Yesterday, Apple expelled 1,011 iPhone applications
from its lucrative
App Store after catching a Chinese developer rigging its product
ratings system. The company, Molinker, evidently offered free programs
to users who gave its low-quality apps a five star rating. While most
tech bloggers are applauding Apple for cleaning house, others are saying more needs to be done to rid the App store of "junk apps":
- Sends a Clear Message, applauds "It seems heavyhanded, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise. Apple has not been shy of banning developers with hundreds of apps before. The message is clear, the company doesn’t tolerate cheating. Not one bit."
- Apple's Beating Google at It's Own Motto, observes Zack Urlocker at Info World: "Despite the fact that Apple was making money off Molinker, the company
didn't hesitate to do the right thing: It banned Molinker and all of
its applications. It looks like Apple gets 'Do no evil' maybe even
better than Google does."
- Apple Caught With Its Pants Down, writes Charlie Sorrel
at Wired: "This scam was so effective that the applications regularly
the tops of charts. One, called ColorMagic, even made it into the Staff
Favorites section of the store (which brings some doubt as to whether
these are actually staff picks at all)."
- Finish the Job, Apple, pleads Philip Elmer-DeWitt
at CNN Money. He says the App store is full of worthless applications.
Among the worst offenders is "Brighthouse Labs,
a shadowy company whose 1,855 titles clutter up the App Store's virtual
shelf space with one-off recipe-, quote-, and sports-fan apps." He
complains that these unscrupulous companies make it "that much harder
to find the apps that are worth buying."
- This Calls for a Ranking System Overhaul, writes Sarah Perez at ReadWriteWeb: "As more and more applications fill the virtual shelves, users will need
a better ranking system than what's currently in place. We hope the
geniuses at Apple are working on something like this right now."
- More Where That Came From, writes Jason D. O'Grady
at ZDNet: "With the amount of money at stake in the white hot App Store
it’s inevitable that someone would try to game it. It’s neither the
first nor last time that it’s going to happen."
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