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Links 1 through 10 of 156 by Drew Thaler tagged Apple

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If we go back in time 5 or 6 years, people had only one option if they wanted to listen to their favorite artists online without paying for the pleasure. That one option was piracy. Today the public has a wide variety of legal options, and the medium of choice for most people appears to be YouTube.

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Why is it so easy for these huge private companies to get law enforcement to do their bidding?

In the Apple case, I'd really like to know how easy it would be to get a "task force" to search for evidence that *MY* **RETURNED** phone was "stolen".

Ridiculous.

The truth is that if you are just some regular schmo, and you go to the police and tell them your kid is missing, they will tell you you have to wait 24 hours, no matter how egregious the situation. But in the case of a lost but quickly returned phone, they have no problem sending in a crew of cops to ransack someone's house.

We all know that in the case of Apple, their beef isn't that Gizmodo bought the phone. Their beef is that Gizmodo wrote an article about their secret phone.

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Because if some third party invents something that fundamentally changes what it means to own a mobile device, and that software is available on other devices, overnight Apple is in the position of being the supplicant.

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The people who will spout bullshit like “I read on screen all day” when what they really mean is “I read the first three paragraphs of the New York Times article I saw linked on Twitter before retweeting it; and then I repeat that process for the next eight hours while pretending to work.” That’s reading in the way that rubbing against women on the subway is sex.

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I don't really know what Apple may do in these cases. And that's the problem. The fact is that they forced Stern and Bild to do change their editorial content decisions, and anyone or anything could be next. Apple is a corporation and they can do whatever they want, after all. In fact, that's the argument of the people who defend these decisions: It's Apple's prerogative to do whatever the hell they want with their store.

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Though more than 100,000 app developers have clicked "I agree," public copies of the agreement are scarce, perhaps thanks to the prohibition on making any "public statements regarding this Agreement, its terms and conditions, or the relationship of the parties without Apple's express prior written approval." But when we saw the NASA App for iPhone, we used the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to ask NASA for a copy, so that the general public could see what rules controlled the technology they could use with their phones. NASA responded with the Rev. 3-17-09 version of the agreement.

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The truly amazing part of this story is what's coming out from comments from the students themselves. Some of the interesting points:
Possession of a monitored Macbook was required for classes.
Possession of an unmonitored personal computer was forbidden and would be confiscated.
Disabling the camera was impossible.
Jailbreaking a school laptop in order to secure it or monitor it against intrusion was an offense which merited expulsion.

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Flash is the reason we all have fast, reliable, ubiquitous online video today. It's the reason that YouTube took off & video consumption exploded four years ago. It's the reason we have Hulu, Vimeo, and all the rest--and the reason that people now watch billions of videos per day (and nearly 10 hours apiece per month) online. Without it, we'd all still be bumbling along.

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"What's good for the internet is good for Google. Right now, the phone companies are not good for the internet."

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