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[News] [Rival] Microsoft and Apple Are Kicking Out Their Own Developers

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Microsoft blocks dirty dozen apps from mobile store

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| When it comes to Microsoft's planned Marketplace for Mobile, you can forget 
| about making or installing software that changes Microsoft's default browser, 
| search client, or media player on a Windows mobile phone. Also out are VoIP 
| calls on an operator's network and ads for carriers.   


Apple fine-tunes app censorship

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| Apple will extend parental controls to applications in its upcoming iPhone 
| 3.0 software and iTunes 8.2, thus helping to calm some of the ongoing 
| brouhaha over its erratic App Store censorship policies.  


Microsoft to forbid VoIP, rival stores at mobile market

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| Voice-over-IP applications will be forbidden from Microsoft's Windows 
| MarketPlace for Mobile store, along with programs that are larger than 10MB 
| or that change the default browser on a device.  
| They are among 12 prohibited application types that Microsoft listed for 
| developers who register to create software for the store. Marketplace for 
| Mobile is due to launch in the second half of the year, along with Windows 
| Mobile 6.5, the next version of Microsoft's mobile OS.   


More deaths:

Duke Nukem developer goes bust

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| Veteran games developer 3D Realms has closed down because of a lack of funds. 



Microsoft layoff buzz intensifies

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| We received a tip last week, from a usually reliable person, that Microsoft
| would be making more job cuts this week. The company so far isn't commenting,
| and we haven't been able to get confirmation elsewhere. But independent of
| our inquiries, the online buzz increased over the weekend to the point that
| Microsoft employees will no doubt be a little nervous when they check their
| email tomorrow morning.
| "Rumors of more Microsoft layoffs being announced on May 5th," wrote former
| Microsoftie Jeff Erwin in one of several posts on the subject by people on
| Twitter and elsewhere. "Lots of panic in the employee base."

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