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Google Blocks Microsoft’s New YouTube App for Violating Terms of Service

by Brandon Russell | August 15, 2013August 15, 2013 12:00 pm PDT

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The very public strife between Google and Microsoft continues. Only a few days after Microsoft’s YouTube app showed back up for Windows Phone users, it’s again been blocked by Google for violating terms of use. And this is after Google and Microsoft worked together to create an updated application following a similar situation.

According to The Verge, which received a statement from Google, Microsoft has failed to make necessary upgrades to its browser to enable a fully-featured YouTube experience, “and has instead re-released a YouTube app that violates our Terms of Service.” For now, the app has been disabled, despite the two allegedly collaborating on the upgraded app, which is based on HTML5.

“We value our broad developer community and therefore ask everyone to adhere to the same guidelines,” a Google spokesperson said.

Google claims the re-released YouTube app actually took the company by surprise, and immediately revoked the API key when it realized Microsoft had violated its Terms of Service. The YouTube-Windows Phone saga has lasted for far too long, yet the petty disagreements still persist. Hopefully Microsoft and Google can work something out soon because consumers are ultimately the ones being affected.

TheVerge

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...


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