Apple apps follow-up

As you might recall, I went a bit on the rant path against Apple when they held up a liberal "singlepayerplan" app from being approved for political reasons ("politically charged"); while they delayed Howard Dean's app for healthcare reform around his book for weeks on end.

I followed up with an appearance on Air America called "The Apple Conspiracy" (listen here).  Well, Apple did the right thing and released the Single Payer app, while also allowing conservatives to put up their own apps.

A good victory for ordinary people in the apps section.

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The US Chamber of Commerce is up to its eyeballs in disgruntled members and as a membership organization, perhaps it will consider the incredible amount of damage it has done to is reputation by aggressively resisting climate change initiatives and legislation.

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Apple iPhone Censorship

Wow, Apple has thin skin:

Apple Imposes NDA For App Store Rejections

If you're a developer and Apple rejects your iPhone application from its App Store, the company wants you to shut up and get over it.

Apple's serious about it: The company has extended the iPhone non-disclosure agreement, which prohibits application developers from discussing programming tips, to include rejection letters as well. Some developers in the past have shared their rejection letters on the web, but now, according to MacRumors, rejection letters include a clause that reads, "THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MESSAGE IS UNDER NON-DISCLOSURE."

I just went through about as terrible a process as you I could have imagined with the Apple iphone app store. It sucked, with their non-co-opoeration, multi-month delays, and inability to even update the situation for weeks at a time. So sue me.

WSG worked with Chelsea Green through a developer to bring Howard Dean's book on healthcare reform to the iPhone app store. The app is not just a book, but also an action kit-- the sort of ground-breaking thing that Howard Dean is so well known for letting his internet team run with innovating.

Unfortunately, Apple just squashed our roll-out plans. I have thought it was just plain incompetence of Apple that Howard Dean's iphone app (the book and Action kit) was being delayed for more than two months (with no reason why given). I resisted the thought that it was some sort of political delay by Apple. Well, now I have to wonder, check this out:

Apple Denied Health Care App for Political Reasons

Apple rejected a free iPhone application that advocated a single-payer health system, calling the application "politically charged," according to the app's developer.

Red Daly, a 22 year-old computer science grad student at Stanford, submitted his iSinglePayer iPhone app for Apple's approval on Aug. 21. A little more than a month later Apple rejected it on the grounds of its content, Daly told

This really makes me wonder what is going on with Apple and this sort of censorship. Here's more:
Daly said he anticipated the rejection after Apple called a few weeks ago to ask if he was working on his own, or on behalf of a group or politician. He said he was just working as his own small company, which he suspects led to his rejection.

Apple's preference for the establishment annoys Daly.

"I feel like politicians already have a megaphone and Apple is making it worse instead of making it easier for a regular guy to get an application into the store," Daly said.

Apple did not reply to a request for comment.

Daly, who has successfully submitted other apps such as Quiz Tunes, suspected something was off when he did not get an answer from Apple quickly.

Then on Saturday morning, Daly got a call from an Apple employee who identified himself as Richard, who told him verbally that his app had been rejected. When Daly asked if there was anything he could do to make it less politically charged, Richard replied that the problem was the app was politically charged.

So what it seems like Apple wound up doing, was creating a policy that allowed people like Dean (a politician) to use their app store for political action apps, but not individuals working on their own.

Now, as I mentioned above, Apple gave us no reason for the multi-month delay of the launch, so the above is speculation of what's happening with their policy of political censorship through the app store.

But of course, who knows, because:

Apple did not reply to a request for comment.

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The Eminem/Universal lawsuit - finally, justice for artists?

(x-posted from Daily Kos).

Preposition: Record companies, on the whole, tend to rip off musicians.

It's not something that music consumers often think about, apart from being a general bit of conventional wisdom. Like the apocryphal stories of star-struck kids heading for Hollywood with the intention of becoming movie stars only to wind up junkies living in skid row hotels after being spat out by the heartless studio machine ("Mulholland Drive," anyone?), it's kind of assumed that naive bands signing deals with cigar-chomping, Porsche-driving label executives are going to wind up getting screwed on the deal. Sad, but kind of a comes-with-the-territory thing.

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Al Gore's Ex-Politician Behavior

One of the reasons that I don't think Al Gore is going to run for President is because he's been making a lot of money since he left office, and in doing so, he's been playing footsie with the progressive corporate elite.  While the progressive economy, that of Apple, Microsoft and Google, is a nicer place than, say, Exxon, the elites in those worlds are not held accountable for their behavior anymore than elites in any other part of American society.  Al Gore is on the board of both Apple and Google.  That's not the base of a Presidential campaign, it's the base of a retired political icon.  

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