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iPhone ad-blocking application pulled

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Apple need a refund policy, which this kind of developer.

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So a guy spends a lot of his time making an ad blocking app and doesn't think about the ramifications until after it becomes popular? Then he has his finding jesus moment and pulls the app? How full was his "donation" basket?

It's good to know that the more insidious advertisers become, the more likely others with stronger spines will provide us tools to thwart them.

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A study last month found that software that blocks online ads is expected to cost websites some $21.8 billion globally in 2015

I take issue with this. It may result in that much revenue that will not come in as a result of this software, but it won't cost the websites anything. They are not out of pocket for paying this money, it's just money that will not come in. It hasn't actually cost them anything.

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I always use ad blocking software because I hate having to see or watch ads for products I won't but, and because of the fact that wireless carriers no longer offer genuine unlimited internet access, and ads are use up an ever larger amount of bandwidth.

Looks like Marco got a big payday, and it was probably not from the sales of his app. He was probably made an offer he couldn't refuse, and then pulled the app.

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I use pop-up and script blockers to save on battery life. The ads on this site still display, but they are static and don't bother me.

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How to get a refund for iTunes or App Store purchases:

http://www.imore.com/how-to-get-refund-itunes-app-store

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So, how much was HE paid to pull the ad? Or was he threatened with his life? Don't laugh. Others have literally been killed for their discoveries / creations because others would've suffered.

“Ad blockers come with an important asterisk: while they do benefit a ton of people in major ways, they also hurt some, including many who don’t deserve the hit.” doesn't sound like words a businessman like him would say. Besides, doesn't Apple screen these ads before letting them out? So now a ton of people suffer when some won't get hit. Hm!

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why cant people choose what they what to see or not! ah no but this is Apple they control what you can and cannot do on there phones and youll pay a premium price for this extortion at the same time.

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this is Apple they control what you can and cannot do on there phones and youll pay a premium price for this extortion at the same time.

Apple approved the app, the developer pulled it. How exactly is that Apple's fault?

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I agree with sangetsu03. I think someone made him an offer he couldn't refuse and took the app out of the store. I very much doubt he was unaware of the damage his app had against websites.

I too use add blockers on my browsers but I turn it on and off depending on the website. The ones that pop windows everywhere I have them on the black (block?) list.

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He has certainly been pushed to retire it. Because if it had so much success, it means that contrary to what the article says - and what actually happens - people find adds annoying...!

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Ads and permissions. I really don't get it. Paying for an app is easy as pie. I have no credit cards. I just go buy a gift card and punch in the numbers. Happy to pay a few bucks for a good app, I just need some proof its a good app. And guess what? Those crumby ads don't add up to proof. And those demands for permissions just make me search for different apps. My identity? My GPS location? My W-Fi- connnection information? Heck no! Just show you me got a good app and I will give you my money!

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Actually, you don't need as much ad-blocking software running under iOS because given you can't run Adobe Flash or Oracle Java under iOS, that means most of those intrusive ads can't run even if there is no ad-blocking turned on. I have an iPad Air running iOS 9.0 and without those Flash-based ads running, the web page in Safari loads surprisingly fast.

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"He was probably made an offer he couldn't refuse, and then pulled the app."

Truth!

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Now make ad blocking for FlipBoard, please.

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Now a days, I forever use Ad-Blocker, as a result of I actually have spent heap more cash on clicking on them....... They value for nothing.

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“Ad blockers come with an important asterisk: while they do benefit a ton of people in major ways, they also hurt some, including many who don’t deserve the hit.”

Boo hoo, you didn't see my ad for genital cream. What will I do now?! Sell on another 5,470 million devices? The horror, the horror.

Marco Arment made a good buck and a golden handshake. Big whoop.

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