Apple blocks Japanese porn king Eugene’s road to riches

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Apple blocks Japanese porn king Eugene's road to riches

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Last month we posted an entertaining five-minute talk by ex-Microsoft employee-turned-iPhone App developer Eugene Lin and his unexpected rise to Japanese porn industry stardom with his suite of Peekaboo applications. His rib-tickling account outlined his entrepreneurial ambition to become a millionaire, 70 US cents at a time.

That ambition has been thwarted by Apple’s recent clean sweep of the App Store, which booted out 5,000 apps deemed to contain overtly sexual content — apparently in response to user complaints — including the entire Peekaboo suite.

Apple’s draconian approach may not come as much of a surprise, however, considering the company’s rapidly growing record of restriction and meticulous monitoring of submissions to the iPhone application store. Think Google Talk and Adobe Flash. Yet, strangely, far more objectionable apps have secured approval from Apple (albeit briefly). The mind boggles.

It’s likely that a proportion of rejected apps, such as Lin’s playful efforts, will find a home elsewhere, possibly underground. This, of course, will encourage more jail-broken phones and blackmarket trade in apps Apple has chosen to exclude. And it leaves the door ajar for Google or another more open company to develop a platform to rival the all-powerful iPhone machine.

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2 comments
Salope
Salope

Eugene Lin really had a big break when he deals to pornography. He really knows how much money he can earn in that stuffs but due to the policy of Apple of protecting its image from some malicious stuffs to be included in their apps. They do the immediate action.

MiKandi Team
MiKandi Team

Hi Scott, Yes, exactly right. After Apple pulled the 5000+ "adult apps", MiKandi, the World's First App Store for Adults, has been receiving a ton of emails from frustrated developers who have been cut off from their primary source of income. The problem is that their apps were originally approved for sale, so developers naturally invested more into their apps to only have them rejected soon after with little warning. Thankfully, Google's Android platform allows services like MiKandi to offer a more open, uncensored approach. If interested, we wrote about this on our blog at: http://www.blog.mikandi.com/2010/02/apple-says-no-to-sexy-our-official-pov/