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Why Apple axed the Google Voice iPhone app

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Apple isn't making many friends these days.

Its rejection this week of the Google Voice iPhone application – days after Google announced a similar app for Android and BlackBerry – sent industry observers into a speculative swirl. Why would Apple do such a thing? Is AT&T to blame? Does Apple hate Google?

First, the facts: Here's what a Google spokesperson told TechCrunch about the official app's failure to appear:

We work hard to bring Google applications to a number of mobile platforms, including the iPhone. Apple did not approve the Google Voice application we submitted six weeks ago to the Apple App Store. We will continue to work to bring our services to iPhone users — for example, by taking advantage of advances in mobile browsers.

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