Apple in Your Eye
If a labor organization forms and only reporters follow it, is it for real? Earlier today, SiliconBeat reported on a new website called App Developer Union ostensibly launched to organize iOS developers burned by Apple’s policies–just days before this year’s WWDC. The site also has an accompanying Twitter (@AppDevUnion) and an attendant hashtag (#appdevunion). But so far, its only followers are four tech reporters, including us, and a men’s lifestyle blog.
As SiliconBeat noted, the domain’s registration information on WhoIs is listed as private. Of course, that doesn’t mean that their grievances don’t ring true. It’s quite possible that interested developers might be nervous about publicly signing up for the cause. After all, Apple’s had an uneasy relationship with developers for years. Back in 2009, Marco Arment said of their reluctance to answer questions at WWDC, “We could probably have a more open discussion with Kim Jong-il about North Korea’s nuclear policy.”
The Tao of Steve
Aereo goes to court [Wall Street Journal]
Larry Ellison goes sailing [Seattle Times]
John Gruber goes into a K-hole [Daring Fireball]
Kevin Rose goes to Google Ventures [All Things D]
MegaUpload moves to dismiss [CNET]
Paul Ceglia’s latest team of lawyers goes home [AllFacebook]
SpaceX Dragon heads home, too [AP]
Taking a Tumble
Time magazine was almost finished closing its latest issue, which will hit stands Friday, when the news of Steve Jobs’ death broke. So for the first time in what AdWeek says may have been three decades, the magazine stopped the presses. Mr. Jobs’ image now graces the front cover for the eighth and perhaps final time. Its entire ‘feature well’ will also be devoted to covering his legacy.
Businessweek and Newsweek also have special issues planned, the former an ad-free tribute. Wired.com‘s striking black homepage is also still ad-fee–featuring only an image of Mr. Jobs and quotes mourning his passing–just as it did last night. But Time‘s issue is of particular note because it will feature an essay from Walter Issacson, Mr. Jobs’ biographer, who just had his deadline pushed up by Simon & Schuster.
Mr. Issacson’s essay is behind a paywall, but Fortune.com has excerpted the part where he describes the day Mr. Jobs first tried to pitch him on writing his life’s story.
Reuters social media editor Anthony “SoupSoup” DeRosa is an avid Tumblr user who recently walked away from the platform in frustration after one too many problems with the service. He published a long piece today about the ways in which Tumblr is working to manage its massive growth and got an interview with Tumblr founder David Karp.
As has been the case in Tumblr’s dealing with fallout from Rich Tong’s fashion week proposal and conflicts with the developer behind the popular extension Missing e, Mr. Karp offered no apologies for the way his company was coping with its growing pains.
Amazing new track from Corey Smith, aka Smixx, a musician, freelance iOS/WP7 developer and co-founder of Cardinal social music sharing platform. Smixx has been spinning tech raps for a while now, like “Developers feat. Steve Ballmer” and “One More Thing featuring Steve Jobs from WWDC 2011.”
But start-ups are where Betabeat’s heart really lies, so this track was the first to catch our attention. That, and @aplusk tweeted it out. Enjoy below the jump.
David and Goliath
During an interview with Bloomberg West this week, YCombinator’s Paul Graham weighed in on the start-up carnage lying around from the last two weeks. First from Apple’s WWDC keynote, which made a land-grab for territory previously held by some of its third-party iOS developers and then with the news that Facebook Read More
Tao of Steve
When Apple announced at their recent WWDC that they would be building an Instapaper like feature right into iOS 5, founder Marco Arment went on something of an emotional roller coaster.
But in a wide-ranging interview with Mac Observer today, Mr. Arment says reports of his death are greatly exaggerated. “Apple’s Reading List leaves a lot of holes. It’s very, very basic. And I strongly predict to anybody who’s trying to predict my death to try it first.”
Tao of Steve
Developers at WWDC were frustrated not to hear a word from Steve Jobs about the war patent firm Lodsys is waging against third-party developers. But at long last—okay fine, nine days later—Apple has come out swinging. Yesterday, they filed a motion to intervene in Lodsys’ lawsuit against seven small-time iOS app developers for an in-app purchase mechanism. The court has yet to decide whether it will grant Apple’s motion to act as an intervenor,which Lodsys has the power to oppose. But Apple has already submitted its answer to Lodsys’ complaint and a counterclaim. Apple’s proposed defense is that the alleged infringements are covered under an existing license agreement in Apple’s favor.
Not satisfied with the waves of fear it unleashed in competitors at the WWDC keynote yesterday, Apple has released yet another threatening new feature today. This time the planned obsolescence seems to hit closer to home. More specifically, bedtime reading with Mom and Dad. Oh yeah, and a local New York startup called MeeGenius! that premiered at New York Tech Meetup in April.