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Custom ROM aims to bring Facebook Chat Heads to all

Last month the folks from Facebook had a pretty busy few weeks releasing Facebook Home, the HTC First phone, and of course their new Messenger application with tons of new features. The only thing we really liked from Facebook's new arsenal was their unified messenger system called Chat Heads. Little bobble heads on the edges of the display for seamless communication. Soon we'll be getting that, without Facebook.

Pie Controls come to CyanogenMod 10 to give you more screen real estate

The folks from CyanogenMod took to their Google+ page earlier today to announce an awesome new feature that is now available on many CM10 nightly builds. It's called Pie Controls, and is popular with many Android ROM's, especially Paranoid Android. We first saw Pie Controls in the now replaced stock browser in Honeycomb, but starting today they'll be available in a completely different way.

HTC goes after ROM repository HTCRuu

HTC has recently set their sites on another ROM repository. This latest is HTCRuu.com and the owner has recently been contacted by lawyers from HTC demanding the site be taken down and the domain name transferred over to them. This all seems to come down to the fact the site was providing ROMs, however the complaints were dealing with trademark infringement and copyrighted material.

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.