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CyanogenMod domain shuts down after extortion attempt [Update]

Some sad news has appeared over the past few hours regarding the most popular and biggest community developed ROM for Android. No, our beloved CyanogenMod ROM isn't going anywhere but their domain, official site, entire history, and email has all been shut down and compromised as of late. Sadly when things get big sometimes greed gets involved and that's exactly the case here.

CyanogenMod 10 launches second monthly build with support for 25 devices

It was only a month ago that CyanogenMod released its first monthly build, and now, one month later to the day, they have delivered M2. The M-series monthly build is meant for users who want to forgo some of buggier builds that come with the nightlies. It still lets them get the latest features, but the builds tend to be much more stable.

CyanogenMod ditches ROM Manager in favor of its own update system

CyanogenMod, the popular aftermarket community-based firmware distribution platform, traditionally came bundled with ROM Manager to handle its updates. They are ditching this system in favor of their own over-the-air update solution. Change is not always a bad thing, and early reports are saying that this is actually one of the better over-the-air update solutions available.

Baidu-branded custom ROM available for Nexus S

For the uninitiated, Baidu is sometimes considered the "Chinese Google", starting with a powerful (and relentlessly censored) search engine and expanding into things like email, maps and even mobile services. Now the company has taken it one step further, releasing a complete ROM for the Nexus S, replacing all of Google's services with their own. It's kind of like some of the Bing-branded Android phones Verizon has released, only creepier.

AOKP adding swiping widgets to Galaxy Nexus navbar

We've got to hand it to the Android Open Kang Project: when it comes to taking advantage of the Galaxy Nexus, no one's going faster or harder. The custom ROM team has one of the most comprehensive modifications to the Galaxy Nexus' nearly unique soft navigation buttons out there already, with custom shortcuts, icons, colors and widgets. Their next trick is to add multiple widgets to a single icon, allowing users to quickly and easily adjust settings and playback from just about any app.

AOKP Backup keeps your ROM settings safe

If you flash as many ROMs as we do, you know it's a pain to set up everything juuuust the way you like it. Apps like Titanium Backup can help, but these usually aren't meant for the ROM itself. If you're currently rocking Android Open Kang Project (like me!) you can now save a little extra time when switching to a new device or flashing a "clean" ROM. It's not a Nandroid, it simply backs up the settings in the custom AOKP menu.

32GB HP TouchPad on sale for $195 – today only

Ever since an insane fire sale chopped the price off of the HP TouchPad down to $100, the one and only WebOS tablet has become something of a modder's dandy. While they're nearly impossible to find at retail these days, the cheeky salesmen at Woot.com have managed to snag an unknown quantity of the upgraded 32GB version, and they're selling them off for $194.99 each (plus $5 shipping). They're bound to go quickly, and Woot only sells an item for one day in any case, so hurry if your want one.

HTC HD2 can’t be stopped: gets Sense 4.0 ROM

At this point, the HTC HD2 is nothing short of legendary. The phone originally launched with Windows Mobile 6.5 way back in 2009, but it's super high-end specs (including the first 4.3-inch touchscreen) and easy hack-ability have made it the host to more Windows and Android mods than you can shake a stylus at. After a CM9 port, you'll soon be able to rock Ice Cream Sandwich on your gigantic proto-superphone along with HTC Sense 4.0 - just as nature intended.