Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Morning Brief: "Page 9" gets Danish newspaper's app rejected by Apple; US Homeland Security signs up Walmart stores for campaign to make Americans snitch

You knew this was going to happen at some point. Those rather racy full page photos, often found in the pages of European tabloids would try to make an appearance in the apps submitted to Apple's iTunes App Store.

The Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet has apparently had enough of Apple's App Store policies and has gone public. Under a headline that read "Comment: We do not need an American nanny" (Google translation), editor Poul Madsen has written a blistering critique of the American computer company:

Since 1976, Page 9-girl was an encouraging element of Ekstra Bladet. She is simply today's happy ray of sunshine among the major stories of murder, abuse and wasting.

The Page 9-girl is not an American or a British pinup model that peeks out from behind a pound of makeup. She is the neighbor's beautiful daughter. An innocent Danish institution on par with The Little Mermaid.

No Dane has ever gotten the strange idea that Page 9-girl would be banned. But now, narrow-minded, American tasters from computer giant Apple (have) decided that the sweet Danish girl is offensive - for the Danes in Denmark.
(Again, rough Google translation)
The comment goes on to complain that Apple is fostering a "nanny state" and that Danes should not be forced to adhere to the standards set by "a private American company".

A look at the incredibly long home page for the paper (it has to set some sort of record) will show that the editors of Ekstra Bladet are not shy when it comes to exposes a little flesh ("Page 9" feature here to spice up your morning). Did Apple think all papers were as boring as those in the Bay Area?

Shop at Walmart and you will soon start seeing the image of Janet Napolitano, Secretary at the US Department of Homeland Security, at the checkout lanes urging shoppers to report suspicious behavior to the authorities.

"If you see something suspicious, in the parking lot or in the store, say something immediately. Report suspicious activity to your local police or sheriff. If you need help, ask a Walmart manager for assistance," Napolitano says in the video.

The reaction from YouTube users in the comments section is as you would expect.