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Google throws the ‘open’ out of ‘open-source’ by shutting down Android mod

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Well, it was nice while it lasted. With Android, Google had promised us the ideal of a truly open-source mobile operating system being headed by one of the technology world’s most influential organisations. And now, the company has gone ahead and issued a ‘Cease and Desist’ (C&D) order to one of the most popular Android mods around, CyanogenMod.

Open-source software relies on several unwritten codes of conduct. It’s one of the few places in this dog-eat-dog world – and especially a super-competitive software industry – that gives a lot of importance to morals and ethics. More importantly, open-source relies on a lot of trust, and Google just violated that.

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