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Feed Engadget: Google hits Android ROM modder with a cease-and-desist letter (

So this is interesting: apparently Google's hit the developer of the Cyanogen modded Android ROM with a cease-and-desist letter, asking him to stop distributing the closed-source Google apps like Gmail, Maps, and YouTube. What's a little strange is that Cyanogen is targeted at "Google Experience" devices like the G1 and myTouch, so it's not like Google is really protecting anything here -- leading us to wonder if they're just using the copyright argument to shut down a popular mod that's tempted over 30,000 users into rooting their phones. That's just speculation on our part, though -- the dev says he's trying to open a dialogue with Google, so perhaps we'll find out some more answers soon.

[Via Android and Me]

Filed under: Cellphones

Google hits Android ROM modder with a cease-and-desist letter originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 24 Sep 2009 22:26:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Submission + - Google Serves a Cease and Desist order to Android (

An anonymous reader writes: Google served a Cease and Desist order to a popular android developer for distributing closed source Google applications. I'm not any good at writing summary's so hopefully someone submitted it with a better one. Just thought i'd bring it up.

Comment Re:Memtest not perfect. (Score 1) 724

"My experience with memtest is you can trust the results if it says the memory is bad, however if the memory passed it could still be bad."

This has been my experience too. I hate to recommend Microsoft products but I've found that Windows Memory Diagnostic to be more thorough than memtest86. It has found bad memory that memtest86 missed on more than one occasion.

Comment Re:Open Source is the best you can have in science (Score 1) 250

Is this the spec to which you refer? If it is then you are incorrect about it being open source. A license is required to run it. It is possible to obtain the code so you can build it, but sharing it is definitely not allowed. The macros you write for it, however, are as open as you'd like them to be.

Submission + - NASA Outlines Plan for Manned Mars Mission

Ponca City, We Love You writes: "Nasa has released details of its strategy for sending a human crew to Mars within the next few decades. The US space agency envisages dispatching a "minimal" crew on a 30-month round trip to Mars in a 400,000 kg spacecraft. The mission's journey from Earth to Mars would take six to seven months in a spacecraft powered by an advanced cryogenic fuel propulsion system assembled in low-Earth orbit using three to four Ares V rockets. The spacecraft itself would be equipped with "closed-loop" life support systems, in which air and water would be recycled and plants would be grown onboard to feed the crew and contribute to the "psychological health" of the astronauts. The original presentation shows that astronauts could spend 500 days on the Martian surface (pdf, page 6). Nasa still needs to come up with solutions for effectively protecting the astronauts from high levels of cosmic radiation and astronauts will also need medical equipment for the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses or injuries. The Mars Design Reference Architecture also envisions using the Moon as a proving ground to demonstrate supportability concepts for long duration missions and component performance in dusty environments."

Submission + - Earth's Evil Twin (

Riding with Robots writes: "For the past two years, Europe's Venus Express orbiter has been studying Earth's planetary neighbor up close. Today, mission scientists have released a new collection of findings and amazing images. They include evidence of lightning and other results that flesh out a portrait of a planet that is in many ways like ours, and in many ways hellishly different, such as surface temperatures over 400C and air pressure a hundred times that on Earth."

Submission + - Demonoid Shut Down by CRIA Again (

Klatoo55 writes: Demonoid has apparently lost its hosting after the company renting its servers caved to pressure from the CRIA. Any Demonoid URL now displays the text "The CRIA threatened the company renting the servers to us, and because of this it is not possible to keep the site online. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for your understanding." Torrentfreak posted a comment from the site IRC saying to "expect the site to return" unless Deimos says otherwise.

Submission + - Demonoid gone for good?

acedotcom writes: It looks like the best North American torrent tracker on the net might be gone for good. follows up... The popular BitTorrent tracker Demonoid has been taken offline again and this time it looks like the site is gone for good. A notice on the Demonoid homepage reads: "The CRIA threatened the company renting the servers to us, and because of this it is not possible to keep the site online. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for your understanding." read more here — Maybe they hould invest in Sealand?

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