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The big news from the Orchard today is ’s claim that it did not reject Google Voice from the . It’s a leading tech story at Bloomberg, the New York Times, Reuters, and the Guardian.

If you are interested in the the iPhone-Google Voice brou-ha-ha, you might get a kick out of glancing at all four stories. They all start with the same piece of information (this is from Bloomberg)

    Apple Inc. told U.S. regulators that it didn’t reject Google Inc.’s voice application for the iPhone, saying it’s still examining the program because of concern that it co-opts the smart-phone’s software.

    Google’s application alters the iPhone’s features for making calls, sending text messages and accessing voice mails, Apple said today in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission.

Then they head off into different directions.

  • The Guardian headlines it as a clash between Google and Apple.
  • Bloomberg goes on the dig into Apple’s blocking VOIP applications because they compete with AT&T.
  • The Times takes a brief look at Verizon’s and AT&T’s dominance of the wireless market in the United States (together more than 60% of the market).
  • Reuters pretty much sticks to the barebones story, as befits a wire service.

Part of Apple’s claim is that Google Voice alters the “iPhone experience,” whatever that is. When I use an app on my cellphone, I don’t think of it as the “T-Mobile Dash Experience.” I think of it, rather, as browsing the web or editing a document or reading an email or placing a phone call.

Heck, even as a rabid Linux fanboy, as Linuxy rabid as any Mac user is Applely rabid (but at a lower cost), I don’t think I’m having “the Linux experience” as I type this blog post into a window in my browser. I think of it as “typing a blog post” (no, not even as “the blog post typing experience”).

All four versions of the story left me with this question: If Apple is still evaluating Google Voice, how do they explain removing it from the Apps store after offering it there?

It also left me with a lot of sympathy for the reviewers who must approve iPhone apps; they are busy. Reuters included this tidbit:

    Apple also provided some interesting tidbits on the App Store, which is now stuffed with more than 65,000 applications just over a year after its launch. Apple said it has more than 40 full-time trained reviewers, and at least two different reviewers study each app. It said 95% of applications are approved within 14 days of being submitted.

    It added: “We receive about 8,500 new applications and updates every week, and roughly 20% of them are not approved as originally submitted. In little more than a year, we have reviewed more than 200,000 applications and updates.”

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