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Apple Learns The Perils of Gatekeeping

Apple Learns The Perils of Gatekeeping
By James Turner
May 4, 2009

It hasn't been a good year for Apple's iPhone App Store. Child welfare advocates threw a fit over the notorious Baby Shaker application. App Store developers started to complain about slow payment of royalties from Apple. The ubiquity of iPhone flatulence applications became a running joke. And now comes word that popular industial rockers Nine Inch Nails have had their iPhone app turned down, because of naughty language. Which all leads to the question: Why is Apple in the business of selling iPhone applications anyway? One possible answer is that Apple needs to gate-keep iPhone applications because otherwise they could screw up their deal with AT&T.


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