Publishers Upset Over Apple’s Opt-Out Terms for Inclusion in iOS 9 News App

Apple News IconApple recently sent a mass email to news publishers to introduce them to Apple News, an upcoming Flipboard-inspired app for iOS 9 that will deliver curated news and magazine stories with custom layouts, photo galleries, videos and animations optimized for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

The email has ignited some controversy in the news and blogging community over the past week, according to the BBC, which reports that some writers are disappointed about Apple’s decision to automatically include a website’s RSS feeds in Apple News unless they specifically opt out by replying to the email.

“Let me get this straight, Apple: you send me an e-mail outlining the terms under which you will redistribute my content, and you will just assume that I agree to your terms unless I opt out?” wrote Plausible Labs programmer Mike Ash on his personal blog. “This makes typical clickwrap EULA nonsense look downright reasonable by comparison. You’re going to consider me bound to terms you just declared to me in an e-mail as long as I don’t respond? That’s completely crazy. You don’t even know if I received the e-mail!”

Some bloggers argue that not all publishers are guaranteed to see the email, which could easily be overlooked or buried in a spam inbox, leading to their content being featured on Apple News without their knowledge or explicit consent. Apple also has permission to place advertising next to or near a publisher’s content without providing any compensation, and will pass on any legal fees to publishers.

  • You agree to let us use, display, store, and reproduce the content in your RSS feeds including placing advertising next to or near your content without compensation to you. Don’t worry, we will not put advertising inside your content without your permission.
  • You confirm that you have all necessary rights to publish your RSS content, and allow Apple to use it for News as we set forth here. You will be responsible for any payments that might be due to any contributors or other third parties for the creation and use of your RSS content.
  • If we receive a legal claim about your RSS content, we will tell you so that you can resolve the issue, including indemnifying Apple if Apple is included in the claim.
  • You can remove your RSS feed whenever you want by opting out or changing your settings in News Publisher.

  • Apple News is highlighted as one of the main features on the iOS 9 preview page, so it is no surprise that Apple is attempting to have as much content available on the platform at launch as possible. It is clear, however, that many publishers would have appreciated the terms of Apple News being set on an opt-in rather than opt-out basis. Apple so far has not commented on those concerns.

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    On the Charts: Muse, Rolling Stones Continue British Reign

    More than two decades after they formed, British prog-rockers Muse have finally scored their first Number One album on the U.S. charts as their new LP Drones debuted atop the Billboard 200. Muse’s seventh studio album moved 84,000 total albums in its first week of release, a drop from the 101,000 copies the band’s The 2nd Law sold in its first week in 2012 on its way to Number Two, Billboard reports.

    Muse’s Number One landing comes a week after fellow Brits Florence and the Machine occupied the top spot. As Billboard notes, this is the first time in 30 years that two different British rock bands finished at Number One in consecutive weeks. The last time this happened: 1985, when Tears for Fears’ Songs From the Big Chair was unseated from atop the album charts by Dire Straits’ Brothers in Arms.

    Muse and Florence and the Machine weren’t the only British rockers making moves in the top 10: The Rolling Stones’ 1971 classic Sticky Fingers found itself at Number Five thanks to the album’s stocked reissue. The Sticky Fingers rerelease moved 36,000 total albums, giving the LP its best chart position since the original Sticky Fingers slotted in the Number Five spot on Aug. 14, 1971.

    Florence and the Machine’s How Big, How Beautiful, How Blue fell to Number Four in its second week, shedding 73 percent of its debut week sales to finish its second week with 37,000 copies sold. Taylor Swift’s 1989 held strong at Number Two thanks to the continued sales of her “Bad Blood” remix, while Of Monsters and Men’s Beneath the Skin wrapped up the Number Three spot with 61,000 copies, the Icelandic group’s best debut yet on the Billboard 200.

    No other debuts managed to infiltrate the upper reaches of the charts as Ed Sheeran’s X, Sam Hunt’s Montevallo, A$AP Rocky’s At.Long.Last.A$AP, Maroon 5’s V and Meghan Trainor’s Title fleshed out the rest of the Top 10.

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    Mini teases new Clubman

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    Lonynell Coleman — a Cleveland Cavaliers fan who got a tattoo declaring his team the “2015 NBA Champs” before last night’s game — doesn’t regret his ink even though the Cavs lost to the Golden State Warriors 105-97. All images and written content is property of the listed RSS FEED if you would like more on this story and images please click the listed feed.

    Gerry Weber Open 2015: Wednesday Tennis Scores, Results and Latest Draw Schedule

    Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych both booked their places in the quarter-finals at the Gerry Weber Open, winning in straight sets in Round 2 after tough opening matches.

    Elsewhere at the Halle venue, Florian Mayer and Ivo Karlovic also sampled victory in the second round, completing the top half of the final eight players left in this prestigious event.

    Second seed Kei Nishikori and Frenchman Gael Monfils will be the star attractions on Thursday as these illustrious players continue their preparations for Wimbledon.

    Here’s a recap of the results from Germany and a look back at how the action played out:

    For full scores visit the ATP World Tour website.


    Federer Rediscovers Swagger, Plays Mayer Next

    After needing two tiebreaks and three sets to come through a punishing Round 1 clash with Philipp Kohlschreiber, Roger Federer was back at a higher level in his second game in Halle.

    The Swiss icon coasted past Ernests Gulbis 6-3, 7-5 in Wednesday’s final match, and after his early scare, Federer looked a lot more like the man who has won this tournament seven times in his distinguished career.

    As we can see here, courtesy of TennisTV, it was a rounded performance from Federer against an awkward opponent:

    The Latvian looked as though he was going to be blown away early in this one, as his legendary opponent quickly settled into a groove. Federer made just four unforced errors in an immaculate opening stanza, taking it 6-3.

    But Gulbis deserves credit for the manner in which he dug in during the second set. He was much more clinical on his own serve and pushed Federer close in a lot of games. The Latvian seemed to have earned himself the chance of a valuable tiebreak, but as noted by TennisNow, he let the Swiss break in the most infuriating way possible:

    At 6-5 in the second, Federer was clinical in serving out the set and earned himself a quarter-final tie against Florian Mayer; the Germany shined in a 6-3, 7-6(4) win over unseeded American Steve Johnson.

    Berdych Coasts Into Quarter-Final Clash With Karlovic

    Although the imposing Czech was eventually a comfortable winner over Victor Estrella Burgos in Round 1, it did take Berdych a while to get going. As such, many expected the effervescent young Croatian Borna Coric to pose the 2007 champion with a major test. But Berdych was far too good in this one, with the 6-3, 6-2 scoreline reflective of his dominance.

    The Czech’s serve was superb, preventing Coric from conjuring a single break point in the entire match. Encouragingly for the third seed, he was ruthless, as the youngster struggled for rhythm in his own game, taking three of the six break points he created.

    As Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times noted, it was an impressive performance from Berdych given the burgeoning reputation of his opponent:

    Karlovic will pose an entirely different challenge for the 2010 Wimbledon runner-up in the quarters. The veteran Croatian eventually had too much power for German teenager Alexander Zverev, edging a three-set thriller 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-3.

    It was a victory that clearly meant a lot to him as well, as we can see here, courtesy of Sky Sports Tennis:

    He may be 36 years old, but Karlovic’s thunderous serving will pose a massive challenge to the sharp returning Berdych has showcased at this tournament so far. Given the quality of both men with ball in hand and how tough they are to break, this quarter-final could be a drawn-out contest.


    Statistics courtesy of the ATP World Tour website.  

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