It may be time for iPad app Pulse
to get an echocardiogram.
Yesterday, the RSS reader
was topping the download charts. Steve Jobs mentioned it in his keynote speech at the Apple Worldwide Developer's Conference
. The developers, Akshay Kothari, 23, and Ankit Gupta, 22, were riding high.
But then the New York Times took notice and complained that the reader was in violation of its terms of service because Pulse a) charged for its app and b) pre-loaded it with the NYT and Boston.com RSS feeds -- a violation of its copyright.
It seemed to some like the Grey Lady was going to take a stand against the digital age's ransacking of the news, to say nothing of its own column last week that gave the app
Apple took Pulse down from its store yesterday evening.
But! This afternoon, Pulse was already back in the app store
, presumably because the developers removed the RSS feeds
from the apps. Buyers can still get the feeds, they just have to do it themselves now.