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NY Times app pulled by Apple in China after government request

NY Times app pulled by Apple in China after government request

Also, the tech giant removed its iTunes Movies and iBooks stores a year ago April, to comply with the request made by the Chinese authorities.

The apps, which the newspaper said were removed on 23 December, are the latest western services to fall foul of Chinese authorities, which had earlier blocked Apple's own iBooks and iTunes Movies stores, which had been blocked since April. However, if you think these numbers are huge in contrast to the time period, Apple notes that January 1st of this year was the busiest day for the App Store.

"Meanwhile, an Apple spokesman stated that they were informed that the app was in violation of local regulations" but was not told exactly what the violations were.

The top-grossing apps for 2016 include Monster Strike, Fantasy Westward, Clash Royale, and - of course - Pokemon GO. Netflix, HBO Now, Line, Tinder were among the most popular subscription-based apps of the year.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu , center, arrives for a weekly cabinet meeting, in Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. However, every president since then has prevented it, often citing "national security concerns".

The winter holidays proved to be another season of milestones for Apple's App Store. The app turned out to be a cultural phenomenon around the world, breaking App Store and Google Play Store records left and right after release. There are now 2.2 million apps available in the App Store.

Apple's App Store had its biggest month of sales in the history of the store in December 2016, according to Phil Schiller, the company's senior vice president of worldwide marketing. App makers were paid out $20 billion in 2016, which is 40 percent more than last year's payment.

Apple previously has removed other media apps that were less prominent from its store in China.

In a statement to Vocativ, the Times' spokeswoman Eileen Murphy called Apple's decision to pull its app "deeply regrettable". Since 2008, app makers have received $60 billion from Apple, which means that they received a third of it only thanks to 2016. Prisma, Reigns, Procreate, Lumino City, Sweat With Kayla and djay Pro from some of Apple's independent developers, were among the most successful apps for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Apple Watch and Mac, respectively. Henceforth, it was also the most downloaded app on the App Store on New Year's Day and Christmas.


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