New York Times complaint pulls app from iTunes store

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Kara Swisher reports that a popular RSS reader for the iPad, highlighted during Steve Job’s keynote speech on Monday, was removed from the iTunes store last night following a complaint by The New York Times.

The Pulse News Reader, which cost $3.99, had been downloaded more than 35,000 times, according to Swisher. The app had been featured in the Times Bits blog last week, but Apple removed the app after receiving a request from the paper’s lawyers.

“The Pulse News Reader app, makes commercial use of the NYTimes.com and Boston.com RSS feeds, in violation of their Terms of Use. Thus, the use of our content is unlicensed. The app also frames the NYTimes.com and Boston.com websites in violation of their respective Terms of Use.”

Developers Akshay Kothari and Ankit Gupta plan to modify the app to exclude New York Times company content and resubmit it for sale.

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