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  1. Deus Ex: The Fall Impossible to Play on Jailbroken Devices

    I never asked for this either.

    Remember that mobile app game, Deus Ex: The Fall, that nobody asked for? Well, turns out that if you bought it anyway and happen to have a jailbroken device, then you just spent $7 dollars on bupkis. Apparently you can't fire any any guns on a jailbroken phone or tablet, including the necessary tranquilizer gun you need to complete the tutorial. Come on, Square Enix. Stop doing this to us. There's only so many times we can make "I never asked for this" funny before we get really bummed out by how often we say and mean it.

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  2. Radio Buttons Found in Jailbroken iPad Files May Signal New Incoming Functionality

    Apple products like iPhones and iPads getting jailbroken is nothing new, but sometimes this freedom also leads to interesting discoveries within the digital bowels of these gadgets. Such is the case with a series of buttons within the iPad Music app found on jailbroken iOS 6.1 iPads by 9to5Mac. If these buttons are indicative of the future and not some leftover vestige of a former direction, it looks like some kind of radio functionality will be coming to the iPad.

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  3. Jailbroken Kindle Paperwhite Lets You… Do Normal Tablet Stuff

    Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite, the newest version of their dedicated E-reader, doesn't seem like it would be incredibly popular with the reverse-engineering, hardware-hacker set: It's black and white, and really one designed with purpose in mind... reading. Then again, maybe that's exactly why someone decided to jailbreak it, opening up to world for adventurous Kindle-users to new and exciting features like... weather widgets, and other stuff you could've done if you had gotten a fully-functional tablet instead.

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  4. Surprise! Somebody’s Already Jailbroken an iPhone 5

    Well that didn't take long. It's been less than a day since the iPhone 5 was released to the public, and someone has already posted evidence that they've jailbroken Apple's newest device. Grant Paul, a.k.a. chpwn, posted a picture on Twitter of Cydia, an App store for jailbroken iPhones, running on his shiny new iPhone 5. The kicker? He posted that picture less than 12 hours after Apple started selling the phone on yesterday morning.

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  5. iOS 6 Developer Beta Jailbroken In Less Than 24 Hours

    Technology moves fast, so it should come as no surprise that with the introduction of a new version of iOS there's a new jailbreak that can crack it open. What might come as a surprise is that this new jailbreak surfaced less than 24 hours after the announcement of iOS 6; the operating system proper isn't even out yet. That said, the jailbreak isn't totally polished or even what you might call "usable", but it exists and it works.

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  6. According to iTunes, “Jailbreak” is a Dirty Word

    Over on iTunes, "jailbreak" has apparently become so reviled that Apple has removed most references to the word. Its offensive powers have been curtailed by reducing the word to "j*******k" and has joined such classics as "f**k" and "s**t" as words unspeakable on iTunes. It's also likely to set a record for the use of amount of asterisks in a single word.

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  7. Untethered Jailbreak Comes to iOS 5 Along With Legal Siri Port

    Today is a good day for people with iOS devices, specifically people with older iOS devices. Not only did jailbreakers pod2g and the Chronic Dev team release an untethered  jailbreak for A4-processor based iOS 5 devices, but there's also a new jailbreak app called Spire, which brings Siri to all kinds of previously unsupported iDevice models, and to boot, it's entirely legal. Like I said, today is a good day.

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  8. Judge OKs PaypPal Subpoenas in GeoHot Lawsuit

    Federal magistrate Joseph Spero has given permission for Sony to subpoena electronic payment provider PayPal as part of the consumer electronic's lawsuit against George Hotz, the hacker who published the PlayStation 3 jailbreak program. The subpoena would cover all transactions made over PayPal between January 1, 2009 and February 1, 2011. Sony is hoping that the information in Hotz's PayPal account will show that he accepted money from northern California residents. Were they to find any, it would bolster their claim that the trial should be held in San Francisco and not Hotz's home state of New Jersey. Readers will recall that this was the same intent behind Sony's early subpoenas aimed at Google, Twitter, and the hosting service for Hotz's website. Many internet privacy advocates have already registered their concerns about Sony's subpoena of social networking services. Of course, simply finding transactions will not be enough. Sony will have to prove that Hotz accepted money for his jailbreaking tool, a claim that Hotz denies. Hotz faces charges under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the federal law which prohibits, among other things, posting tools that subvert copyright protection. The tool Hotz created gave PS3 users complete control over their systems, allowing them to do everything from playing pirated games to installing alternative operating systems. This is only the latests salvo in the ongoing lawsuit, and surely not the last. Remember: The trial hasn't even started yet. The real fun is yet to come.

