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‘Superblack’ bird of paradise feathers absorb 99.95% of light
19337
4 Girls 1 Rat
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Mods are asleep, Upvote Charlie
6253
Sean Manaea has no hit the Boston Red Sox.
11165
My sister's ridiculously photogenic cat Simba turns 11 today
24632
Mood killer
61744
Roommate is a radiology major and today they x-rayed flowers. Thought you guys might enjoy
32763
You haven't unlocked this area yet.
33429
The recently discovered Giant Squid Nebula in the constellation Cepheus
8795
MRW someone says my custom built jetpack won't work
18274
Prince playing Purple Rain for the first time in front of an audience. They have no idea what they are witnessing. He Kills it.
5729
Rails? Where we're going we don't need.... rails...
63309
TIL that while in Sharon Springs, Theodore Roosevelt was approached by a 12-year-old girl who asked if he would like to have a badger. Expecting to humor her, he agreed, and the girl came back with a 2-week-old badger. President Roosevelt named him Josiah and he became one of the presidential pets.
28384
Fresh Squeezed Lemonade!
13734
Man bit by shark on Kauai's south shore survived a bear attack just months prior
25964
'Male contraceptive pill' successfully limits sperm activity without side effects, scientists find
42625
Near ground level wingtip vortices
19766
I know there are a lot of pictures from Zion National Park on this subreddit, but it’s probably for a reason. Here’s my photo from there, taken last summer. [OC] [3264x2448]
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Fallout cosplay
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The shape of water
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My dog really loves me for me...
13434
U.S. Marines driving through burning oil fields in Kuwait, 1991.
16195
Where boys became men
20532
He grew up so fast!
4251
?? muddy lion ??
17038
Yu-Gi-Oh
8630
Rejoice, he's finally here!
3448
MRW someone says that my custom-built jetpack will not work
28871
Over the past 6 months. He’s grown a little.
16553
YOU TURNED HER AGAINST ME
8222
Captain Bruce Ballantyne, Patrol commander of T Patrol, the Long Range Desert Group (LRDG), probably taken in the Western Desert, Libya, 1940-43
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Fresh Squeezed
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Laundry Chomper
14721
Keeping up with the Skywalkers
10740
Just getting some McDonalds
78690
Verne Troyer, best known as Mini-Me in "Austin Powers," has died
15859
Wear something sexier
5193
MARIO & CAPPY- Digital Drawing
4404
I know its not much, but i got my wings yesterday
16434
Verne Troyer prepares for Shark Week
7143 JeffGoldblum64 I don't know the specific reasoning for this weather app to ask this (and which one in particular is not mentioned), but Music apps generally will ask the same thing to make sure to mute the music upon detecting a phone call.
2475 Mister_Akuma87 My father's bank smartphone app has requested authorization to his whole contact list after the last update. And you cannot use the app anymore if you don't agree. Ass. Holes...
1501 ticanic My phone came in with six preinstalled games, all of which required permission to access my contacts, gallery, camera, and more. Deleted instantly.
1696 unfurL “Hello??? This is weather calling”
534 808jazz808 “ITS REALLY URGENT BRO THE SKY IS LIKE PINK RIGHT NOW BROOOO”
202 Lars2_1 And seeing that in games that are loaded with ads in the first place makes me wonder..
260 noujour This is type of permission that absolutely NEEDS priming. There are valid reasons for asking it (though I don't see why a weather app would need it), but please just prime your users dammit.
463 Bokbreath Denied .. and deleted
114 DukeJan This is the Android READ_PHONE_STATE permission. And it throws the warning you see in the screenshot. 100% this permission is used for the ad module. Google service/Android itself also uses this out of the box for the same reason. The entire Android and google services is free because it is 'ad based'. You can read all about it in google's privacy policy. This way the Googles ad module in the app knows what ads to show you based on the saved data on the google cloud. Every app that uses this permission wil 99.99% need it for the ad module. The calling state for pausing games isn't needed anymore since Android 1.6 I think. Let's go back to why the developer might enable this permission: Android pools several functionality in single permissions. Also on older devices the workings of the permissions pooling can differ. And the user itselfs often complain that an app should work for older devices too. For example READ_PHONE_STATE permission is needed to see: * Looking up Imei number for example strict purchase checks per device * The actual state of the phone call to for example pause the game. <--this is for very old android phones * Read your *own* number only <--Another permission (READ_PHONE_NUMBERS) is needed to view other numbers * read phone number of other party * which provider is used What it's used for now is: * identify your device for target-ads (so the ad provider could tell whether a certain ad was already shown to you) * rightfully by call-blockers and similar apps which need to determine the remote phone number * for several statistics and other technical apps (again, rightfully) Yes it gives the possibilty to spy on you. But if the app needs any permission above, it simply needs the spying option enabled. Even if they don't want to do that as developer. **TL;DR;** * It's used for ad module, purely for comparison with already stored data by Google * It's not used for pausing your game * It cannot read your contact list * If you want to blame anyone blame the ad module and the entire Google's Free, ad based, cloud service. And don't use Android or any Google service after reading the privacy policy. Not the actual developer who wants to make some money by implementing the ad module in his app. **edit** Better yet, dont use **any** free services like facebook, gmail, youtube, etc if you dont want this stuff to happen.