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Google Demands Removal of Windows Phone YouTube App

Microsoft has been on something of an anti-Google crusade as of late, and it seems Mountain View isn't doing much to help the cause. The Verge reports that Google has demanded Microsoft remove its Windows Phone application from the Windows Phone Store by this day next week. The search giant is said to have send Microsoft a cease and desist letter that gives Redmond until May 22 to remove the application in question.

So what's got Google so upset? The company's cease and desist letter says that Microsoft's newly updated YouTube application contains no ads. Google says that by allowing the videos to be downloaded sans ads, Microsoft is impacting those that are paid through Google's partner program. Not only that, but Google claims this is a violations of the YouTube API terms and conditions.

For Microsoft's part, the company says it's more than happy to shows ads in its YouTube application, provided Google supplies access to the necessary APIs.

"In light of Larry Page’s comments today calling for more interoperability and less negativity, we look forward to solving this matter together for our mutual customers," Microsoft told the Verge, referencing Google CEO Larry Page's comments about negativity in the tech industry hindering progress.

  • Pherule
    Well I never saw myself as pro-Microsoft, but this time I'm cheering them on. Google can go die in a fire. Nobody wants ads.
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  • WhyFi
    MS played them like a fiddle.
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  • @Pherule You are an idiot. Why do you think websites have ads? Those ads are what allow the content providers on youtube that you love so much to keep making videos while still being able to feed them selves. It's selfish stupid people like you that make small companies fall apart and die. Although to be honest, I'm sure this whole thing is about more then it not having ads, I think Microsoft bashing Google has made them have to stand there ground, and I say good job Google. Google is just doing what any other company would do in its position. I agree with google.
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  • XngXtuHl
    In android YouTube app, also don't have ads
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  • OptyFM
    Lol. Agreed with Pherule, screw adds. I will always surf the web with Adblock and have adblock app running on my android.
    GO MICROSOFT!
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  • InvalidError
    The Android Youtube app does have ads every now and then. I can usually watch 5-10 clips between ads so it is nowhere near as annoying as the many streaming sites that systematically tack ads before/after each clip.
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  • Onus
    I agree with Pherule. YouTube is supposed to be non-commercial, a place for the common man to post and share videos. If a given channel wants me to watch ads, I probably won't waste my time.
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  • bllue
    "Google says that by allowing the videos to be downloaded sans ads, Microsoft is impacting those that are paid through Google's partner program" Impacting those who paid? More like impacting Google. Scumbag google at it again
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  • If you make an app yourself google then it wouldn't come down to this. You are just too scared that Windows Phone is growing at a fast rate and is slowly catching up to Android
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  • WhyFi
    @M Pyne - this article is terribly incomplete, so I can't blame just you, but you're only seeing one side of the story. MS's put together the app because Google has refused to create/cooperate with developers creating W8/WP8 youtube apps... because they're (presumably) fearful of potentially competitive platforms. Read more at the verge articles referenced in the above Tom's article.
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