“A total lie.” “Untrue.” “Misleading.” “Complete fabrication.” “Way beyond misleading.”
Arrington, for those who don’t have Techmeme on their morning reading list, is the former securities lawyer and serial entrepreneur who runs TechCrunch, arguably Silicon Valley’s most influential tech blog.
The letter he’s referring to is Apple’s formal response to an inquiry by the Federal Communications Commission into the role AT&T (T) played in Apple’s rejection of Google’s (GOOG) powerful Google Voice app. See here.
Arrington’s response: Apple is lying through its teeth. In particular, he writes:
Apple has not yet responded to a request for comment.
Arrington it must be said, is not an entirely disinterested party. His company is preparing to market a Web tablet — the CrunchPad — that might compete directly with the tablet Apple is rumored to be building. And after enthusiastically embracing Apple’s iPhone, he announced in July that he was abandoning it for a BlackBerry Curve that will run Google Voice (see here).
Moreover, Arrington’s TechCrunch 50 conference, now in its third year, is scheduled to begin Sept. 14 (tickets cost $2,995 at the door), which gives him even more motivation than usual to make himself the center of attention.
In the end, Arrington believes, Apple will find a face-saving way to accept the Google Voice application. “They have to,” he writes. “Any serious investigation into the app by the FCC will show that the complaints around the app are unfounded and that it does none of the things Apple accuses it of doing.”
Arrington’s colleague Steve Gillmor goes one step further. He writes in TechCrunchIT that the whole Google Voice affair is a Machiavellian plot against — you guessed it — AT&T.
We won’t hold our breath.