As you may or may not know, Micorsoft has a website called AppHub where developers can register to submit apps/games and get paid. AppHub registration is also required for developers to obtain certificates to test their programs on actual hardware, rather than just emulators. This is all fine and good, unless you live in one of the countries where site registration is unavailable...like say, every country in the Middle East.
Microsoft announced yesterday at the Dubai Tech-Ed that they have remedied the problem, not by opening AppHub up to the Middle East, but by requiring devs to submit programs through a company called YallaApps. As if this slap in the face were not enough, the site includes this little tidbit:
How will my application be displayed in the Windows Phone Marketplace?
The product description of your application will include the following sentence: Brought to you by Yalla Apps on behalf of [Your Developer Name].
Basically, if Mid-East devs want to submit their goods, they have to allow them to be registered under another company's name. To add injury to insult, YallaApps' parent company, Prototype Interactive, is also in the application development business. So not only do apps submitted this way get credited to YallaApps, they are then under the control of a competitor. Holy Conflict of Interest, Batman!