The dog did it
Fruit-themed retailer Apple has denied that it censored
an application written by rival Google. The application for the iPhone was blocked by a
mysterious body which has nothing to do with Apple at all and it is not clear
how this organisation was able to take over the work normally carried out by
hand picked minions of Steve Jobs.
Apple was hauled before federal regulators who were a
mite interested in the groundless allegation that the outfit was using its
iPhone muscle to shut out competition. However they were told that Apple has not rejected
Google's application outright and was still looking at it.
Well that is all right then isn't it? Well, not really.
Apple then went onto say that Google could not run its software on the iPhone
because it alters important functions on the device. Google Voice gives people an additional phone number
that's not tied to any one phone line. People can program the service to direct
incoming calls first to a cell phone, then a work number and finally a home
However the word is that Apple and AT&T saw a Google
Voice app for the iPhone as a potential competitor to their monthly mobile
plans and canned it. Apple said it rejected the program because it replaces the
iPhone's own interface for making calls and sending text messages with a Google
In addition Apple accused the app of sending the contents
of people's iPhone contact lists to Google's servers. So all Google has to do to get its application accepted
is to stop it working and then it will be approved.