Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 23:38 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft's legal chief: "We continue to be dogged by an issue we had hoped would be resolved by now: Google continues to prevent Microsoft from offering consumers a fully featured YouTube app for the Windows Phone." Utter nonsense, since MetroTube offers a complete and full YouTube experience on Windows Phone (it's one of the best Windows Phone applications), and YouTube+ on Windows 8. Two fantastically rich applications, built by small ISVs - yet Microsoft can't do the same? Don't make me laugh. Coincidentally, Microsoft is also whining some more about Google's removal of ActiveSync - Redmond again refuses to acknowledge that all it needs to do is implement the open standards CalDAV and CardDAV, just like everyone else has done. Times have changed, Ballmer. You don't get to dictate the industry anymore.
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RE[4]: Please Thom
by Nelson on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 00:23 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Please Thom"
Nelson
Member since:
2005-11-29

The public facing YouTube API changes rarely. But, if it changes, that's great. Because it's documented.

When YouTube changes their private API, in an effort to subvert MetroTube and other third party apps, it becomes a bigger deal because time must be spent figuring out a work around, resubmitting to the Windows Store, and hoping it doesn't break again.

You're suggesting Microsoft use undocumented APIs and submit it out to consumers on the hopes that Google doesn't decide to do something about the blatant violation of their terms of use. Perhaps Google can willy nilly ignore the legal ramifications of what they do with others property, but Microsoft can't.

Why is it so difficult for you to get behind Google opening up their YouTube API? Why is it so hard for you to point the finger at Google?

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RE[5]: Please Thom
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 00:27 in reply to "RE[4]: Please Thom"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

, in an effort to subvert MetroTube and other third party apps,


Proof buddy! You have none. If you do, please show it. Otherwise, this conspiracy of yours is bullshit.

Why is it so difficult for you to get behind Google opening up their YouTube API? Why is it so hard for you to point the finger at Google?


It would be great if they did - but the fact of the matter is, is that it doesn't seem to matter. Closed or not, there are fantastic third party YouTube applications, and for the first time in eons, we saw breakage a few weeks ago that lasted a whole day (wow!). It'd be great if they opened it - it just doesn't seem to matter.

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RE[6]: Please Thom
by Nelson on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 00:33 in reply to "RE[5]: Please Thom"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29


Proof buddy! You have none. If you do, please show it. Otherwise, this conspiracy of yours is bullshit.


So providing access to the API for iOS and Android clients but refusing to grant Microsoft permission to use said API, and refusing to grand MetroTube permission to use the API isn't a direct attack on third party YouTube apps?

I really struggle to understand your thought process sometimes.

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RE[6]: Please Thom
by andrewclunn on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 14:57 in reply to "RE[5]: Please Thom"
andrewclunn Member since:
2012-11-05

It'd be great if they opened it - it just doesn't seem to matter.


That's like saying that it doesn't matter that Windows is closed source because it can be pirated.

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RE[5]: Please Thom
by Tony Swash on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 11:05 in reply to "RE[4]: Please Thom"
Tony Swash Member since:
2009-08-22

Why is it so difficult for you to get behind Google opening up their YouTube API? Why is it so hard for you to point the finger at Google?


Because he loves Google. He loves Google so much he loves an utterly and deliberately closed solution designed to break compatibility whilst simultaneously lauding the principal of open source and attacking Microsoft for being closed.

I love seeing Microsoft on the receiving end of the same sort of tactics that it used to use to dominate the industry but I don't think Google are a bunch of saints and and I don't think they run their business based on any higher principals than any other company. Google is only the champion of open source when it involves opening and devaluing other companies business models. Google does not champion open source search algorithms, for example, because that would devalue their own business model.

I have no objection to Google's business model but what is so hard to take is how they wrap their business in a sickeningly hypocritical envelope of sanctity and what is really appalling is how many people swallow it.

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RE[6]: Please Thom
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 11:19 in reply to "RE[5]: Please Thom"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Because he loves Google.


I wondered when Mr. Cognitive Dissonance would show up. As always, I can rely on you to disregard 7 years of posting history chock full of love AND criticism for each AND every company, just to maintain your world view.

I've been for and against everything, buddy. Nobody takes nonsense like that seriously anymore. I've advised people to switch to DuckDuckGo. I point and laugh at Google+. I regularly dump on Chrome for Android. I have posted countless articles on Google's utter failure in the Android update situation. I have condemned Google for its actions regarding the handling of adult content in image search. I have condemned Google's actions regarding SkyHook, going even so far as to interview the CEO of SkyHook himself. And much more.

But sure, I love Google. Whatever you say. I don't think "love" means what you think it means.

Edited 2013-01-03 11:23 UTC

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RE[6]: Please Thom
by kwan_e on Fri 4th Jan 2013 05:08 in reply to "RE[5]: Please Thom"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

Google is only the champion of open source when it involves opening and devaluing other companies business models. Google does not champion open source search algorithms, for example, because that would devalue their own business model.


What does that even mean?

What open source thing has Google participated in that devalued other companies' business models?

And yes, Google is not going to open up their algorithms, but when have they actually sued a competitor over their search algorithms? Even when Bing was alleged to have copied Google's results, they did nothing than write a strongly worded blog posting.

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RE[5]: Please Thom
by JAlexoid on Fri 4th Jan 2013 12:47 in reply to "RE[4]: Please Thom"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Perhaps Google can willy nilly ignore the legal ramifications of what they do with others property, but Microsoft can't.

The fact that Google is actively making sure it's hard to download copyrighted material from YouTube is evidence to the contrary - protecting IP that does not belong to them.(FYI: YouTube videos don't belong to Google)

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