§ Speaking of Apple, they’ve been cracking down on some of the more sexually provocative iPhone apps, most of which have a kind of mid-century naughtiness centering on the possibility of seeing a lady’s bosoms as opposed to anything explicit:
Apple may have just made a major change to the App Store that could render many developers’ applications worthless. We’ve just heard from Jon Atherton, the developer behind Wobble iBoobs, who says that he just received an Email from Apple indicating that his application was being removed from the App Store because of a new policy change: Apple has apparently decided “to remove any overtly sexual content from the App Store.”
We asked around a bit, and this doesn’t seem to have had any effect on comics being sold on iPhones — yet. While comics sold directly on the iPhone — as IDW does with their various stores for GI Joe and Transformers — may be subject to more scrutiny, Apple seems to be more forgiving about material sold through apps such as Panelfly and Comixology.
That doesn’t mean Apple isn’t still very very strict about what is being sold, however. We hear a few comics have been taken down for non-smut related reasons — for instance, Bluewater’s political bios aren’t sold on iPhones, despite being little more than repackaged speeches in some cases. (And yet you can download, say the G. Gordon Liddy show on podcast. Hello, weird standards…)
§ Remember Wowio, the ad-supported downloadable content company? After its purchase by Platinum, there were some hiccups, and now Platinum President Brian Altounian has purchased the company with an eye to possibly going public. Sean Kleefeld has an interview with Altounian on the move.
Altounian started, “First of all, when I talk of going public, I am not talking in the traditional sense of an IPO like the average public understands.” Rather, he’s got a small group of individual investors providing backing. This will actually be a second round of financing since he bought the company in July of last year. The first round — which he didn’t elaborate on, but sounded to me more like some type of loan process — raised $1,000,000 with which “every publisher was paid entirely and I even added an interest payment on top of it as a good-faith gesture to apologize for the delays in payment.” He also used some of those funds to bring back much of the original technology team out of Houston. To my understanding, Wowio is now debt-free.
BTW, although Altounian’s Linked-in page still lists him as being president of Platinum, he doesn’t mention it much in his current activities. Huh.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.