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Apple has a beef with the site's use of page-scrape tools for data on Apple's official online store

A website that takes inventory of Apple products in nearby stores has been shut down by the Cupertino giant itself.

Apple-Tracker, which was developed and maintained by Mordy Tikotzky, was a site that compiled data on in-store pickup purchases only from Apple's official online store. So if you were shopping for an iPad Air and wanted a specific model, you could've used Apple-Tracker to see which stores nearby had the item in stock. 

However, Apple sent Tikotzky a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notice last month claiming that the site uses page-scrape tools to "access, acquire, copy or monitor" data from Apple's website.

The DMCA notice was sent October 17 by the law firm Kilpatrick, Townsend and Stockton LLP.


Apple-Tracker.com

Hence, Tikotzky has decided to let the site go. 

"I've deciced to turn off the site," Tikotzky posted on Apple-Tracker. "I'm not doing this because I want to, but rather because I received a DMCA takedown notice from Apple.
I'm not really interested in picking a fight with apple so..... I guess it time to just say good bye. Before I go though I just wanted to says thanks to all of you for the nice comments and emails that you've sent in the last few weeks. It was fun while it lasted."

Apple-Tracker most recently provided inventory info on products like the iPhone 5S, iPad Air and was even gearing up for the iPad mini with Retina display. 

Source: Apple Tracker





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