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The company that wanted to put ‘a bullet through Google’s head’ is dead

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It turns out lying about userbase, millions of dollars, and ambitious claims aren’t enough for a company to take Android’s future away from Google. 

Cyanogen Inc., a startup based in Palo Alto, is shutting down all its services, including nightly builds. The company’s open source fork CyanogenMod will also be discontinued on New Year’s Eve. 

The surprise announcement leaves over 50 million users, which the company claims are using its software, out in the dark. Cyanogen is a modified version of Android that doesn’t need to rely on Google services. Read more…

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