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Google Serves a Cease-and-Desist On Android Modder 336

Several readers sent in word that Google has served a Cease and Desist order to Cyanogen, one of the most prolific Android modders: his CyanogenMod is enjoyed by 30,000 users. The move is puzzling. Gizmodo wonders what Google's game is, and Lauren Weinstein calls the move "not of the high 'Googley' caliber" that one would expect of the company.
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Google Serves a Cease and Desist On Android Modder

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  • by For a Free Internet ( 1594621 ) on Friday September 25, 2009 @12:24PM (#29540719)

    Google is trying to postpone the inevitable crash of its hyperinflated fictitious capital.

    Only a planned economy under workers Soviet control can provide for the needs of all and advance human culture.

    Reforge the Fourth International, world party of socialist revolution!

  • by Killer Orca ( 1373645 ) on Friday September 25, 2009 @12:48PM (#29540985)

    Google a giant company, not your BFF.

    That's ok, I already have Facebook as my BFF.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 25, 2009 @01:13PM (#29541243)

    its more open when developers have choices.

    No, it's not, you dick. The freedom that matters is the user's freedom.

    Now now.. While I agree with your statement. You really should address it to the poster, not his sexual organ that may or may not exist.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 25, 2009 @01:17PM (#29541305)

    That's only for trademarks. Copyright and patents doesn't require defending hence why you see patent trolls wait until a product is well-entrentched before they sue them for "damages."

    I can understand Google's viewpoint on this. Assuming Cyanogen wants to continue to distribute the programs, they can always just go through the proper channels first. Then they would have a stance if Google was being slow or rejected them. It's really an issue of google protecting themselves. They probably want to avoid legal hassles that involve 3rd party distributors (where the binaries could be modified without google's knowledge or infected with a virus unintentionally or other things).

  • by Hurricane78 ( 562437 ) <deleted AT slashdot DOT org> on Friday September 25, 2009 @01:44PM (#29541651)

    Android never was open source. It did just look like it would be, to trick some into it, who you will see below, defending more the respect for their decisions than Android. ;)

    And now Google shows its real face, regarding this.

    Now I'm happy I didn't jump on that train, and chose Symbian (although still pretty crappy) as the main platform.

    P.S.: Don't ask a free-thinking developer about the iPhone, if you wanna keep your head. ;)

  • by Mister Whirly ( 964219 ) on Friday September 25, 2009 @01:50PM (#29541711) Homepage
    Hey, you spelled "Apple" wrong.
  • by cptdondo ( 59460 ) on Friday September 25, 2009 @01:52PM (#29541739) Journal

    I can't RTFM right now - slashdotted - but the TOS for using Google Maps for example is very explicit and very limited. (You can only use Google Maps from within browser, and you cannot cache the images.) Google doesn't necessarily own the data; they have licensing agreements with data providers. So Google has to uphold its agreement with the data providers.

    While I personally have abandonded using Google Maps for my project because of the license - something I find frustrating and disappointing - it is, after all, the agreeement Google must live by and enforce.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 25, 2009 @02:04PM (#29541875)

    No they aren't. The only protected app available on the market is the Maps application.

    The main issue with this is that the android device is so tightly integrated with the Google Cloud and IIRC there is no API to recreate the Dialer app publicly available.

  • by Yvan256 ( 722131 ) on Friday September 25, 2009 @02:30PM (#29542199) Homepage Journal

    The word you're looking for is Panaphonics [].

  • by lgw ( 121541 ) on Friday September 25, 2009 @03:38PM (#29542949) Journal

    Oh, wait. Do monkeys live for 1000 years?

    Hey, you could at least bother to read the RFC [] before asking such a pointless question! RFC 2795 handles such things transparently. Under the hood you'd see:

                BoBoSIM> SEND FOOD
                SanDiego> ACCEPT
                BoBoSIM> SEND MEDICINE
                SanDiego> DELAY
                BoBoSIM> SEND VETERINARIAN
                SanDiego> REFUSE
                BoBoSIM> SEND VETERINARIAN
                SanDiego> REFUSE
                BoBoSIM> NOTIFY NORESPONSE
                SanDiego> ACCEPT
                BoBoSIM> NOTIFY DEAD
                SanDiego> ACCEPT
                BoBoSIM> REPLACE MONKEY
                SanDiego> ACCEPT

    But the ZOO abstracts all that so you don't have to care.

Doubt isn't the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith. - Paul Tillich, German theologian and historian