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Apple rejects Drones+, app to track U.S. drone strikes

White Apple Inc. iPhone 4 mobile devices, on sale for the first time today, are arranged for a photograph in New York, U.S., on Thursday, April 28, 2011. (Chris Goodney/BLOOMBERG)

Apple confirmed Thursday that it has rejected Drones+ from its App Store. The app is designed to alert users whenever someone has been killed in a U.S. drone strike.

Wired’s Danger Room reported that the app, developed by New York-based developer Josh Begley, has been turned down three times.

Begley told Wired that he doesn’t understand why the app should be rejected, saying that it’s simply aggregates news that’s already posted elsewhere.

When asked for comment, Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said the app was turned down because it runs afoul of an App Store guideline against apps that have “objectionable content.”

While the app is focused on a narrow subset of news that could be found elsewhere, Begley said that he wanted to use the program to raise awareness about U.S. drone activity. He told Wired that he’s “back to the drawing board” on his idea, though he’s considering trying the app on the Android Market.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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