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Apple Lifts Ban On the Word "Jailbreak" 113

Posted by timothy
from the sweet-of-them dept.
Gunkerty Jeb writes "After banning the word 'jailbreak' from its app store and music library, Apple [Friday] reversed course and again permits the term — slang for hacking into a device to download unauthorized content — to appear on iTunes and its App Store. On Thursday bloggers noticed Apple had censored the word, using the Thin Lizzy album 'Jailbreak' as an example. For awhile, the title was listed as 'J******k' in Apple's music library, at least its U.S. version. In other instances, digital content continued to bear the full name Jailbreak."
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Apple Lifts Ban On the Word "Jailbreak"

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  • Nuspeak (Score:4, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 20, 2012 @12:37PM (#40057549)

    [jailbreak] - slang for hacking into a device to download unauthorized content

    WTF?

  • by Nerdfest (867930) on Sunday May 20, 2012 @01:03PM (#40057733)

    Don't forget telling others why they should vote the same way.

  • by bky1701 (979071) on Sunday May 20, 2012 @01:56PM (#40058051) Homepage
    "First they want to tell you what you can and cannot say. Then they want to tell you what you can and cannot do. Then they will want to tell you what you can and cannot think."

    You realize this is Apple we're talking about, right? I think they followed that list exactly in reverse;

    > Reality distortion field, army of fanboys ready to stand up for the stupidest decisions (I am still amazed at the instant turnover that was the end to the years of "PowerPC is better!" when Apple moved to iX86), heavy marketing to make you believe it is something it isn't.

    > Walled garden that goes almost totally unquestioned by users. An unfortunate tendency for Apple to offer "official" (and mangled) versions of open source libraries, making use of the real ones more difficult. Heavily locked down hardware, even on desktops, compared to non-Apple computers.

    > THEN censorship like this.

    I am not really sure what they hoped to gain, making it quite possible this specific case was just a screwup of some middle-manager. However, that does not absolve Apple of their other sins; it simply illustrates how much unwarranted power Apple wields, with no oversight, over a growing segment of the computing world. Truly frightening.
  • Re:What. (Score:5, Informative)

    by bky1701 (979071) on Sunday May 20, 2012 @01:57PM (#40058055) Homepage
    The reality distortion field works on words, too.

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