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  9. PS3 Jailbreaker’s Website Subpoenaed, User Information Targeted

    Federal Magistrate Joseph Sperohas allowed Sony to demand information related to the internet activities of George Hotz, the hacker that published tools allowing users to jailbreak their PlayStation 3 consoles. Sony's suit against Hotz is based around the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, which prohibits sharing information to disable copy-protection systems. Their argument hinges mostly on how the jailbreak gave PS3 users allows the use of pirated games, though it can also be used to simply gain full control over the console. In a somewhat shifty move, the subpeona's also request information about people who visited Hotz's site and downloaded the jailbreaking program. Apparently this is to determine the distribution Hotz's program has received. It's also being used to determine where the trial will be held. From Wired:

    [...] a jurisdictional argument over whether Sony must sue Hotz in his home state of New Jersey rather than in San Francisco, which Sony would prefer. Sony said the server logs would demonstrate that many of those who downloaded Hotz’s hack reside in Northern California — thus making San Francisco a proper venue for the case.
    Sony has also requested visitor and download information from Hotz's webhsot Bluehost, from Google about visitor's to Hotz's blog, and also to from YouTube about viewers of the jailbreaking videos. His twitter account is also a target of the investigation. It's difficult to ignore the ominous overtones of requesting such information, which will likely make those that have downloaded Hotz's tools squirm a bit. As of now, there is no direct indication that Sony will use the information for anything other than the Hotz case. Until the hearing begins next month, the ball is more or less in the court of the companies receiving subpoenas and web-privacy advocates. In some cases, companies have fought against such requests -- such as Twitter's resistance to reveal information about an Icelandic member of parliament associated with Wikileaks. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has already complained about the subpoenas, which appears to have been largely ignored by the courts. There is certainly a fight of some kind brewing here, likely on web-privacy grounds. For the moment, however, it seems that proponents of open electronics and privacy advocates have lost this round. (via Wired)

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  10. Kevin Butler’s Twitter Account Accidentally Tweets PS3 Security Key

    Kevin Butler, a fictional character played by Jerry Lambert in Sony's "It Only Does Everything" campaign and Sony's Regional Manager of War, recently retweeted the METLDR root key, otherwise known as the PlayStation 3 security key. Twitter user @exiva sent Kevin Butler's Twitter account this tweet, to which Kevin Butler's Twitter account replied with this one (the link is a retweet of Kevin Butler's now-removed reply).

    The reason why I'm not referring to Kevin Butler's Twitter account as simply "Kevin Butler?" Because Kevin Butler is a character played by an actor, and his Twitter account is most likely handled by various people, as one who follows @TheKevinButler and notices small deviations in writing style between different tweets probably realizes. Hopefully whichever person retweeted the security key--whether they knew what the mess of numbers was or not--doesn't receive some kind of harsh punishment for retweeting something that can be found with a quick Google search.

    (via GamersMint)

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  11. New PS3 Firmware Update Prevents Jailbreak For Now

    Around a week after the PSGroove was made downloadable and free to the public, Sony has released a mandatory firmware update 3.42 for the PlayStation 3, effectively stopping the jailbreak for now.

    Not that this is a surprise, but foregoing the firmware update will prevent access to the PlayStation Network. So, at the moment, if someone wants their console cracked, they'll have to trade online functionality. Of course, as is the relationship between crackers and companies, Sony will probably be caught in an ongoing tug of war with people insistent on creating jailbreaks for the rest of the console's lifecycle.

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  12. PS3 Cracked on Two Phones — And a Calculator

    The downloadable, open source PS3 jailbreak, PSGroove has now been successfully applied by using two different mobile phones and TI-84 Plus calculator.

    As reported about a week ago, now that a downloadable, open source crack for the PS3 exists, keeping it from spreading should be virtually unstoppable. Coupled with its open source code, it was simply a matter of time before the crack became easier to implement and it's application became available for different devices, although the recent firmware update may spoil future fun.

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  13. PSGroove: Open Source PS3 Jailbreak, Available for Download

    A new, open source PS3 jailbreak, called PSGroove, is now available for download.

    After the PlayStation 3 was finally cracked, the Australian Federal Court quickly put a stop to the jailbreak's circulation by halting the distribution of the crack and turning the cracking group's inventory over to Sony, the long-overdue crack's future was looking grim (for people into that sort of thing).

    However, a new, open source jailbreak has just been released, dubbed PSGroove.

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  14. Australian Federal Court Halts PSJailbreak Distribution

    As mentioned two days ago, the PlayStation 3 was finally cracked by a group of hackers, who then (against everything that piracy stands for) decided to sell their jailbreak for a steep price of $130. Today, only two days later, the Australian Federal Court has put an end to the group's efforts. PS3Hax posted the court's decision, which essentially prevents the jailbreak device from being distributed in any manner whatsoever.

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  15. PlayStation 3 Finally Cracked

    In quite possibly the longest time it took hackers to crack anything, four years after its launch, the PlayStation 3 has finally been cracked. Best (if you're into that sort of thing) or worst (if you're Sony) of all, is that the crack is applied via a simple plug and play USB stick, complete with a GUI installer that doesn't void warranties, is compatible with any region and model of the PS3 and claims to never brick the console. Other features include backing up games to an internal or external hard drive, which allows them to load faster, and the ability to install homebrew applications.

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  16. Jailbreaking Phones is Now Legal

    This is huge: jailbreaking iPhones and other electronic devices to run software unauthorized by the companies that make them is no longer a criminal act. Every three years, the Library of Congress reviews the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, and their latest review, which among other things protects jailbreakers, appears to be a major victory for free speech proponents who find the copyright law too restrictive.

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  17. iPad Jailbreak: Fast, but Expected

    Two weeks ago, hacking superstar geohot posted a video of an untethered jailbreak for the iPod Touch and iPhone 3GS, and hinted that it would "probably work on the iPad too." Well, we've just gotten what appears to be our iPad jailbreak alright, as expected -- but it came not from geohot, but from a different camp.

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