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Pulse Gets a New Heartbeat in the App Store

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Earlier today we, and everyone else, reported that the RSS reader for the iPad, Pulse, had been pulled from the App Store. This came after the New York Times said Pulse violated copyright, and that came after Apple CEO Steve Jobs mentioned Pulse in his WWDC Keynote as an app to watch. Well, this afternoon, the beat is back on and the Pulse is back to pulsing in the App Store, without any changes to the app that anyone can see.

According to TechCrunch, the developers sound as puzzled as we are about this.

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3 Comments

  1. GoodThings2Life

    06/08/2010 at 3:32 pm

    I never heard… what, exactly, was it they were violating? I mean surely it’s not “linking to our content” because heck, people do that all the time… although I try to avoid the NYTimes since I believe they’re a big reason why “the media” is awful.

    • Sumocat

      06/09/2010 at 5:33 am

      Per the complaint letter: “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. The app also frames the NYTimes.com and Boston.com websites in violation of their respective Terms of Use.”

      In addition to including their feeds preloaded, the app also featured their content in the product screenshots. It’s a valid complaint (or at least I’d have to treat it seriously), but again, I think they should have contacted the developer directly and worked something out.

  2. Eve

    06/08/2010 at 3:46 pm

    the NY Times should trim down their legal dept. and hire a few worthwhile columnists and reporters.

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