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Apple has made changes to revised app store guidelines that threatened to block a wide range of small business apps created with templates, DIY tools, and SMB app platforms.
The guidelines were originally revised earlier this year to ensure a minimum standard of quality and uniqueness for apps accepted to the App Store, and to make sure that they are not simply "wrapped" websites or social media pages. The revisions were also intended to limit spam in the App Store. A number of developers and app-creation companies catering to SMBs and non-profit organizations that had thought they would be unaffected by the changes, however, were recently informed that their apps would be banned as of January 1.
App store review guideline 4.2.6 previously said: "Apps created from a commercialized template or app generation service will be rejected."
The rule has now been amended to read: "Apps created from a commercialized template or app generation service will be rejected unless they are submitted directly by the provider of the app's content. These services should not submit apps on behalf of their clients and should offer tools that let their clients create customized, innovative apps that provide unique customer experiences. Another acceptable option for template providers is to create a single binary to host all client content in an aggregated or "picker" model, for example as a restaurant finder app with separate customized entries or pages for each client restaurant,
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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence sent letters to DreamHost and Shopify over the weekend, asking the hosting service providers to disable the GhostGunner.net and GhostGuns.com websites. The request comes in the wake of news that the mass murder in Tehama County, Calif., was carried out by an individual prohibited from owning guns with weapons he made from parts ordered online.
Giffords Law Center argues that because the guns sold on the two sites are illegal in some states, the businesses aid and abet violations of state laws by their customers, and therefore they can be shut them down for violating the service providers' Acceptable Use Policies and Terms of Service.
Weapons made without serial numbers — which are generally required by U.S. federal law — are known as "ghost guns," according to the announcement. Kits and parts sold by the websites can be assembled into semi-automatic handguns and assault weapons using 3-D printing and milling technology in a home workshop.
"The recent mass shooting in Northern California underscored how dangerous it is when people legally prohibited from owning guns can go online and buy do-it-yourself assault weapon kits from unaccountable companies with no background checks, and no questions asked," Adam Skaggs, Chief Counsel at Giffords Law Center said in a statement. "But companies like Ghost Gunner and Ghost Guns are profiting from doing just that. The Internet Service Providers hosting their
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