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Tech Bully: Has Apple Gone Too Far?

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Published on Dec 21, 2012

Welcome to downLOADED, the show where opinionated tech pundits gather around to discuss issues and news impacting technology and its users. This week we're joined by Dylan Tweney, Executive Editor at the Venturebeat And Redg Snodgrass Principle of GWGSD Consulting and Co-Producer of GROW


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Apple - Tech Icon or Bully?


Wired released reports that a Kickstarter developer had to drop it's project because Apple has deemed it's multi-device charging station in violation of Apple's licensing rule for Apple Lightning connection cables. "According to the developer, Apple will not allow Lightning connectors alongside other types of connectors, including its own 30-pin iPod/iPhone connector, in third-party chargers." Has the company that created the "Think Different" ad campaign gone from tech darling to another corporate bully?

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MakerBot pulls 3D Gun-Parts Designs From Website


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