Booted Pulse iPad App Returns to the App Store–But How?
Pulse, the iPad news reader lauded by Apple CEO Steve Jobs during his WWDC keynote Monday only to be pulled from App Store hours later after a complaint from the New York Times Company, has been reinstated. Earlier this afternoon, Pulse returned to the App Store–though it’s not quite clear why.
The Stanford University graduate students who designed the app say they submitted a new version to Apple (AAPL) that doesn’t preload the Times’ RSS feed, but as far as they know, it is still awaiting review. In other words, the app that’s currently available on iTunes appears to be the original version that inspired the takedown request.
I own the app and a quick check of my iTunes account shows no updates yet available for Pulse. And on my iPad, it’s still pulling in an RSS feed from the Times.
I have asked Apple and the Times for comment and will update here if I hear back.
In the meantime, here’s the New York Times (NYT) explanation for why it complained about the app in the first place.