- Android enthusiasts hack Honeycomb to run on Nook
According to Ryan Paul at Ars Technica this feat was accomplished on the newer Nook Color from Barnes & Noble. There has been an active hacking community fiddling with the original Nook with its dual e-ink and LCD screens, not surprising to learn they’ve also taken a shine to the new model. The port, though still missing features requiring work, demonstrates that the tablet specific version of the mobile operating system will run on lower powered hardware, not just the high end, dual core tablets shown off at CES last month.
- New PS3 firmware rumored to contain backdoor
If this rumor shared by Slashdot is true, this ranks right up with Sony’s rootkit DRM fiasco. Given the cracking of the master encryption key for their gaming platform, a certain amount of desperation makes sense. That is no excuse for putting all of their customers at risk as any such backdoor is a ripe target for attackers as much as it is a measure for the company to regain some lost control.
- Apple tells some iOS app developers they aren’t allowed to charge for content, access content bought elsewhere
Cory at BoingBoing has the story along with some food for thought around his attempts to get his works onto Apple’s mobile platform without DRM. Seems like this might be Apple slitting its own throat in a couple of ways. First, I think the FTC may increase scrutiny as these actions strike me as rather uncompetitive. Second, how much longer will Apple be able to tighten these sorts of constraints before there is a mass exodus to any platform but theirs?
- Apple clarifies its stance of accessing 3rd party paid content, Ars Technica
- How rights holders turn internet addresses into defendants’ names , Ars Technica
- One of the earliest computer viruses was DRM gone wrong, Techdirt