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Rooting exemption to the DMCA set to expire, EFF fights for permanent solution

Did you know that your right to root your Android phone is actually protected by U.S. copyright law? It's true. In a 2010 revision to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the US Copyright Office granted an exemption that made modifying copyrighted software legal for the purposes of unlocking phones. This was mostly aimed at the iPhone (as Apple was trying to establish a legal precedent for suing its own customers at the time) but the exemption applies to any cell phone, including all Android phones sold in the United States. There's just one problem: the exemption wasn't permanent, and it's set to expire later this year.

CyanogenModApps.com is not endorsed by CyanogenMod

The CyanogenMod team is planning to create an 'Android Market'-like application to easily find root applications for your devices. This is a great idea, and even indexing root applications by device compatibility would be a great help to anyone willing to load them to their device. Well, it turns out the website www.cyanogenmodapps.com is in no way connected to the CyanogenMod team.

ASUS Transformer Prime rooted — again

For those with the awesome ASUS Transformer Prime quad-core tablet that need root access we have some good news for you. The latest over the air update for the Prime that broke root -- has finally been rooted and now everyone that wants to take that route can dive in. More details after the break.

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet finally gets root access

Normally any Android phone or tablet with even a mild community interest will be quickly given root access, allowing for more powerful apps and (usually) custom ROMs to be installed. But in the case of the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet released way back in August of 2011,  that freedom has eluded owners for some time. An enterprising modder named Dan Rosenberg has finally managed to crack the black plastic nut, and score himself a nice bounty of nearly $800 in the process. It wasn't long before the boys at XDA had ClockworkMod recovery running, too.

HTC Rezound owners can run a Sense-ICS based ROM if rooted

Early builds of system software leak more often than expected, and fortunately HTC Rezound owners can now rejoice. Not only had an Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) kernel and system.img leaked a few days ago - but developers have already compiled a couple easily flashable ROMs for the public to try out. Not only that, they've taken out some of Verizon's 'bloatware' to help it run even smoother.

CyanogenMod developer calls for rooted app store

As forgiving as the Android ecosystem is, it's still not as "open" as some would like - at the insistence of Google (or increasingly, one of its manufacturer or carrier partners) apps can be whisked away from the Android Market. Most of the apps that are routinely deleted are malware, pornography or violate copyright, but plenty are perfectly legitimate tools like emulators or tethering apps. Fed up with the situation,  Koushik "Koush" Dutta of CyanogenMod, ClockworkMod Recovery and ClockworkMod Tether called for suggestions for a "banned" market, a haven for apps and ROMs that have been turned out of the Android Market for one reason or another.

Galaxy Nexus gets ClockworkMod Recovery with on-screen touch controls

This shouldn't really come as a huge surprise to most folks and I've been wanting something like this for a while now. Being able to control my recovery with the Nexus One ball or myTouch 4G trackpad it was only a matter of time before someone made on-screen touch controls like Ice Cream Sandwich. That is exactly what we have here -- ClockworkMod Recovery Touch Alpha.

ASUS Transformer Prime 1-click root and unroot tool released [Update]

Yesterday brought all kinds of exciting news for ASUS Transformer Prime owners and now we have even more. We learned the bootloader will be unlock-able, and that it will be getting the much anticipated Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update starting January 12th. Now today the root method we mentioned earlier this week has officially been released, and is as simple as a click.

2-click Windows root and unlock method developed for the Galaxy Nexus

As far as we're concerned, if you went out and bought a Samsung Galaxy Nexus on launch day, you have a responsibility to unlock that bootloader, root Android and get cracking with some custom mods and ROMs. Even though the process isn't terribly difficult, there are a good number of steps and checks, and not everyone is up for the challenge. Those of you who have been holding off for an easier method can thank "WugFresh" at GalaxyNexusForum.com, who's developed an easy Windows application that automates every step of the unlock process on Windows.