Apple Axes Scamming iPhone Developer, 1K Apps
Molinker apparently paid for good reviews in App Store
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2009 12:16 PM CST
A poster touting applications available for Apple's iPhone and iPod touch hangs from a metal support at the Macworld Conference and Expo in San Francisco.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Apple has delivered swift corporal punishment to iPhone app developer Molinker for scamming the App Store ratings system, banning the company and removing more than a 1000 applications. Though this particular move seems just, Wired notes, it highlights the cutthroat stakes of the user ratings game in a marketplace where few trial versions exist. The expelled Chinese developer was apparently paying for good ratings with free versions of its applications—mostly cheap knockoffs.