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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by mutantsushi on Wed 15th May 2013 22:50 UTC
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It's hardly a surprise, MS is violating the EULA, which means something in the USA.
That MS wrote their own YouTube app when G didn't care to isn't a problem.
Of course, from a user perspective, these features make it a better player, but they break the EULA.
Pretty obvious solution is MS removes these features from the product to conform to EULA.
Of course, they can leave the player open to user extensions which re-introduce the functionality.

G doesn't really care about these features existing as user extensions,
legally it can't realistically stop user extensions,
but it hasn't adopted any significant technological measures against them either,
If the 'lowest common denominator' doesn't know how/doesn't bother to install them,
they are doing just fine, they just don't want dumb users to buy a new phone/computer and all ads are blocked by default. I don't really see how that state of affairs is so horrible of a thing.

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