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Microsoft Invites PS3 Hacker Geohot To Work On Windows Phone 7

Microsoft has offered the infamous iPhone and PlayStation 3hacker George 'Geohot' Hotz a free Windows Phone 7 device if he agrees to work on the platform.

Geohot is currently facing a lawsuit from PS3 maker Sony after he published a master key that allows users to skirt around Sony's Digital Rights Management protocol in order to run home-made software on the console.

Sony has claimed that the hack could allow users to run pirated copies of PS3 games on the console and has asked the courts to prevent Hotz from distributing the code.

However, Microsoft seems keen on recruiting Hotz to work on its recently released smartphone operating system, despite his ongoing court case. Rant Rave reckons that Microsoft want Hotz to help them uncover flaws in the platform and make it more secure.

Microsoft's Brandon Watson messaged Hotz on micro-blogging platform Twitter: “if you want to build cool stuff on [Windows Phone 7], send me e-mail and the team will give you a phone - let dev creativity flourish.”