Linked by David Adams on Thu 30th Jul 2009 23:14 UTC
Editorial I think I'd like to start an internet movement. Due to Apple's recent actions regarding the Google Voice app, I intend to criticize Apple every day at OSNews for 1984 days, or until they perform a very subtle and simple act of contrition. I'd like to enlist the help of every tech journalist, blogger, twitterer, Facebook denizen, and person who ever talks to another person. I'm that girl in the running shorts with the hammer, people! I'm throwing the hammer at the big creepy guy on the screen! We don't have to be slaves anymore! Read on for the full manifesto.
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jweinraub
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2009-06-22

I am not too sure if this is the American form of innovation or not, but I find this to be appalling if Apple is sleeping with AT&T and as a result, they got rid of Google Voice.

I can not be surprised by this either seeing what has been done in the past, especially with Verizon.

I don't know about them now, but in the past, they were known for removing the operating system from the phone, and replace it with their own, buggy one. Causing the phone to crash often, remove features, cripple others (bluetooth, anyone?)

This sort of practice has to stop.

AT&T forced RIM to remove from as I can tell, two features on the BlackBerry Bold (and I am sure other models too). BB Maps was removed and the ability of turning off 3G. The reasoning AT&T had for removing BB Maps is unfathomable. I understand they want their customers to pay up a monthly fee, and use their own stupid Navigator software. But, T's is just that, navigation, turn-by-turn directions. BB Maps is just an Atlas. There is a difference, and the fact that Google maps does the same thing, is mind boggling. That RIM had to "block" their own software and the fact that they were so willing to get effed in the ass by AT&T is strange.

Nokia for example refused to listen to AT&T. They said no we won't remove our mapping software and we don't give to sheets if you don't sell it.

RIM should have the upper hand here, and yet they bow down.

Apple is a different company, for thinking differently, not conforming. Obviously, we don't know what this whole contract says that they both signed, but innovation from 3rd parties shouldn't be affected by it!

I don't get this whole duplicate functionality tosh. Duplicate functionality causes innovation because it creates competition!

Apple is now making too many decisions on our behalf when it comes to owning a device. They don't want to allow multitasking because it ruins battery life. You know what? Some people could care less. At least give us an option that can be turned on or off in the preferences!

I understand they want to prevent viruses and such, but you know what? People should have the ability of installing their own apps without an App store if they so desired.

The lack of freedom is the most troubling part of it all, because that is so 1984ish thing to do!

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