Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 21st Jul 2012 23:06 UTC
In the News Okay, so this is entirely new to me. Sparrow is was an email client for Mac OS X and iOS (and Windows), which brought a decent Gmail experience to these platforms - as opposed to Apple's own not-so-good Gmail support and Google's Gmail iOS application which, well, is just a webpage. Google has now acquired Sparrow, and basically all hell has broken loose, to the point of Rian van der Merwe writing that 'we' lost "faith in a philosophy that we thought was a sustainable way to ensure a healthy future for independent software development, where most innovation happens".
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Think your missing the point, he's "whining" about the loss of innocence and completely misunderstanding the world he lives in. Hell, if I thought that somehow having an 'ethical' position of actually paying small developers for apps was the answer, for all the ills that permeate development and use of software, only to realise it wasn't, I'd be a little miffed.

It's a conundrum to be sure and I don't know the answer. As a user, think we're f'd either way and the future looks bleak.

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