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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Nelson
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2005-11-29

Google provides YouTube on the Xbox 360 with Ads.
http://allthingsd.com/20120828/youtubes-ad-overhaul-moves-on-to-xbo...

This is about Google wanting to suppress Windows Phone, which has anti competitive undertones, in fact I think Microsoft has already lodged a complaint.

And I agree that Microsoft going against the ToS was heavy handed and wrong, but Microsoft just made a statement saying something to the effect of (very loose paraphrasing)"We'd love to work with Google to get the documentation needed to provide ads".

Hook, line, and sinker they turned this from a private backroom wheeling and dealing into something that the PR people can trade barbs over.

I think Microsoft has an easy sell convincing people they're right on this issue, maybe not on this site because this is OSNews but the average person would be pretty pissed if they knew the only reason they don't have a kick ass WP YouTube app is because Google is actively subverting that effort.

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