Facebook moves to kill copycat apps for Microsoft's Windows Phone

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Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) has contacted Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) to request the removal of more than three-dozen copycat mobile social networking apps optimized for the Windows Phone operating system.

A copy of a letter from Facebook to Microsoft obtained by Windows Phone Central identifies 41 different third-party Windows Phone apps that allegedly infringe on Facebook trademark rights. The Verge reports Microsoft has already begun issuing takedown notices to the developers in question, giving them one day to remove their apps from its Windows Phone Store.

"Windows Phone has a well-established process for reporting content infringement complaints, here," Microsoft said. "We promptly review all reports and take the appropriate action, including removal of apps when appropriate." Facebook has not responded to requests for comment.

While an official Facebook app for devices running Windows Phone is available for download from Windows Phone Store, Microsoft--not Facebook--is the publisher. Earlier this month, Microsoft asked users to test drive a new beta version: "The app is undergoing a major redesign and now includes several much-requested features, including new support for high-res photos, post sharing and Facebook Timeline," stated Microsoft editor Michael Stroh.

Facebook's mobile monthly active users grew from 488 million to 751 million in the first quarter, a year-over-year leap of 54 percent. Its mobile-only MAUs increased to 189 million, up from 157 million in the previous quarter.

For more:
- read this Windows Phone Central article 
- read this Verge article

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