightable. (Although I&#8217;m sure many lawyers would disagree.) In any case, the games are still up, as is a clone of Atari&#8217;s Asteroids game.
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    &#8212;Hachette Group: The publisher filed one complaint that successfully led to the takedown of more than a dozen &#8220;apps&#8221; that appear to have simply been programs that displayed pirated e-books, including books by Nicholas Sparks, financial guru Robert Kiyosaki, and the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. These apps are all down (but cached versions are still available on the internet.)
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    &#8212;LinkedIn and U.S. Bank: A few companies tried to take down apps that simply made mobile browsing easier but Google didn&#8217;t fall for that. LinkedIn, for example, tried to have this LinkedIn Mobile app removed, even though the description says it isn&#8217;t affiliated with LinkedIn. U.S. Bank asked Google to take down developer Kevin Williams&#8217; app, which he described as simply a portal to the &#8220;quite hard to find&#8221; mobile version of the U.S. Bank website. Both apps are still up.
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    &#8212;Cartoon Network: The network demanded a takedown of Unicorn Dash on copyright grounds, an app it found too similar to the network&#8217;s own online game, Robot Unicorn Attack. The app was taken down.
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    I found that the controversial app Penetration Pro was very interesting.

    Oh and no its not a app in the same category as wank-o-meter.
     
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    Some really nice stuff there. I really enjoyed the legal reading :)
     
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    Your mobile carrier thinks that Skype, Viber, CSipSimple, SipDroid, and WhatsApp are made by the devil himself.

    Everyone with a working brain knows that all apps that use Airpush to dump ads in your notification bar are malware.

    Developers who put ads in their apps believe that AdFree should be shot, burned, and cut to pieces.
     
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    Now, these apps are not controversial but I think this is a nice place to build all kind of android app lists, I am posting some of the strangest android apps. Please share some stuff guys

    Witch Hunt

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    Believe it or not, there are witches everywhere and you can
     
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    Thank you NZAKIR.
    I have really enjoyed some of these apps.

    I guess there isn't much more really controversial apps out in the wild.
    Maybe I'm wrong, I hope so
    I imagine some apps might be to controversial to even list here.
    I suppose if someone wanted to post an app, If they were not sure if it was allowed they could ask a moderator.
     

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