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  • Steve Jobs Praises App... App Gets Pulled... App Comes Back



    It almost sounds like a joke. But this week, an app fiasco has found its way into the headlines to the amusement of Apple critics confounded by the occasional App Store application debacle.

    On Monday, Steve Jobs utilized his WWDC keynote address to cover a considerable amount of territory. He even found time time to direct a few playful barbs at the App Store himself. During the presentation, however, Jobs alluded to one particular RSS reader to reference an example of a truly outstanding iPad application. But less than 24 hours after the WWDC kick-off and off-the-cuff app plug, the App Store yanked the Steve Jobs-endorsed application.

    The app in question is an RSS reader from Alphonso Labs called "Pulse." The $3.99 RSS reader app pools news stories from a variety of sources and presents one nifty little "mosaic." But after the Steve Jobs plug, Apple quickly heard from the Times Company. And it wasn't a social call. In fact, the news organization was angry that "Pulse" pulls content from its major publications - like The New York Times.

    Apple immediately pulled the application as Robert Christie, a spokesman for the Times Company, went public saying "The Pulse News Reader app, makes commercial use of the NYTimes.com and Boston.com RSS feeds, in violation of their Terms of Use. Thus, the use of our content is unlicensed.”

    On Monday, Steve Jobs gave a rousing thumbs up to "Pulse," the most- downloaded RSS reader for the iPad. On Tuesday, the app was pulled. Now it's Wednesday... and guess what? The app is back - granted, without any content derived from the NY Times. So what happened? Well, there are conflicting theories but no confirmation - either from Apple or the Times Company. But many believe Steve Jobs made a personal plea to the publication to let the App Store keep the app until other "arrangements" could be made.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Steve Jobs Praises App... App Gets Pulled... App Comes Back started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 24 Comments
    1. Imsorussian's Avatar
      Imsorussian -
      Apple monopolize phase ii
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Imsorussian View Post
      Apple monopolize phase ii
      WTF does that have anything to do with this article?
    1. monadzback's Avatar
      monadzback -
      Dude, leave him alone. His avatar is a skull!!
    1. yomamashump's Avatar
      yomamashump -
      Quote Originally Posted by Imsorussian View Post
      Apple monopolize phase ii
      He's so Russian he doesn't understand the article.
    1. rampagebegins's Avatar
      rampagebegins -
      Quote Originally Posted by Imsorussian View Post
      Apple monopolize phase ii
      in soviet russia article reads you
    1. Jizum's Avatar
      Jizum -
      Quote Originally Posted by rampagebegins View Post
      in soviet russia article reads you
      im so confused at this point!
    1. k.nitsua's Avatar
      k.nitsua -
      The App does what it's supposed to do.

      It doesn't use private APIs.

      it doesn't crash.

      ... It passes Apple three draconian rules for approval and it was still pulled... hmmm... Maybe it was best if Jobs didn't talk about the simplicties of App Store approvals afterall >_>
    1. saadlive's Avatar
      saadlive -
      **** Steve Jobs.
    1. Doran's Avatar
      Doran -
      Quote Originally Posted by k.nitsua View Post
      The App does what it's supposed to do.

      It doesn't use private APIs.

      it doesn't crash.

      ... It passes Apple three draconian rules for approval and it was still pulled... hmmm... Maybe it was best if Jobs didn't talk about the simplicties of App Store approvals afterall >_>
      Actually he said "There are many reasons why an app would be rejected but these are the TOP 3".

      Apple immediately pulled the application as Robert Christie, a spokesman for the Times Company, went public saying "The Pulse News Reader app, makes commercial use of the NYTimes.com and Boston.com RSS feeds, in violation of their Terms of Use. Thus, the use of our content is unlicensed.”
      I'm guessing that would be one of the other "many" reasons.......
    1. manickbarry's Avatar
      manickbarry -
      seems to me it was just for the infraction to the NY times!!! some times you can read too much into these things
    1. indyracer05's Avatar
      indyracer05 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rampagebegins View Post
      in soviet russia article reads you
      haha wow, that is absolutely my favorite quote!!
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      You really have to applaud their turn around approval though. One day! lol
    1. clarky8's Avatar
      clarky8 -
      These replies make no sense
    1. JustinPizzle's Avatar
      JustinPizzle -
      In soviet Russia, poop poops you.
    1. manickbarry's Avatar
      manickbarry -
      Strange
    1. cphase's Avatar
      cphase -
      This is just BS from the NYTimes... what are they going to do, ban all commercial RSS readers because they infringe upon their terms?

      I guess this is just one more example of old media resisting the changes brought by new technologies and new ways of doing things...
    1. manickbarry's Avatar
      manickbarry -
      Quote Originally Posted by cphase View Post
      This is just BS from the NYTimes... what are they going to do, ban all commercial RSS readers because they infringe upon their terms?

      I guess this is just one more example of old media resisting the changes brought by new technologies and new ways of doing things...
      I asume it because they are making money by selling that app and NY times get nothing
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      I'm confused from the complicated article and comments, or maybe it's because I'm tired
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cphase View Post
      This is just BS from the NYTimes... what are they going to do, ban all commercial RSS readers because they infringe upon their terms?

      I guess this is just one more example of old media resisting the changes brought by new technologies and new ways of doing things...
      I guess this is one way to explain stealing copyright material when it serves you.
    1. hackedintosh's Avatar
      hackedintosh -
      "shitt they noticed-"