What happens when the carriers and the OS maker collude

Google Allows Carriers to Selectively Block Tethering Apps From Android Market
[Via Daring Fireball]

Insert your own “open” joke here.

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The more companies try to control their customer’s uses of technology in order to make more money for their partners, the more they will seek companies who concentrate on only servicing the customers.

Google, like many, tries to serve too many masters – users, carriers, handset makers, advertisers. There is bound to be conflicts, mostly ones that hurt the end-user – the customer.

As the article states, this current policy comes very close to violating the law. Even if it is not, it does illustrate how far down the rung the customer is when it comes to fully using the device they paid for.