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Apple starts rejecting iPhone apps that require registration to work

Just when we thought Apple's weird and arbitrary App Store rejections were at an end, they've invented a new reason to keep iPhone apps out of the store. Apparently, Apple doesn't like apps that require you to register for an account before they'll work. Wait, WHAT? The app that was reportedly rejected is Read It Later, which needs a user account for you to save articles in so you can ... you...

Google Chrome Extension Gallery treads lightly on copyright issues

With its doors open to uploads and everyone buzzing about Google Chrome for one reason or another, the Extensions Gallery will be arriving soon. And while there's usually open(source)ness involved when talking about Google and Chrome, the Gallery isn't going to be quite as open as we might have thought. Unlike Mozilla's add-on site for Firefox, it appears as though things are going to run in...

New website covers the rejected iPhone app beat

When Apple first started rejecting iPhone apps for strange or controversial reasons, it was newsworthy, but after a while it became impractical to write about all of these rejections, because - my gosh! - you could fill an entire site with these! AppRejections.com has done just that. It's a new site you can check to see all the latest disputed app rejections. AppRejections is a bit of...

Apple yanks Commodore 64 emulator for BASIC interpreter easter egg

Manomio has certainly been patient in waiting for their fully licensed, retro-awesome Commodore 64 app to be allowed beyond the velvet rope guarding the entrance App Store. One of the hold ups that led to their initial rejection back in June was the presence of a BASIC interpreter. Rather than strip the code entirely, Manomio tucked it behind a Konami code of sorts. Once users began reporting...

Apple censors iPhone version of Ninjawords dictionary

The saga of Apple's inexplicable App Store approval policies just got even weirder. This time, a dictionary iPhone app was rejected for containing profanity, and only accepted once a 17+ rating was attached, and the allegedly obscene words were removed from the app. Even more frustrating is that Ninjawords, the censored dictionary, distinguishes itself by using different sources for its...

FCC demands details from Apple about Google Voice rejection

The FCC sent inquiry letters to Apple, AT&T and Google as part of an investigation into the rejection of Google Voice from Apple's App Store. The rejection was one of the now-typical "duplicates the functionality of one of Apple's apps" affairs, and the FCC is pressing for details on how Apple's seemingly inconsistent approval process actually works. Was Apple moving at the behest of AT&T...

iPhone devs share info to avoid App Store rejection

Apple is notorious for its seemingly arbitrary review policies for iPhone applications, and stories of apps being rejected for unexpected reasons abound. Developers have trouble navigating the ambiguous minefield of App Store policies -- what's allowed or not allowed in a "lite" version, for example -- and there's nowhere to turn to for advice on successfully complying with the rules and getting...

Eucalyptus eBook reader recovers from silly app store rejection

Eucalyptus, a gorgeous eBook reader for the iPhone, was initially rejected from Apple's application store for the most absurd of reasons. See, Eucalyptus' extensive library of great literature comes from Project Gutenberg, an open source book project, and one of the books in Gutenberg's library is The Kama Sutra. Apple apparently objected to this during the review process, despite the fact that...

Crudebox becomes Prudebox to make it into the App Store

After I posted about the Baby Shaker iPhone app controversy, we got an email from the developers of a fart-soundboard app called Crudebox, telling their story of rejection from the App Store. Fart apps were the early targets of public outcry when Apple first started vetting software for its app store. They're obscene! Why do some get in, while others are rejected? When Apple rejected Crudebox...

Tweetie 1.3 rejected from App Store because of swearing on Twitter

Many iPhone developers have horror stories about their apps being rejected from the iTunes App Store for frustrating, sometimes arbitrary reasons. After today, Atebits, makers of the bestselling iPhone Twitter client, Tweetie, might take the prize for the most absurd rejection yet. Tweetie 1.3 was barred from the App Store for offensive language. Seems fair enough, until you realize that the...