theodp writes: 'The bullies seem like the powerful people, but the secret of the real world is they're at the peak of their power at 15 and 16,' said an Apple employee in the company's 'It Gets Better' video. Unfortunately for four-year old Maya, the real world 'bullies' she faces include Apple, the world's most valuable company. TIME reports that Maya's speech-enabling 'Speak for Yourself' app was yanked from the App Store by Apple due to an unresolved patent dispute at the behest of Prentke Romich Company (PRC) and Semantic Compaction Systems (SCS), makers of designated communication devices (not iPad apps). 'My daughter cannot speak without this app,' writes Maya's Mom Dana. 'She cannot ask us questions. She cannot tell us that she's tired, or that she wants yogurt for lunch. She cannot tell her daddy that she loves him.' If you're so inclined, Dana suggests you drop a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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