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Google to Apple: You lie!

Okay, Google didn't actually call Apple a liar -- but you can tell some public pressure is about to get exerted.

In the flap over Google's Voice application getting turned down for the App Store, the FCC is still trying to make heads or tails over this brave new world of apps and telecommunications we live in.

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AT&T has said they didn't have a hand in rejecting the Google Voice app from the App Store. Apple has previously said they have yet to officially reject the app. (The WSJ has the good backstory.)

But Google today, on its public policy blog, said they were told by some top Apple honchos that their Voice app and Google Latitude apps were being rejected because they duplicated core functionalities on the iPhone, and they didn't want to leave consumers confused.

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Does Apple have some 'splaining to do here? Is Google Voice on the iPhone rejected or not?

Google allowed the FCC to make their explanatory letter public, and to include previously redacted statements made about their conversations with Apple. Here is a PDF of the letter.

This letter offers a rare glimpse at the high level talks that went on between Apple and Google on a couple Google apps for the iPhone. Hopefully we'll see more.


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