Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th May 2013 21:46 UTC
Google "Wired has obtained a copy of a cease and desist letter sent by Google to Microsoft today, demanding Microsoft immediately remove the YouTube app from its Windows Phone Store and disable existing copies on consumers' devices by May 22. The YouTube app for Windows Phone - developed by Microsoft not Google - strips out ads and allows downloading, both violations of YouTube's terms of service." Incredibly petty. Just come up with a solution, you bunch of kids.
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RE: Comment by Nelson
by Valhalla on Wed 15th May 2013 22:55 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
Valhalla
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1) They got an implicit admission that Windows Phone has a relevant user base, relevant enough to justify a Cease and Desist.

Eh what? Obviously Google won't let Microsoft, a competitor which has harassed Google as much as they possibly can, officially ship a Youtube viewer which strips ads which is what Youtube (and content providers who upload to Youtube) is funded through.

And obviously neither would Microsoft had the tables been turned, of course then you would have switched viewpoint in a heartbeat.


I wonder where all the people defending Google as an open standards poster kid are?

Compared to Microsoft they are certainly still a poster kid for open standards, not that this particular comparison says much.

Youtube is not an 'open standard', Google doesn't owe Microsoft anything, certainly not access to Youtube through Windows Phone, a competing product from a company which is patent trolling Google's products.

Given how Microsoft is doing everything they can to hurt Google it's not hard to understand why Google won't lend Microsoft products a helping hand.

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