Apple's iPhone Developer Kit Agreement Published

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original article by Thomas Claburn available at Information week here.

The restrictive terms of the old iPhone SDK Agreement effectively prevented iPhone developers from discussing their coding work with anyone other than project team members.

The controversial iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK) Agreement that Apple last week discontinued has been posted to Wikileaks, where it is available for download.

NOTE: Wikileaks provides anonymously leaked corporate and political documents online.

The iPhone SDK Agreement states that it is for internal use only and not for redistribution.
The summary information that accompanies the iPhone SDK file states that the agreement has never before been publicly released.
“This file is important because Apple is being extremely secretive about the iPhone developer program,” the Wikileaks summary page says. “The agreement contains several controversial terms and claims that need to be discussed in an open forum. This is however explicitly forbidden by the agreement.”

The SDK Agreement was posted to Wikileaks on October 24th, the day that Apple issued a new iPhone developer agreement. Earlier in that week, the T-Mobile G1 mobile phone was released. The G1, built atop Google (NSDQ: GOOG)’s Android mobile platform, is widely seen as an iPhone competitor.

Please see other stories about the G1 phone and Android

Apple did not respond to several requests for comment.

The restrictive terms of the old iPhone SDK Agreement effectively prevented iPhone developers from discussing their coding work with anyone other than project team members. Many iPhone developers complained about Apple’s restrictions. Some reportedly took to paying friends a token sum so they could be legally classified as project contractors and thereby discuss iPhone development with them.

WordPress went so far as to release the source code for its iPhone blog-posting application, a violation of the SDK Agreement. Apple, however, has not pursued any legal action.

Apple’s SDK Agreement also prohibited developers from talking about its restrictions. “You may not issue any press releases or make any other public statements regarding this Agreement, its terms and conditions, or the relationship of the parties without Apple’s express prior written approval, which may be withheld at Apple’s discretion,” the posted SDK says.

In announcing its plan to release a new iPhone developer agreement, Apple acknowledged that its non-disclosure terms created too much of a burden for developers and relaxed them for released iPhone software.

The new agreement continues to regard as confidential: Apple pre-release software, related documentation, information presented at Apple Events, and paid developer content.

Blackberry Storm

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Obviously, the big headline Tuesday was the official unveiling of the T-Mobile G1, but turns out my own wireless carrier, Verizon Wireless, has a little something up their sleeve. Here are some details about the smartphone.

First, the BlackBerry Storm will feature a 3.25-inch, 480×360 touch screen, which is better than the BlackBerry Bold’s and it will offer tactile feedback and auto rotation. For text entry, you will have the option of a virtual full QWERTY keyboard in landscape mode and a SureType keyboard in portrait mode.

The handset will also be one of the most connected phones with CDMA/EV-DO Rev. A, quad-band GSM/EDGE, and 2100MHz HSPA support. Standalone and assisted GPS is reported to be onboard. There will be 1GB of internal memory with a microSD expansion slot; reportedly, a 8GB microSD card will come in the box.

The Storm will also include full HTML browsing with support for attachment downloads and video streaming; a 3.2-megapixel camera with video recording, auto-focus, flash, and zoom; built-in instant messaging clients (Yahoo, Windows Live, Google, and AOL; visual voicemail; and support for V Cast and VZ Navigator

If this delivers, it may be just what I was looking for; all the enterprise compatibility of the Blackberry line to handle my business needs, along with the excitement, fun and sexiness of the touch UI.

5 Days Until Android Premiere

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The much-hyped (ripe for disappointment) Android operating system from Google is set to release on a new T-Mobile phone developed by HTC on September 23rd. The overwhelming popularity of the iPhone and the 3rd party applications from their iTunes App Store has led Google to follow a similar path in allowing developers to create mobile applications that they will offer through a similar Android Market.
Google specifically decided to call it a ‘Market’ as opposed to a store, since they will not be restricting developers in their content, nor will they take the 30% cut that Apple takes for all the applications offered on their App Store site.
Announcement on Information Week