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Day January 20, 2011

‘It Begins’

As much as I disdain Verizon Wireless, I have to admit I’ve always enjoyed their commercials. I hope they sell millions.

Source: YouTube via Engadget

Hacker George ‘Geohot’ Hotz offered free Windows Phone 7 device by Microsoft

It seems that these days, a mobile platform is only as successful as the apps that define it, and we all know you can’t have killer apps without the talented developers who design them. Among the most passionate and proficient programmers of any platform are the homebrew community that rallies around it. Whether we’re talking the Dev Team, xda-developers, or WebOS Internals, there is no denying the serious potential on tap in the hacker scene. Apparently someone ‘on loan to Microsoft focused on getting our developer mojo back’ gets this.

In a tweet directed at infamous hacker George Hotz aka Geohot, entrepreneur Brandon Watson offered the talented 21-year-old a free WP7 device to ‘let dev creativity flourish’. No word on whether Geohot has taken up on Watson’s offer, but a recent post mentioned he was ‘going out to buy a Windows 7 phone’ and is interested in jailbreaking Microsoft’s brand new mobile operating system.

Geohot has quite the résumé. He was one of the first individuals instrumental in jailbreaking and unlocking Apple’s iPhone and has recently been sued by Sony for publicly releasing jailbreak code for the PlayStation 3 console.

If you ask me, Geohot is the sort of guy you want pushing the limits of your platform. Kudos to Watson, Microsoft, and the Windows Phone team for reaching out to a prominent member of a largely unsung and untapped developer community. I look forward to seeing what Geohot can accomplish with WP7.

Source: @BrandonWatson via SlashGear