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Submission + - Apple Eases Rules for Publishers on Apps (

pjfontillas writes: Apple has quietly reversed their decision that required publishers who sell content and subscriptions in their iPhone and iPad apps to go through iTunes, with Apple taking a 30% cut.

It's not so quiet in the workplace, however, as this news has a pretty big influence on developer workloads.

Here at The New York Times our developers breathe a sigh of relief once we realized we don't have try and work around that requirement like The Financial Times did:

Apple seems to have been doing much better with their community (consumers and developers alike) recently. As a long-time Linux advocate it's hard to say but I've actually come to appreciate some of Apple's products.

PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - PlayStation Plus (Sucks)

pjfontillas writes: Usually when I get an email from Sony with the subject "Here's your PlayStation Store update" I quickly skim through it and move on. This one made me do a double-take, actual reading, and finally clicking through to learn more about it. PlayStation Plus is a service designed to make Sony more money. PlayStation Plus promo

Let's be honest, that's all it ever would be. However, the last part of the PlayStation Plus description, if possible, swiftly kicked me in the balls when I wasn't paying attention: "All free games and add-ons are yours to keep and use the entire time you are a PlayStation®Plus subscriber. All this, and much more." Much more? Sweet! UGH. Wait, what? The free stuff you give me can only be used while I'm a subscriber? So it's not really free? More like... on loan or something? I know you want my money, and I might be willing to give it to you, but don't tell me something is free when it really isn't. Sony Exec: Free? Are you kidding me? Hahahahaha!!!!

God was willing to set aside a few moments of his/her/its eternally busy/hectic/non-existant (whatever floats your boat, or sinks it, whatever...) schedule to comment on that last article stating that "I don’t understand why this is news? Sony clearly spelled this out when they first announced the service. Here’s another news flash: When your phone contract expires, your phone will not have the ability to make/receive calls."

Thank you for your input, God. But seriously, why are you, of all people/things, unable to understand human nature? You made us, right? RIGHT?

You're comparing apples to oranges, and you really seem to dislike apples. When paying for a phone subscription you know what you're getting, and they never tell you that what you're getting is actually free, because... they're not lying to you (at least not completely). Sony is telling you that with PlayStation Plus you're getting something for free when, at first glance is "free", it's actually not.

This PlayStation Plus subscription really reeks, because if successful who knows what else they'll eventually throw into the pot and label "VIP access only"? Free online play? Let's hope not.

Feel free to talk to God (who is apparently a geek) about this, on or here on /. I'm sure God will see it regardless.

Submission + - Microsoft Cancels Bing Cashback

pjfontillas writes: Yusuf Mehdi, Senior Vice President of Microsoft's Online Audience Business Group, has recently announced:

One of the principles we have here at Bing is to constantly experiment and learn. We do this to ensure we are keeping pace with new social and technology trends, and can continue to deliver great value for our customers and advertisers.

As part of this "test-and-learn" mentality, we will be retiring the Bing cashback feature, which means that the last day you can earn cashback will be July 30, 2010.

From the look of the comments, M$ has at least 35 saddened users.

eWeek does a follow-up attempting to explain the situation in more detail.

Submission + - Touch Book, dual core netbooks, or an iPad?

pjfontillas writes: With Always Innovating always innovating — in case you didn't notice there's a blinking message stating that at the beginning of the summer they will release a new product — and news of dual core netbooks on the rise should I hold off on buying a new netbook? The iPad is somewhat old news and a bit of a problem due to its restrictions but I figured it's worth a mention.

I know the Touch Book is on a different level than dual core netbooks — in terms of power, how it's used, and how the Touch Book runs on customized software and a chip that supposedly doesn't support Windows (fine by me!) — but regardless, I'm currently looking to buy one or the other.

I just want to browse the web, view and edit some documents, and occasionally stream standard — don't care for HD — video/audio, and remote desktop/SSH. I don't think any of those require a lot of processing power. The Touch Book looks like it will provide an interesting experience while supposedly lasting somewhere around 10-12 hours, while dual core netbooks should provide more power but may drain battery life.

My questions may seem specific but this topic is really quite open. I'm simply interested in what /. has to say.

Thanks for your time, everyone. I appreciate it.

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