France Threatens Apple With EU Action Over Removal of AppGratis

France Threatens Apple With EU Action Over Removal of AppGratis

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France says it will ask the European Commission to more tightly regular Internet companies following Apple's decision to remove AppGratis from the App Store.

A French-designed app, AppGratis sent one push notification per day to users informing them of a hand-picked and tested application that was worth downloading.

Apple removed AppGratis from the App Store for displaying "Apps other than your own for purchase or promotion in a manner similar to or confusing with the App Store" and using "Push Notifications to send advertising, promotions, or direct marketing".

During a visit to AppGratis publisher iMediapp, French junior minister for digital economy Fleur Pellerin called Apple's decision "extremely brutal and unilateral.... This behaviour is not worthy of a company of this size," Pellerin said.

She added that certain Internet companies were guilty of "repeated abusive behaviour" and said she would ask the European Commission and EU member states to better regulate digital platforms, search engines and social media.

According to a recent report, Apple's removal of App Gratis from the App Store is just the first step in a broader enforcement action.

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France Threatens Apple With EU Action Over Removal of AppGratis
The Programmer - April 13, 2013 at 12:51am
This whole smartphone era is getting out of control!... Im gonna reconnect my pager and start using pay-phones again! Bring back the Pager!!!!!!!!!!!
Rockne1865 - April 12, 2013 at 2:10pm
Jobs & Apple has had a Monopoly since day one! But Microsoft never has!
Maverick - April 12, 2013 at 12:49pm
How can a company dictate what we shoul or should not use. I guess Apple didnt learn from the mistake first time and this time they dont have Steve to cover their mistakes. Its heartbreaking to see falling of such a great legacy...
chase - April 13, 2013 at 8:48am
Here's logic for you- You decide to open your own coffee shop. People come in but are mad you don't sell soda. So they decide to sue you because they came to your shop and you didn't have what they wanted, guess what? They're idiots because you get to decide what you sell and don't sell because it's YOUR store. You're not forcing them to come to your store, they chose to come like they can also choose to leave and go somewhere else. Moral of the story: Apple gets to decide what's available in THEIR store, not you. If you don't like it, you're just as free to get rid of your iDevice and use something else.
Sev who? - April 14, 2013 at 7:55pm
Chase I think your an idiot and a Apple fan boy. Your comparison was the stupid shit I've ever heard. If you really want to make your comparison valid it would be more like: Apples iPhone is more like the coffee cups and the app store is the actual coffee shop. They have the MOST used and purchased coffee cup in the world. The fucked up part is, Apples coffee cups are made in a way that they will ONLY accept coffee from apples approved coffee shop (app store). There are millions of flavors of coffee (apps) and you can choose which ever is on the menu. You paid and purchased the coffee cup so you own it, unfortunately apple is a bitch and says you can ONLY put our approved coffee in your cup. Even If there is coffee out there you like and want to put in your cup, too bad, if Apple doesn't approve of that coffee, you can't have it. And let's say they did one time approve it and allowed millions to drink that approved coffee and have their users hooked, they can later ban that coffee and leave you without your favorite coffee. Shame on Apple
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