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No Playboy App For iPad, After All 140

Posted by timothy
from the you'll-need-to-go-on-a-safari-for-that dept.
tsamsoniw writes "The rumors that a Playboy app would appear in the Apple App Store were greatly exaggerated. Playboy plans to offer an online service through which subscribers can access past and current issues of the nudie mag — and per Playboy, it will be accessible via Safari and support iPad features (whatever that means). But if Playboy does come out with a native app for iPad, all the nudity will be censored. That should be just fine for the legions of people who indeed read the magazine for the articles. This really shouldn't be a surprise, though: If Apple insists on 'protecting' users of its high-priced gear from pixelated naughty bits in a graphic-novel version of classic literature, it certainly won't let users access the full monty. It's a shame, though: If Apple's customers want access to that sort of content, Apple should allow them to get at it via a native app instead of suffering a potentially buggier, less secure browser-based experience."
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No Playboy App For iPad, After All

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  • Natalie Portman (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 21, 2011 @08:41PM (#34961510)

    Naked and Petrified!

  • by jbn-o (555068) <mail@digitalcitizen.info> on Friday January 21, 2011 @09:27PM (#34961850) Homepage

    Apple does not "block" porn, they just refuse publishing porn themselves.

    Apple maintains the ability to "kill" (Apple's term) software users install on their own Apple hardware. Apple maintains the control they need to decide on a case-by-case basis who gets to run what program. Apple retains the power to make it hard for any user(s) to watch porn through an application. How Apple uses this power may change over time, denying some users access to an app but allowing others. Apple can apply this power with absolutely no legal ability for the user to gainsay Apple's power, predict who is denied what, or understand for what reason someone was denied complete control of their computer.

    We would not stand for this control in any other medium. It should not be up to anyone but the owner of the device to exert control over what they wish to read or run.

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