NYT Complains, Apple Pulls Popular Pulse RSS App

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PulseApple pulled a popular RSS application from the App Store following complaints by the New York Times on the same day Apple CEO Steve Jobs touted the iPad app during his WWDC keynote.

According to WSJ’s All Things D, the App Store received a written notice from the New York Times Company claiming, “The New York Times Company believes your application named ‘Pulse News Reader’ infringes The New York Times Company’s rights.”

Gizmodo posted an excerpt from the New York Times legal counsel that provides further details:

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.

The $4 Pulse app had been available for four weeks prior to being pulled and was downloaded 35,000 times. In the same speech he unveiled the iPhone 4, Jobs claimed the app’s developers, Stanford University grad students Akshay Kothari and Ankit Gupta, were two of the most promising for the iPad tablet.

In addition The iPad Pulse app earned New York Times reporter Brad Stone’s praise in a June 1st review, where he called it a “stylish and easy-to-use news aggregator.”

Update: It appears the Pulse app is again available in the App Store.

Source: All Things Digital via Gizmodo



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