Apple's Top 10 biggest news stories in 2009

When Apple's employees and its customers look back on 2009, will they see it as the best year ever, or one of the most controversial?

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No. 4 Drama with Google (and Google Voice)

For years Apple and Google had a close relationship, but that hit some speed bumps in 2009. In late July, Apple rejected Google Voice apps from the iTunes App Store. Apple claimed that the app wasn't rejected, but was merely under review because it replaces "the iPhone's core mobile telephone functionality." (Not surprisingly, the app is still "pending review.") A few days later Google CEO Eric Schmidt resigned from Apple's board of directors and in mid October Arthur Levinson resigned from the Google board and remained on Apple's board. Apple and Google are increasingly finding themselves in direct competition with each other, with Google's Chrome OS, Android and now the upcoming Google phone. It appears that Apple's buddy-buddy relationship with Google is a goner. How did Apple go public with its reasons for rejecting Google Voice apps?


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