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Apple Says It Has Fixed Server Bug That Led to Crashing Apps

Apple said late Thursday that it has resolved a glitch that was causing some apps downloaded from its online store to crash upon launch.

Essentially, the software that is designed to ensure that purchased applications are unlocked for the users was instead rendering them unusable.

“We had a temporary issue that began yesterday with a server that generated DRM code for some apps being downloaded,” Apple said in a statement to AllThingsD. Apple said the bug affected only a small number of users.

“The issue has been rectified and we don’t expect it to occur again,” Apple said. Those who have an affected app can re-download it from the App Store.

Instapaper creator Marco Arment has been publicizing the issue — and compiling a list affected apps — since first noticing the problem.

Among the other apps impacted was GoodReader, which posted this message to its users.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik