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Old 04-01-2009, 02:10 PM   #1
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LXer: Google bans tethering app from Android Market


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A developer is reporting that Google has banned his tethering application from the Android Market, one of the first hints that the store may not be as open as Google has promised. WiFi Tether for Root Users, an application developed by Seth Lemons and a partner, has been banned from the market for violating the developer distribution agreement. The application lets users connect their G1 Android phones via Wi-Fi to their laptops and then access the Internet from the laptop using the phoneís cellular connection. In a letter to Lemonsí partner, Google states that the application violates the developer distribution agreement. It cites a section that says Google may remove an application if it violates the device makerís or the operatorís terms of service. The letter then points to T-Mobileís terms of service, which expressly forbid tethering phones to a computer. T-Mobile is the only operator in the U.S. to sell an Android phone.

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