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It looks like Pulse SMS has been bought by Maple Media — get ready for intrusive ads?

It looks like Pulse SMS has been bought by Maple Media — get ready for intrusive ads?

If the name Maple Media doesn't ring a bell, it might be time to put the Californian company on your watchlist. Over the past few years, the startup has purchased many popular Indie Android apps like the podcast player Player FM, the photo collage maker Pic Stitch, and a whole bunch of games.

According to a TechCrunch investigation, the company's goal is to optimize existing IAP revenue streams and add its advertising network to its purchases, all while optimizing the apps thanks to shared code and developer expertise across the lineup. It looks like the latest product to become part of Maple Media's portfolio is Klinker Apps' PulseSMS, a Pushbullet competitor focused on cross-platform text message synchronization.

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Antutu benchmark applications vanish from Play Store (Update: Antutu responds)

Antutu benchmark applications vanish from Play Store (Update: Antutu responds)

Antutu is one of the most popular benchmarking applications for Android, giving phone and tablet owners an easy way to compare their performance across devices. However, all three Antutu benchmarks have been removed from the Play Store, possibly as part of the larger crackdown on apps from infamous developer Cheetah Mobile.

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Google has removed almost all Cheetah Mobile apps from the Play Store

Google has removed almost all Cheetah Mobile apps from the Play Store

Cheetah Mobile has earned a reputation as a dishonest, destructive Android development studio that occasionally buys up successful apps and turns them into data-collecting, IAP-infested cash machines. The company has also clashed with Play Store policies more than once, but it always managed to find its way back onto the platform. It looks like Google got tired of this game and seems to have decided to ban the developer's products.

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Shocker: Cheetah Mobile's CM Launcher keeps data in unsecured cloud storage

Shocker: Cheetah Mobile's CM Launcher keeps data in unsecured cloud storage

Mobile app empire Cheetah Mobile not only makes terrible software, but has even found its products ejected from the Play Store on occasion for breaking rules. If you somehow need more reasons not to use apps from the company, one developer has discovered that some applications, including CM Launcher, store data in an unsecured cloud storage bucket.

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[Update: Cheetah responds] Cheetah Mobile strikes again: QuickPic returns to Play Store, loaded with bugs and advertisements

[Update: Cheetah responds] Cheetah Mobile strikes again: QuickPic returns to Play Store, loaded with bugs and advertisements

There's always a sense of concern when a popular app is sold off to a new owner. Sometimes everything goes well, but it's not uncommon for new ownership to lead to more aggressive advertising or other problems. QuickPic was a popular photo gallery app years ago, and it has returned to the Play Store — in worse shape than ever.

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Change spotted: Cheetah Mobile starts listing some of its apps under "Leopard Mobile" (nice try, guys)

Change spotted: Cheetah Mobile starts listing some of its apps under "Leopard Mobile" (nice try, guys)

The Cheetah Mobile story is the gift that keeps on giving. There can't be a few months of break between incidents, scandals, or even weird news involving the company, and today is no different. We just spotted that two of Cheetah's applications are now masquerading under a new developer name: Leopard Mobile. Yup, sounds legit.

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PSA: QuickPic disappeared from the Play Store following Cheetah debacle, and you should uninstall it if you're still using it

PSA: QuickPic disappeared from the Play Store following Cheetah debacle, and you should uninstall it if you're still using it

For many years, QuickPic was the darling photo gallery app of many. It was small, fast, efficient, and free — a rare combination of features. Then in 2015, QuickPic was bought by Cheetah Mobile and, despite many assurances that the app wouldn't be monetized with ads, those of us who had followed Cheetah over the years could guess that something was up. Now, following a huge Cheetah debacle last month, QuickPic has disappeared from the Play Store. If this isn't indication enough that things are iffy, I don't know what is.

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[Update: Google status update] Google has removed two apps implicated in Cheetah Mobile and Kika click fraud scheme

[Update: Google status update] Google has removed two apps implicated in Cheetah Mobile and Kika click fraud scheme

If you were, for some reason, hoping to download CM File Manager or Kika Keyboard, I have some bad news. A report last week claimed that Cheetah Mobile and an associated company called Kika Tech were engaged in some shady advertising practices, and now Google has responded. These two apps have been suspended from the Play Store, and Google may still take further action.

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[Update: CM responds, lawyers circle] Evidence points to Cheetah Mobile and Kika Tech engaging in massive click fraud scheme

[Update: CM responds, lawyers circle] Evidence points to Cheetah Mobile and Kika Tech engaging in massive click fraud scheme

I know this is going to be shocking, but Cheetah Mobile may be involved in some very shady dealings. According to app analytics firm Kochava, Cheetah Mobile and an associated company called Kika Tech are using extensive permissions in their Android apps to fraudulently claim commissions for app installs from advertisers. The eight apps detected by Kochava have more than 2 billion downloads in the Play Store and around 700 million active users.

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Cheetah Mobile's Security Master app hits 500 million installs on the Play Store

Cheetah Mobile's Security Master app hits 500 million installs on the Play Store

Everyone's favorite developer, Cheetah Mobile, has published many apps with tens of millions of downloads. Some have even hit 100 million. 500 million, however, is a challenge for any company, but Cheetah Mobile has cheated the odds and hit 500 million downloads on Security Master, its second app to do so.

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