LA Times article to get you up to speed.
There is plenty of discussion going around about why Apple did it, whether it was pressure from AT&T or what.
But the decision has meaning to people outside the payrolls of Google, Apple, and AT&T. The makers of the VoiceCentral app, which supports Google Voice, recently had their app pulled from the app store, resulting in this cryptic conversation.
Me: “So how do we know whether it is still viable for us to consider Apple a partner if this is how the scenario plays out. If you were in my shoes would you continue to invest blood, sweat, tears and money in something that can be killed off at any moment without your say so?”
Richard: “I understand your point but I can’t help you with that.”
Me: “Surely someone there at Apple asked you to make this phone call. Can I speak with that person about this?”
Richard: “I am the only one you can speak with on this subject.”
Me: “There has to be someone there I can actually have a back and forth with so that we can make some strategic decisions on whether this partnership makes any sense.”
Richard: “You can only talk to me”