Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Apr 2012 08:26 UTC
Internet & Networking "The principles of openness and universal access that underpinned the creation of the internet three decades ago are under greater threat than ever, according to Google co-founder Sergey Brin. The threat to the freedom of the internet comes, he claims, from a combination of governments increasingly trying to control access and communication by their citizens, the entertainment industry's attempts to crack down on piracy, and the rise of 'restrictive' walled gardens such as Facebook and Apple, which tightly control what software can be released on their platforms." That governments - east and west - are trying to destroy the open web, that we know. As for Facebook and Apple... Well, all I know is that it is completely and utterly impossible to check what information Apple has about you. Unlike Google (more here) and to a lesser degree Facebook, Apple provides zero means to see, export, or delete the information they have on you, associated with your Apple ID or otherwise. In 2012, that's just sinister.
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RE: About walled gardens ...
by bouhko on Mon 16th Apr 2012 12:43 UTC in reply to "About walled gardens ..."
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Although it seems like the malware problem is bigger on Android, just having a "curated" app store doesnt make iOS completely immune to malware :

The thing is, Apple isn't only refusing malware to their store, they are also refusing Tor, uTorrent, Google Voice and so on. No alternative web browser either. They just refuse anything they don't like on completely arbitrary basis.

The worst part (and outright outrageous) part is that there is now way for a user to install apps using another medium (like by downlading and installing an APK directly on android). You have to jailbreak your damn device to be able to install what YOU want on YOUR phone. Seriously...

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