Bizarre! Is the NYTimes concerned about the promotion of the product showing the NYTimes, or the actual concept of the news reader itself? If the latter, does this impact all sales of RSS feed readers?
Under pressure from the New York Times the simply fabulous Pulse RSS app has been removed from sale at the iTunes App Store.
Apple took this step because New York Times and Bostons lawyers emailed Apple and told them Pulse was infringing on their rights.
Apparently the $3.99 cost of the app meant the newspaper saw this use as commercial and forbade it. (eMail correspondence below).
NB: Lawrence Lessig would probably launch into a conversation here as to how copyright law, so badly used, has the effect of stifling human creativity.
In a sick-making moment of irony, the New York Times was one of the first sites to praise Pulse, praising it as a great news reading app developed by two college students.