Apple backtracks on restrictive in-app subscription rules

Months after Apple’s proposed in-app subscription rules riled up developers by attempting to lock them into its App Store ecosystem, the company has relaxed its stance considerably, MacRumors reports.

Tennessee just made it illegal to share your Netflix account

Sharing the user name and password of any streaming media account is now considered against the law in Tennessee, according to a web entertainment theft bill signed into law yesterday by state Governor Bill Haslam.

Will Apple compromise on iPad subscriptions?

As Apple tries to bring magazine publishers onto its iPad subscription plan, there are signs that the company may be showing an unusual amount of flexibility with its controversial rules.

DEMO: Why Manilla is the Postal Service’s worst nightmare

Manilla is one of 53 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Spring 2011 event taking place this week in Palm Desert, Calif. After our selection, the companies pay a fee to present. Our coverage of them remains objective.

Subscriptions put Apple in antitrust spotlight again

Federal regulators are looking once more into Apple’s control over the applications available on the iPhone and iPad, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. This time it’s Apple’s subscription feature for apps (which the company unveiled yesterday) that’s attracting antitrust scrutiny.

How far can Apple push developers?

Apple revealed the details of its previously announced subscription feature for applications on the iPad and iPhone today, and there’s been a pretty loud backlash.