Google’s Android market experienced its first real security lapse on Wednesday as more than a dozen apps were found to be lined with malicious code that could be used to steal user information and more, CNN reports. These apps were promptly pulled from Google’s smartphone app store, but not before raising serious questions about the Android Market’s safety.

Unlike Apple’s App Store, the Android Market prides itself on being “open,” which, in geek speak, means Google doesn’t hand-pick the apps that will be sold for phones running its operating system…

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