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  • 12:04:11 pm on July 26, 2010 | 0
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    AP reports that the government supports and jailbreaking for mobile phones, which includes the iOS:

    Owners of the iPhone will be able to break electronic locks on their devices in order to download applications that have not been approved by Apple. The government is making that legal under new rules announced Monday.

    The decision to allow the practice commonly known as “jailbreaking” is one of a handful of new exemptions from a federal law that prohibits the circumvention of technical measures that control access to copyrighted works.

    There are definitely limitations to jailbreaking and it can severely mess up your phone if you do it wrong. It has become a lot easier over the years and this only means one more victory for open-sourcers.

    However, Apple will definitely fight to protect their property and we will no doubt hear the last of this. For one, jailbreaking will allow for streaming TV and flash applications to be used on the phone, which can effect the AT&T network and not just the phone. This decision involves multiple parties and there will definitely be repercussions. Personally I think the move is a bit over-the-top and should have been discussed in detail with the parties concerned.

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