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Pulse returns to App Store after extremely brief hiatus

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.

The Times' objection turns out to have been based on the terms of use for its RSS feeds. There language insists that the feeds be used only for non-commercial purposes, theoretically in conflict with Pulse's $4 pricetag. The paper was also upset about developers using its content to promote a third-party app, and moreover the display of within an in-app browser, instead of as its own entity.

by MacNN Staff





  1. tortenteufel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Doc! We were wrong!

    there is still a Pulse....

    Comment buried. Show
  1. djbeta

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not to side with big business here..

    But, I think I would be upset too if I were the NY Times, and I really would like to know how they'll be appeased with regard to this situation.

    It is after all their content.. no?

    Should we all support a framework that prohibits free content ? Or suggest that Pulse pay NYT to use its content a small fee for each RSS feed that someone grabs from NYT using Pulse.

    I think it's one or the other. Don't you?

  1. countach

    Joined: Dec 1969


    R U kidding me?

    The whole point of having RSS feeds is to load them into your RSS reader. And the NY Times doesn't get to dictate what kind of RSS readers are on the market. The NY times are being Luddites.

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Beyond Stupid!

    To echo countach's comment, you can't follow RSS feeds with a reader or a browser that supports them. Without such a mechanism, the RSS feeds themselves would be both pointless and useless, um... just like the NYT's idiot legal department.

    P.S. I notice that I recently became a grizzled veteran... woo hoo!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: R U Kidding me

    The whole point of having RSS feeds is to load them into your RSS reader. And the NY Times doesn't get to dictate what kind of RSS readers are on the market. The NY times are being Luddites.

    And the whole part of the complaint (yes, the complaint) was NOT that the reader could be used to read the NYT news feed, it was that the reader came with it preloaded, and they also used the NYT site/feeds in their advertising (screenshots on the web site).

    They are NOT complaining that you can use the feed to read the NYT, just that they were basically using the NYT to help get people to buy their software.

    But why let the facts get in the way of a good rant, right?

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