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IPA God Source Code Available For Sale, Could Enable App Store Piracy

iOS App Store piracy could be right around the corner for non-jailbroken devices if the source code of a new iPhone app falls into the wrong hands. IPA God recently made the news as an application that allows someone with a non-jailbroken iOS device to pirate (download for free) paid applications from the iTunes App Store. Now that the source code for this application is for sale, allowing anyone to purchase and distribute this application to the masses.

App Store piracy has been around for a while, but it is not widely available to people as the device is required to be jailbroken. IPA God works around this by using an exploit the developers found in iOS 4.1 and 4.2.

According to a forum post on iModZone, the developers will be selling their Twitter account, source code, and instructions for using the application. The auction will go until Tuesday at 12PM EST.

According to one of the developers, “our server is located in China…we host a lot of cracked ipas and cracked Cydia apps for years, so we have no problem about copyright since it’s not existing in China!”

This application could be detrimental for many developers that make a living from the iTunes App Store. If the application makes its rounds, this could steal valuable sales from developers. But there is good news in knowing that the application may not work as described as no one has seen the source code. But that isn’t stopping aspiring purchasers as the current auction price is at £20,000 (,242 USD).

The developers did post a video to YouTube showing the application, but we have to question the validity of the app.

You can read more about this application on Read Write Web.


Follow this article’s author, Cory Bohon on Twitter.


Google to Offer Open Source "Wave in a Box"

The Wave is not over–er, the Google Wave that is. Sure, Google announced a while ago that development on Google Wave is no longer, but that was just for the standalone product. Actually, Google is thinking it will expand up to 200,000 lines of code they’ve already open sourced on the Wave and offer it up in “Wave in a Box.” Yep.

So, developers, what does this all entail? The box will have an application bundle with a server and a web client that supports real-time collaboration (like that in Google Wave), a full-featured wave panel with support for threaded conversations, client-server protocols, support for importing wave data from, and gadget, robot and data API support. Oh, there’s more than that, too.

The project will not be the Google Wave that users have all come to, well, ignore. Instead, it will give developers a way to run wave servers and host “waves” on their own hardware. And here we can’t help but imagine a bunch of developers riding a surfboard across a sea of binary and Ajax code.

Anyway, if this is your sort of thing, check out more in the Wave Protocol Forum. As Google says in their blog, “Wave on.”

Ride the wave with Florence Ion, on Twitter.