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30 per cent of your subs revenue belong to us

Apple has formally booted the Financial Times newspaper app out of the iTunes store for the newspaper’s refusal to hand over 30 per cent of subscription revenues to the Mac maker.

That said, FT devotees with suitable iTunes accounts can still obtain the app from iTunes Slovakia:

We suspect it won’t be there for long. Not that the FT cares – it transitioned to an HTML 5 coded alternative that runs on top of the browser techology built into all iOS devices – and a few others besides.

The FT released the new app in June, prompting Apple to relax its rules. A little. But not enough for the FT.

Now, the paper doesn’t have to give Apple a cut of subscription revenue and it can more easily support multiple smartphone and tablet platforms.

It’s not the only one. Amazon recently released an HTML 5 version of its Kindle e-book reader app, this time to bypass Apple restrictions on implementing links to external content sales sites in iOS apps.

Some China-oriented FT apps are still available on iTunes.

Some of you running Windows Phone may have noticed that the YouTube page that the dedicated application launches was down yesterday and it appears that the reason was Google being hard at work making it recognize Mango’s IE9 and treat it accordingly.

If you run a beta or the RTM version of Windows Phone, once you access YouTube via the application or directly from the browser, you will be greeted by a new, nicer and cleaner look. It seems like YouTube is now reading and recognizing the IE9 user agent and thus employs HTML 5, which is fully supported by Internet Explorer. Those running Windows Phone NoDo or below will not see these changes as the platform doesn’t contain Internet Explorer 9 with HTML 5 support.

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