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Apple

Submission + - Apple: An 'App Store' Is Not a Store for Apps (pcmag.com)

recoiledsnake writes: What would be your first guess about what an app store sells? Don't be fooled, Apple warns, the phrase "app store" is not generic and can only be used to describe Cupertino's ... um, app store? "Apple denies that, based on their common meaning, the words 'app store' together denote a store for apps," Apple said in a Thursday filing with a California district court. All this notwithstanding that Jobs himself used the phrase generically while referring to Android app stores. Previous coverage here and here.
Apple

Submission + - Apple remove Samba from OS X 10.7 because of GPLv3 (appleinsider.com)

recoiledsnake writes: The upcoming release of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Server will remove the formerly bundled open source Samba software and replace it with Apple's own tools for Windows file sharing and network directory services. In both Mac OS X Server and client editions, Samba enables Macs to share files with Windows clients on the network and access Windows file servers. It has also later allowed Mac OS X Server to work as an NT Domain Controller to manage network accounts and make roaming profiles and home directories available to Windows PC users. However, the Samba team has moved active development of the project to the more strict GPLv3 license, which prevents Apple from using the software commercially. Apple is now said to be recommending Active Directory to users who are still dependent upon the older NT Domain Controller network directory services. Apple has previously stopped contributing code to GCC and started looking at other options like LLVM because of GCC's switch to GPLv3.
Safari

Submission + - Safari/MacBook first to fall at Pwn2Own 2011 (zdnet.com)

recoiledsnake writes: "A team of security researchers from the French pen-testing firm VUPEN successfully exploited a zero-day flaw in Apple’s Safari browser to win this year’s Pwn2Own hacker challenge. The hijacked machine was running a fully patched version of Mac OS X (64-bit). Bekrar’s winning exploit did not even crash the browser after exploitation. Within five seconds of surfing to the rigged site, he successfully launched the calculator app and wrote a file on the disk without crashing the browser. Apple has just released Safari 5.0.4 and iOS 4.3 a few minutes before the Pwn2Own contest in an attempt to save face(Chrome and Safari also released last minute patches) but failed."
Iphone

Submission + - Controversial Anti-Gay App Pulled From App Store (ibtimes.com)

recoiledsnake writes: The controversial Manhattan Declaration App has now been pulled from the App Store after more than 7,000 people signed a Change.org petition urging Apple to delete it. Calling it "anti-gay" and "anti-choice," the petition questioned Apple's decision to approve the application and deem it free of "objectionable content." "Want to join the hate fest? There's an app for that!" Change.org said on its site. "Apple needs to hear from concerned people now! Let's send a strong message to Apple that supporting homophobia and efforts to restrict choice is bad business.". In a letter sent to Apple CEO Steve Jobs earlier this week, the religious leaders said they were disappointed to learn that the company stopped selling the application, which included the text of the "Manhattan Declaration." "We do not know exactly why the app was pulled, as we have yet to receive any explanation from Apple, but we assume that it was the result of pressure brought to bear by some who, for blatantly ideologically partisan reasons, claim that the Manhattan Declaration is bigoted, or otherwise offensive," they said. "We hope that you will see how wrong it would be to let one side shut down the opposing side in a debate by slandering their opponents with prejudicial labels such as "bigot" or "homophobe." In a statement, Apple said, "We removed the Manhattan Declaration app from the App Store because it violates our developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people." The iPhone application initially disappeared from the app store in late November, The app had previously been given a 4+ rating by Apple that signifies that it does not consider the material offensive.. Can't keep both sides happy I guess. Or maybe they could sidestep such issues by removing the restriction to install apps only from the App Store.
Iphone

Submission + - Apple pulls controversial Anti-Gay App

recoiledsnake writes: The controversial Manhattan Declaration App has now been pulled from the App Store after more than 7,000 people signed a Change.org petition urging Apple to delete it. Calling it "anti-gay" and "anti-choice," the petition questioned Apple's decision to approve the application and deem it free of "objectionable content." "Want to join the hate fest? There's an app for that!" Change.org said on its site. "Apple needs to hear from concerned people now! Let's send a strong message to Apple that supporting homophobia and efforts to restrict choice is bad business.". In a letter to Steve Jobs, religious leaders said they were disappointed to learn that the company stopped selling the application, which included the text of the "Manhattan Declaration." "We do not know exactly why the app was pulled, as we have yet to receive any explanation from Apple, but we assume that it was the result of pressure brought to bear by some who, for blatantly ideologically partisan reasons, claim that the Manhattan Declaration is bigoted, or otherwise offensive," they said. "We hope that you will see how wrong it would be to let one side shut down the opposing side in a debate by slandering their opponents with prejudicial labels such as "bigot" or "homophobe." In a statement, Apple said, "We removed the Manhattan Declaration app from the App Store because it violates our developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people." The app had previously been given a 4+ rating by Apple that signifies that it does not consider the material offensive. Can't keep both sides happy I guess. Or maybe they could sidestep such issues entirely by removing the restriction to install apps only from the App Store.
Iphone

Submission + - iPhone App in App Store Limbo Open Sourced (giveabrief.com)

recoiledsnake writes: The author of iPhone prototyping tool Briefs has decided to open source it after the App store submission has been in limbo for over three months. The app had got into trouble for what Apple believes being able to run interpreted code though the author denies it, saying all the compiling happens on the Mac. While Rob stays civil, his co-worker blasts Apple for not even rejecting the app. Three months is nothing compared to Google Voice for the iPhone though, which is still being studied further by Apple from over a year.
Iphone

Submission + - Adobe demoes Flash running on Android

recoiledsnake writes: Adobe Evangelist Ryan Stewart has posted a video on Youtube that showcases a preview version of Flash running smoothly on an Android Nexus One on a variety of sampled sites on the Web. Streaming video of TV shows is demoed on the CBS and NHL web sites and a couple of games are shown running with the touch features working nicely. All the web pages and Flash content demoed are normal desktop oriented web pages and weren't optimized for mobiles. Coming on the heels of Android sales overtaking the iPhone and a possible anti-trust enquiry against Apple, will iPad and iPhone users that want Flash be able to opt-in for a Flash player App? Or will all iPhone OS users be denied access to ubiquitous Flash content and video on the Web due to Jobs' whims? This may accelerate sales of Android phones(and future tablets) even further.

Submission + - Apple says booting OS X makes an unauthorized copy 9

recoiledsnake writes: Groklaw has an extensive look at the latest developments in the Psystar vs. Apple story. There's a nice picture illustrating the accusation by Apple that Psystar makes three unauthorized copies of OS X. The most interesting however, is the last copy. From Apple's brief: "Finally, every time Psystar turns on any of the Psystar computers running Mac OS X, which it does before shipping each computer, Psystar necessarily makes a separate modified copy of Mac OS X in Random Access Memory, or RAM. This is the third unlawful copy." Psystar's response: "Copying a computer program into RAM as a result of installing and running that program is precisely the copying that Section 117 provides does not constitute copyright infringement for an owner of a computer program. As the Ninth Circuit explained, permitting copies like this was Section 117’s purpose." Is Apple seriously arguing that installing a third party program and booting OS X results in copyright infringement due to making a derivative work and an unauthorized copy?

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