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Apple restores Google’s internal iOS apps after certificate misuse punishment

By TechCrunch

Apple has blocked Google from distributing its internal-only iOS apps on its corporate network after a TechCrunch investigation found the search giant abusing the certificatesRead full story

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  • Warning shots fired. This is more about sending a message industry wide, setting aside any animosity between the two leaders of course.

    The bottom line is that a commitment to privacy can’t be a throwaway line anymore, it has to be ingrained into company DNAs and deep rooted into the culture. Apple

    Warning shots fired. This is more about sending a message industry wide, setting aside any animosity between the two leaders of course.

    The bottom line is that a commitment to privacy can’t be a throwaway line anymore, it has to be ingrained into company DNAs and deep rooted into the culture. Apple has that, but most others don’t, especially Android. What will be interesting to see is how much Apple comes down on companies that play by the rules already by drawing up hurdles for app submissions. Whatever is done needs to be in the best interest of consumers versus red tape for the sake of it.

    In any case, action on privacy is coming at some point to give consumers power over there personal information. What is most important when evaluating the space is whether it will be a function of regulatory action or be technology driven such as via blockchain.

    As far as this riff is concerned, it’s bound to pass as there’s a symbiotic relationship that is too important to rattle long-term.

  • Apple is really serious about protecting its customers. The ban will be short lived, but the message Google and Facebook is clear: play by the rules or Apple will block you.

    Apple is not perfect, but its advantages over Android with respect to privacy and security are huge and growing. Privacy and

    Apple is really serious about protecting its customers. The ban will be short lived, but the message Google and Facebook is clear: play by the rules or Apple will block you.

    Apple is not perfect, but its advantages over Android with respect to privacy and security are huge and growing. Privacy and security matter more than people realize.

    It is true that your data is out there. It is probably true that you have nothing to hide. Even so, you should do everything you can to protect your data and your privacy. Google and Facebook are determined to extract maximum value from you ... the more data they have, the better they can achieve their goals. They want to manipulate your attention in the hope of manipulating your behavior to maximize their profits. They do not appear to have any qualms about using sleazy tactics.

  • I know I sound alarmist, but this is truly the beginning of the Privacy and Data Wars. These business models cannot coexist peacefully any longer. Apple’s declaration in favor of privacy and user control of data is as incompatible with the Google and Facebook model as capitalism and democracy were to

    I know I sound alarmist, but this is truly the beginning of the Privacy and Data Wars. These business models cannot coexist peacefully any longer. Apple’s declaration in favor of privacy and user control of data is as incompatible with the Google and Facebook model as capitalism and democracy were to communism. I know which side I’m on.

  • While this stings for Google, they at least have their own platform—Android. This is something Facebook doesn't have. And Google has the advantage of Android being a bigger platform globally than iOS is.

  • Well done by Apple. It’s one thing to pontificate what you will do to those that violate set rules, it’s another to act on them. By enforcing action on Google and FB, Apple is demonstrating that no exceptions apply. I applaud this move.

  • Supply Chain 101 - don’t screw with your distributors.

  • There's two things that Apple wrote the book on and still does better than anyone on the planet - Product Design and Intellectual Property Governance.

  • I've mentioned in a previous comment to the FB blocking by Apple... How long until Google got dragged into this?

    Apple wants to now boost its services revenue to compensate for lagging hardware sales... and thus becoming "the company that stands for privacy" becomes a must from a branding perspective.

  • So what does this mean exactly. I’m not going to be able to use my google maps to get from point a to point b on my iPhone X?

  • Apple should remember, that this is a temporary setback for Facebook and Google. It would not surprise me if Facebook accidently deletes the IoS version of Facebook.

    To me it's not so much as Apple enforcing its licensing as them attempting to prove relevance in a market share they are shrinking in.

  • Apple pega pesado o bloqueia uso de apps internas para funcionários do Facebook e Google

  • #Apple is making interesting moves toward first, #Facebook and now #Google. This may just be the beginning of the mega companies bickering. Read here to find out whats going on. #BLUsuccess

  • Would anyone be surprised if Google flipped some secret master switch that restored their own access to these iOS apps and prevented Apple from ever disabling them again? :)

  • Apple to Google and Facebook: Make NDA your DNA.

  • A bold move by Apple, although not without some risk. Google and Facebook could drop their apps from running on iOS. Would people really buy iPhones without Instagram, GMail, Chrome, and Maps? How about the suite of docs/sheets/etc?

    Apple is a big platform, but platforms live and die by the apps that run on them.

  • I don't care either way

  • I appreciate Apple for this. Protecting the people’s privacy.

  • Going to be interesting, will others, like Samsung follow suit...

  • First Facebook and now Google, I just wonder if this is some kind of message that Apple wants to establish, “privacy matters to Apple”, or if it’s more like to show these two giants the power they still hold in the business.

  • It makes sense since Apple has its own business and Google has its Android and Chromebook Business

  • Just when Material Gmail was out... this happens

  • The previous report by TechCrunch is pretty stupid, it incites public’s natural hatred against personal data collection. Those apps were run with the consensus between the company and the users, it was legal and gives freedom to people who doesn’t mind their data being collected. On another level, this

    The previous report by TechCrunch is pretty stupid, it incites public’s natural hatred against personal data collection. Those apps were run with the consensus between the company and the users, it was legal and gives freedom to people who doesn’t mind their data being collected. On another level, this is total apple dictatorship in action, personally I would like facebook and google to fight back.

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