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Tuesday's papers: Stubb's competition, 10 year-old reveals Instagram flaw, souped-up electric bikes

The papers on Tuesday featured stories about Finance Minister Alexander Stubb's chances of remaining at the helm of the National Coalition Party. A 10 year-old Finnish boy is rewarded for finding a security flaw in Instagram. Officials are concerned about people souping up their electric bicycles to make them twice as fast as they are permitted to run.

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Yesterday Finland's Finance Minister Alexander Stubb kicked off his bid to retain leadership of the National Coalition Party, but according to a fresh poll by media house Lännen Media, he has some competition breathing down his neck.

Daily newspaper Aamulehti reports that according to a poll of National Coalition party members and leaders, Stubb has a one percent lead on the party's second-favourite candidate for the post, MP Jan Vapaavuori.

According to the poll, some 29.3 percent said they would like to see Stubb keep his top spot. However, right behind him is Jan Vapaavuori with 28.3 percent. Stubb would likely lose against Vapaavuori if the two would face off in an interparty vote, with those polled giving Vapaavuori 56 percent of their votes, according to the poll.

In a not-distant third place among those polled is Interior Minister Petteri Orpo, who has not yet announced whether he will run for the party leadership post, with 22.7 percent.

If Orpo does make a run for the party chair, the poll found that Stubb would likely lose to him by a nearly ten percent margin, the paper writes.

10 year-old gets 9,000 euros from Instagram

A 10 year-old boy from Helsinki was awarded a nine thousand euro reward for revealing a security flaw in the Instagram photo sharing app.

Without much technical information revealed, the tabloid Iltalehti reports that in March of this year, the Helsinki-based 10 year-old found that by placing malicious code into the application's comments field, he could delete other people's comments.

"I found I could delete other people's comments from there," the boy is quoted by the paper.

The young computer expert notified Instagram by email and a few days later the Facebook-owned company forwarded him a thank you payment of just over nine thousand euros.

Although this was the first time he has received a reward for his efforts, it was not the first occasion that he had revealed security flaws in websites.

The boy's father told the paper he was surprised at just how much his son had learned about IT security.

The boy says he dreams of a future career as a computer security expert.

"It would be my dream job, security is really important," the 10 year-old told the paper.

Electric bikes souped up to 50 km per hour

Sales of electric motor-assisted bicycles are gradually increasing in Finland. As with nearly all gadgets, some people just aren't satisfied with the status quo, and electric bikes appear to be no exception.

Jyväskylä-based daily Keskisuomalainen reports that some electric bike enthusiasts are tweaking the bike's battery-powered motors enabling them run faster than the law allows.

In some cases the bicycles are tuned so that they reach 50 kilometres per hour, the paper writes.

"It is an infinitely big safety risk if a cyclist is racing at that speed on pedestrian and bicycle paths," says Tomi Rossi, training specialist at the traffic safety agency Liikenneturva.

The scope of the problem may well get more light shed upon it next week, when Finnish police plan to intensively monitor light vehicle traffic. A nearly weeklong police surveillance of light traffic pathways and roads begins on May 9 and runs until May 15, according to the paper.

Police Inspector Pasi Kemppainen said that once someone knows what they're doing, an electric bicycle can be tweaked to run faster in a couple of minutes.

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