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The Federation of German Publishers is up in arms about Apple's new kiddie-friendly policy, as companies struggle to understand if their brands are big enough for porn. Apple's latest policy on iTunes applications is that titillation isn't allowed, unless your brand is "a well-known company with previously published material", …

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Jobs Horns

Apple...

= evil

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Yeah!

I mean how dare they ban porn?! You don't get much worse than porn banning! Fuckwit.

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Paris Hilton

I'll take your flame bait

You need to take a good hard look at yourself, before calling others names - we're not talking hard core pron here it's just a little bit of tits and ass (maybe the odd pussy too?). There is nothing 'bad' or 'evil' about naked humans. This is censorship in its most crude form and should be resisted at all costs.

IMHO if there was more nakedness, and a LOT less violence, in the mainstream media/entertainment industry then a lot less people (like you) would have hangups about it and the world be a better place.

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Not the issue

Consistent enforcement of rules is. If it's OK for Playboy to show flesh, it's OK for everyone. If it's not OK for Joe Blow, it's not OK for Playboy. Should be quite simple to understand but His Steveness obviously has another agenda. Like letting his friends make dough because then they'll still be his friends or something.

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Jobs Horns

Yep, typical of Apple

Look after the big boys and squash the little guy.

Which among other reasons is why I won't allow an Apple product to be brought into my house.

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You owe me

Stupid stupid piece of thong, why wouldn't it come off!!!

iStore owes me a new phone.

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WTF?

What next - an iBreathe App???

So whats up with just launching the iPhones web browser and typing in 'tits'? Or are fanbois incapable of doing anything unless there's an App for it?

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Paris Hilton

Vigorous iPhone shaking

this could be construed as onanism.....

Paris, of course.

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Anonymous Coward

onanism?

Only if the iPhone transmits a stream of data after so many strokes/shakes

lol

Paris, because of the use of the word "onanism"

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Anonymous Coward

That's what you get

when you got for the Apple

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Joke

Title of article misleading

I was expecting this story to be about some new 3D augmented reality app where you make a pulling gesture against the touch screen and boom - German jugs fly out into your face!

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Boffin

Ever worked with American companies?

"Less well known" = "comes from somewhere outside of the USA, and everybody knows those places don't really exist"

Americans as individuals are lovely, but their world view is ...er...narrow.

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Jobs Horns

Suck it up!

Suck it up iPhone owners, you will get what daddy Steve lets you have and nothing more.

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Joke

to think ...

it would have looked soooo good on the iPad :D

RE: Suck it up , what happens to "iPad owners" will you hate them more than "iphone owners" ?:D

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Seriously

Seriously, people shouldn't bash Apple for this. When you buy a product, it is because you deem its benefits acceptable compared to is lack of features. You buy a DVD player without a USB or Network plug? Don't cry to the maker because "it's essentially a computer, so why did you not include this feature?!?!" You bought it. If it was the only DVD player on the market, well, your desire to watch DVDs may far outweigh your want for a USB or Network plug and you'll buy it regardless. When people buy an Apple product, they feel it is worth the niche market cost and lock-in. Not to mention accepting the Big Brother we-know-whats-good-for-you-take-it-or-leave-it marketing and development. If you don't own an Apple product yet, go ahead and flame your reasons for not buying their "crap." But when you become a paying customer, you waive that right.

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Coat

#title#

Apple obviously hasn't ever heard of Rule 34.

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Pint

Rule 34

Hopefully no one has applied Rule #34 to any pics of Steve Jobs...

*twitch*

beer, because I must have many of them after *that* mental image

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Against EU Policy

I am not bothered one way or the other about whether they allow porn, but once again Apple seems to breach EU competition laws.

It is high time someone reported Apple to the EU regarding its restrictive practices including, Itunes only software load, restricting users from using equipment as they see fit with the threat of an invalidated warranty, restriction of features like bluetooth, VoIP etc and now this daft policy.

Apple is a dominant player in its sector and bullies software developers on a whim. Until the EU grows some balls and starts investigating Apple I would suggest that developers start looking at the Google Android platform. If Google had any sense it would see this as an opportunity to court Apple Developers to its platform with some porting assistance. Microsoft did this many years ago when it wanted to get people to it's new platform called Windows.

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No nudity policy should apply to all companies

Apple has just created a double standard, big known pornographers can have nude apps but the little companies can't. This is outrageous, turn nudity off for all companies.

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"explain the rules"

I thought it was already self-evident. The rules are whataver His Jobsness decides they are when he gets up in the morning.

A serious, professional business sets guidelines that are clear and then enforces them mercilessly. Apple, in not having set clear guidelines and enforcing rules that are known after the fact, is seriously putting itself forth as not being a professional business environment.

That, of course, irks the other professional businesses to no end. And they will rock the Apple boat until the situation clears up : either Apple stops inventing new rules without telling anyone until the cat is already out of the bag, or these important corporations will probably stop playing with Apple.

And that, in the long run, is going to hurt Apple more than help it.

Talking about the bottom line, of course.

Because you can go on and on about how the "little" developers will always be coming to the Apple "platform", once enough of them have had their app yanked without explanation, there WILL be backlash.

And everyone knows how hard it is to recover from burning your developers.

Well, everyone except Apple, apparently.

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Just more reason to jailbreak

Must be so insanely awesome to try to make money selling your work through the iTunes Store. Talk about disposable. I guess you are trying to sell to people with disposable income, so it's "fair play". As Steve would say : "Just change your job. No big deal!"

Sent from my stolen, jailbroken iPad.

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