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VLC Media Player in Danger of Being Pulled from App Store

Maybe you heard about it over the weekend, but VLC, the open source multimedia player application, is in serious danger of being pulled from the App Store because of a formal copyright complaint.

The official statement is as follows:

“Today, a formal notification of copyright infringement was sent to Apple Inc. regarding distribution of the VLC media player for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. VLC media player is free software licensed solely under the terms of the open source GNU General Public License (a.k.a. GPL). Those terms are contradicted by the products usage rules of the AppStore through which Apple delivers applications to users of its mobile devices.”

The app is still in the store at the moment, but it might not be there for long. Go and get it! [iTunes link]

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Apple Posts September 1 Media Event Video

September 1 media event
(Image courtesy of MacRumors)

Feeling a bit of a techno hangover this morning after waiting up last night for iTunes 10 to finally rear its head? Maybe you’re ready to relive the day’s fun all over again? Apple has you covered, as the full stream from Wednesday’s media event is now online.

MacRumors is reporting that Apple has posted the full stream from the Wednesday, September 1 media event which brought a shotgun blast of new products in rapid-fire succession, ranging from iOS updates to new iPods to a tiny new Apple TV.

Yesterday’s live stream of the media event at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco was limited to Mac OS X 10.6 and iOS users exclusively, but Apple is now providing the stream in multiple formats that can be viewed by most any Mac or Windows computer, and a podcast of the event is also available for download via iTunes (you’re rocking iTunes 10 already, right?).

One thing we’ll say for Wednesday’s media event: It sure wasn’t a long, boring drawn-out shindig! Steve Jobs kept the new stuff coming fast and furious and squeezed an awful lot of goodness into 90 minutes of showtime. While we have iTunes 10 to tide us over, the wait now begins for all the new products to trickle out to stores — iOS 4.1 and new iPods next week, the new Apple TV in four weeks and last but not least, iOS 4.2 in November, which promises feature parity at last with the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Sing it with us now: “The waiting is the hardest part…”

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