updated 04:55 pm EDT, Tue June 8, 2010
NYT claimed app commercialized its feed
Having only been absent since late Monday, Pulse is already back on sale at the App Store. The iPad app displays RSS feeds in a graphical grid, and had been a popular download prior to its disappearing. It was temporarily pulled following a complaint by the New York Times, alleging that the app infringed on the newspaper's rights.
Why the app would return -- unchanged -- is unclear, but it is likely a result of Apple's WWDC 2010 keynote. Pulse was highlighted during the event by the company's CEO, Steve Jobs, and the app's sudden absence may have proven an embarrassment to both Jobs and the company's marketing plans. During the keynote, Jobs made a point of countering criticism of App Store rejection policies.