Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Feb 2013 08:21 UTC
Google "Sebastian Holst makes yoga mobile apps with his wife, a yoga instructor. The Mobile Yogi is sold in all the major mobile app stores. But when someone buys his app in the Google Play store, Holst automatically gets something he says he didn't ask for: the buyer's full name, location and email address. He says consumers are not aware that Google Inc. is sharing their personal information with third parties. No other app store transmits users' personal information to third-party developers when they buy apps, he said." Oh Google.
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RE[2]: Obviously a bug
by darknexus on Fri 15th Feb 2013 13:11 UTC in reply to "RE: Obviously a bug"
darknexus
Member since:
2008-07-15

"If it had been a certain fruit company everyone would be rioting.


Man, it's so hard to be persecuted, eh?
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Much as I hate to be defending Apple this time, the OP is absolutely correct. There's definitely a double standard in place for Apple in the tech media, particularly though not exclusively when compared to Google. If Apple had been the one doing this, everyone would have been up in arms, torches lit, ready to burn down Apple HQ and any other buildings around them just to make sure the deed was done. When Google does it, not only do we get some people giving them the benefit of the doubt but we even have some that claim Google are in the right to do this. If that's not a double standard, I don't know what is. For myself, I say no app store should give away customers' information without explicitly asking the customer and the customer should have to opt in, not opt out.

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RE[3]: Obviously a bug
by BushLin on Fri 15th Feb 2013 15:02 in reply to "RE[2]: Obviously a bug"
BushLin Member since:
2011-01-26

Sorry, what was this article about again?

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RE[3]: Obviously a bug
by pysiak on Fri 15th Feb 2013 16:02 in reply to "RE[2]: Obviously a bug"
pysiak Member since:
2008-01-01

If Apple had been the one doing this, everyone would have been up in arms, torches lit, ready to burn down Apple HQ and any other buildings around them just to make sure the deed was done. When Google does it, not only do we get some people giving them the benefit of the doubt but we even have some that claim Google are in the right to do this. If that's not a double standard, I don't know what is.

It is a double standard, but it's not without a reason thanks to Apple's doing THEIR OWN MASSIVE SHARE of double standarding. Just one example of attitude is enough, like "we can borrow ideas shamelessly but everybody else borrowing from us is an IP thief and the we're seeing in court"

You reap what you sow - people just see that.

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RE[4]: Obviously a bug
by darknexus on Fri 15th Feb 2013 17:41 in reply to "RE[3]: Obviously a bug"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

"If Apple had been the one doing this, everyone would have been up in arms, torches lit, ready to burn down Apple HQ and any other buildings around them just to make sure the deed was done. When Google does it, not only do we get some people giving them the benefit of the doubt but we even have some that claim Google are in the right to do this. If that's not a double standard, I don't know what is.

It is a double standard, but it's not without a reason thanks to Apple's doing THEIR OWN MASSIVE SHARE of double standarding. Just one example of attitude is enough, like "we can borrow ideas shamelessly but everybody else borrowing from us is an IP thief and the we're seeing in court"
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No, no, no. Two wrongs absolutely do not make a right. If you believe they do, you should become a US politician. This is the kind of crap I'd expect to see in political ads: Well, they did it first, so we're going to do it right back to them. Don't drop down to their level, be better than that. Apple are pricks. Google are pricks. That doesn't mean I have to be a prick too.

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RE[3]: Obviously a bug
by BallmerKnowsBest on Fri 15th Feb 2013 21:59 in reply to "RE[2]: Obviously a bug"
BallmerKnowsBest Member since:
2008-06-02

"[q]If it had been a certain fruit company everyone would be rioting.


Man, it's so hard to be persecuted, eh?
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Much as I hate to be defending Apple this time, the OP is absolutely correct. There's definitely a double standard in place for Apple in the tech media, particularly though not exclusively when compared to Google. [/q]

Yeah, I can't imagine why the tech media would have any negative feelings towards Apple. It's not they have a history of suing bloggers and tech journos, right?

If Apple had been the one doing this, everyone would have been up in arms, torches lit, ready to burn down Apple HQ and any other buildings around them just to make sure the deed was done. When Google does it, not only do we get some people giving them the benefit of the doubt but we even have some that claim Google are in the right to do this. If that's not a double standard, I don't know what is.


And how is that any different from what happens every time there's a negative story about Apple? The Apple apologists all come out of the woodwork, doing their best to shoot the messenger & passive-aggressively berating everyone who doesn't bend over backwards to give Apple the benefit of the doubt.

Actually, now that I think of it, there are some differences... I've never seen anyone defend Google by lazily painting even its mildest critics as "Google haters". I've never seen news sites accused of "anti-Google bias" simply for publishing negative news about them.

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