Apple Giveth and Apple Taketh Away: Pulse Pulled

You have to feel for these guys. I’ve been getting ready to write a small review of an iPad app called Pulse. It’s a different way to read RSS feeds on an iPad. You can load up to twenty feeds into the reader (syncing them from Google Reader) and then view them on the iPad in a UI that is quite stunning. Pulse caught the eye of quite a few recently, and I have to say, it is a lovely way to peruse RSS feeds, even if you are limited to twenty feeds at the moment.

Pulse News Reader was created by two Stanford students Akshay Kothari and Ankit Gupta, who quickly had lots of folks talking about them and their app. That included Steve Jobs who mentioned the app during the WWDC keynote yesterday. But that’s where the joy ride to the top stopped for the moment. Apparently the New York Times feels Pulse infringes on its rights, send off a legal missive and Pulse was pulled from the App Store.

Intriguingly the NY Times gave Pulse a glowing review last week. Word is that the developers are working to exclude the NY Times from being selected as a feed to read in hopes of getting the app back in the App Store.

Via BoomTown


  1. Sumocat says

    As someone who deals with reprint/reuse requests, I have to admit NYT does have a valid complaint. Being a paid app preloaded with their feed, as opposed to added later by the user, this should be considered commercial use not covered by fair use. The developers should have sought permission beforehand.

    That said, NYT should have contacted the developers directly to work out a deal and not sent out their lawyers so soon. They could have gotten a piece of or built on that success instead of squashing it. Small wonder newspapers are on the decline.

  2. Mark says

    If the New York Times doesn’t want people to view their RSS feed, why do they publish it?

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