Apple has pulled a popular RSS reader iPad app called Pulse from the iTunes App Store at the request of the New York Times.

Wired reports the well-reviewed app Pulse was removed on Monday at the request of New York Times lawyers claiming: "The Pulse News Reader app makes commercial use of the NYTimes.com and Boston.com RSS feeds, in violation of their Terms of Use*. Thus, the use of our content is unlicensed. The app also frames the NYTimes.com and Boston.com websites in violation of their respective Terms of Use."

Wired notes those terms are as follows: "NYTimes.com Terms of Service, paragraph 2.2: “The Service and its Contents are protected by copyright pursuant to U.S. and international copyright laws. You may not modify, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer or sale of, reproduce (except as provided in Section 2.3 of these Terms of Service), create new works from, distribute, perform, display, or in any way exploit, any of the Content or the Service (including software) in whole or in part."

Pulse for iPad

At $3.99, Pulse is billed as a clean and visual news reader for the iPad, which takes in up to 20 news sources that users follow, and creates a visual mosaic from the results. As Wired points out, like many other RSS readers, Pulse collects numerous RSS feeds that are freely available  across the web, so it seems odd for the app to be signalled out for removal. Ironically, the New York Times is quoted in the rave reviews for Pulse on iTunes: "The iPad Pulse Reader Scales the Charts" - New York Times. Pulse developers, Akshay Kothari and Ankit Gupta, intend to remove access to the New York Times feed and resubmit the app for approval.