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Thursday, August 20, 2009, 12:45 pm PT (03:45 pm ET)

Yahoo issues, retracts complaint about Apple's App Store

Soon after the product manager for Yahoo's Messenger program for iPhone posted a complaint about Apple, the official company blog retracted the post and chalked it up to a misunderstanding.

"My bad," Sarah Bacon began her corrected post, "I was mistaken."

Originally, the product manager had criticized the iPhone maker in a post entitled "And so we wait...on Apple." In it, Bacon said that the iPhone App Store approval process was "somewhat unpredictable," and she blamed Apple for the delay of the latest update to Yahoo Messenger.

While she originally said the application had been submitted to Apple for approval weeks ago, that changed in the retraction soon posted on the Yahoo Messenger Blog.

"Turns out I didn't have the latest information about our Yahoo! Messenger for iPhone app, which is awaiting approval and release by Apple," she said, adding that the company withdrew its previous submission of the program to make changes.

She continued: "So the newly submitted Yahoo! Messenger for iPhone app has been with Apple for less than a week, and is well within the timeframe for their approval process."

Yahoo now expects Apple to approve their update to its Messenger application very soon, and Bacon admitted she jumped the gun in criticizing the iPhone maker. In recent weeks, Apple's approval process for the App Store has come under fire in the media, prompting company executive Phil Schiller to personally fight back.