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EFF accuses Apple of going the full evil

If Apple's mobile devices are the future of computing, you can expect that future to be one with more limits on innovation and competition than the PC era that came before.
Written by Dana Blankenhorn, Inactive

"If Apple wants to be a real leader, it should be fostering innovation and competition, rather than acting as a jealous and arbitrary feudal lord."

Is that a quote from Richard Stallman? From Steve Ballmer? Some dirty hippie blogger like myself?

Nope, it's Electronic Frontier Foundation lawyer Fred von Lohmann (right), responding to his own "get," a copy of the iPhone Developer License Agreement, now posted on the EFF Web site. (Picture from ZDNet Government.)

How convenient of Tim Bray to land at Google on such a propitious day. This has to be considered an enormous opportunity for Google to attract developers to the Android platform.

In his own blog post about the document, called a legal analysis, von Lohmann says he got the document through a Freedom of Information Act request, after noticing that NASA has an app in the Apple app store.

What makes this relevant to open source is von Lohmann's charge that iPhone developers are forbidden from even allowing interoperability with open source software in their apps. "If Apple's mobile devices are the future of computing, you can expect that future to be one with more limits on innovation and competition than the PC era that came before."

In early trading the stock was down one percent, a loss of over $2 billion in market cap.  That may have nothing to do with this story, however. Google was down a similar amount. Major averages were down marginally.

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