apply watchingDidja hear the news? Apple apparently has a way to keep tabs on your iPhone to watch for “unauthorized” applications — then remotely remove them, before you even know what happened.

The hidden feature’s quickly been dubbed a blacklisting system of sorts. The theory is that iPhones running the new 2.x OS actually “phone home” to Apple from time to time so the company can check in and — if it so chooses — disable apps it doesn’t want you to have.

“That sounds like a fantastic idea,” the ghost of Joseph Stalin was heard observing. “Why didn’t we think of this sooner?”

The guy who found the feature told CNET News “the only type of applications this could effectively kill off are applications that are annoying to Apple, but not malicious.” That, he says, “certainly calls for a lot more concern.”

When asked for a comment, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said: “What the hell are you talking about? I’m not Steve Jobs, you jackass.”

Oh, crap. That was the guy at the deli. Well, he looked kind of like Steve Jobs. He had a beard, anyway. And he had no comment.

Now if we could just figure out how to get rid of that damned Stalin ghost…

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