Apple drops 1,000 apps from store

Apple dropped all of Chinese-based iPhone developer, Molinker's apps, and banned the company after a ratings scandal was made public.

Molinker was accused of masterminding fake five-star reviews of its products, likely by offering free apps for five-star reviews. Whatever the case, at least one of Molinker's apps, ColorMagic, made it to Staff Favorites on the iTunes App Store.

The developer and all its more than 1,000 applications are now gone from the store, as if it never existed. While some Web sites are crowing about the might of Apple and how it won't tolerate "cheaters," other are wondering how those customers who bought the apps are now just out of luck.