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Briefly: iBookstore to refine age ratings, LinkedIn shutters Intro

updated 09:39 pm EST, Fri February 7, 2014

Email to developers, publishers requires age ratings by this June

In addition to updating developers generally about the recent iBookstores expansion, Apple has also asked publishers and developers of e-books aimed at children and teens to provide "interest age" ratings to their publications, even with digital textbooks earmarked as educational material. The move is to help the iBookstore classify the appropriate age range for e-books, suggesting the company will further categorize future titles within the Juvenile Fiction and educational books genres. Developers and publishers must begin including the "interest age" information with their submissions by June of this year, the email said.

LinkedIn to close controversial 'Intro' service

Intro, a service of the professional social network LinkedIn for iPhone, is closing as of March 7, reports 9to5Mac. The controversial service, which essentially rerouted users' email through LinkedIn so that network information such as a photo and professional information of the sender, along with other LinkedIn functionality, could be added to the email for the recipients' convenience, never found a large enough audience to justify itself.

Unfortunately, removing the Intro service for users of it will prove difficult, as it was not based on an app or web service but instead sent all of a users' email to a LinkedIn proxy, which then inserted the additional info and passed the message on to the iPhone. If users fail to remove the Intro profile(s) from the iPhone Settings and restore their "old" email account(s), they will be unable to send or receive email from the Intro-enabled accounts until they do so. LinkedIn already has some limited integration in OS X, and may be considering adding built-in integration along similar lines to iOS in the future.





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