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2. How so? Get the SDK and go for it...
3. This is a good thing
4. This is also a good thing
5. It's a bit of an inconvenience sure, but there are plenty of valid reasons for it
6. There have been some questionable ones, but for the most part they have been from developers who just needed to play by the rules. That hasn't been the case for all of them, and off the top of my head there have been a few that annoyed me, like google latitude, but the overwhelming majority have been from devs who didn't read the rules
7. In the years the iPhone has been around now, that has not happened once. Also, I'm not sure what you mean by tampering with apps and settings. The only thing I am aware of is the app killswitch
8. The emulator violated SDK policy and the devs should have seen that coming, Google Voice duplicates the phone app, which is also covered in the SDK. You can argue all you want that the rules are unfair, but there they are, the devs knew it, and released apps that violated them anyway, then complained when they got removed / rejected. Big surprise there
9. Like what? I have heard of apps being knocked back with the Apple guys making a list of suggestions on how to make their UI better, or more consistent. This is a good thing