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Each Generation and Its Apps, Your Smartphone Isn't as Safe as You Think It Is and More #Mustreads

Everyone is addicted to Facebook, millennials can't let go of Snapchat and Boomers are still playing Words With Friends.

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Happy Friday!

Here are your morning mustreads from around the Web, brought to you by Re/code:

  1. Baby Boomers are still playing Words With Friends, Facebook is popular with everyone (though Millennials avoid its messenger app) and there are a whole lot of very popular apps you’ve probably never heard of. So says a comprehensive ComScore report on the state of mobile apps. The Atlantic has a summary, and you can view the full report here.
  2. reports that researchers at UC Riverside have found a vulnerability enabling them to hack into Android, iOS and Windows mobile operating systems. This is scary: They were able to successfully steal personal information from Gmail, Amazon and Chase Bank apps at a 92 percent success rate.
  3. With apps designed to fulfill our laziest desires (hacking laundry? disrupting pizza delivery?) popping up all the time, it’s a miracle we haven’t yet become housebound automatons. But it does seems like that’s the logical end of our “instant gratification economy.” If you’re not to afraid to look, Paul Ford imagined what that endpoint looks like, in a post for Medium.
  4. A year ago, Bleacher Report founder Bryan Goldberg was roundly mocked for his bold declaration that his new women’s interest site “Bustle” would be the future of women’s writing on the Web. A year later, he’s succeeding, but not all of his critics have warmed to the site. Slate has more.
  5. The Fader is one of the best (and most under-appreciated) music sites on the Web. They recently underwent a nifty redesign, consistently run great interviews (like this one with emerging electronic music prince Hudson Mohawke) and just posted a deeply moving photo essay from Ferguson, now up on their site.

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