George Hotz

Sony on Monday dropped its jailbreaking lawsuit against PlayStation 3 hacker George Hotz in exchange for promises the New Jersey hacker would never again tinker with the game console or any Sony product, records show. Respected for his iPhone hacks and now the PlayStation 3 jailbreak, Hotz was accused of breaching the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and other laws after he published an encryption key and software tools on his website in January that allow Playstation owners to gain complete control of their consoles from the firmware on up. The DMCA prohibits the trafficking of so-called “circumvention devices” designed

Hack a Sony gadget and you might get slapped with a lawsuit. Hack a Windows phone, however, and you might get a free T-shirt and a phone call from Microsoft. That’s the sort of treatment Windows Phone 7 hackers report receiving from Microsoft: warm embrace, a willingness to collaborate and free gear as if they’re part of a new team. In recent weeks, Microsoft representatives have reportedly met with Windows Phone 7 jailbreakers to discuss how they can support “homebrew” apps — third-party software that doesn’t require the approval of Microsoft

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