The Beatles ♥ Apple, The UK’s open internet, Facebook Messages

The Beatles on Apple's iTunesThere’s nothing like the warm glow you get when multimillionaires kiss, make up, and agree to rake in yet more money.

Steve Job’s gushing announcement that The Beatles’ catalogue is now available on iTunes is certainly good news for Apple, the band and their record label EMI.

The downloading public also seem in favour of the deal and untroubled by the cynicism widely voiced in tech circles. As of yesterday the Fab Four’s songs accounted for nine of the top 100 best-sellers on iTunes in the UK, led by Let It Be at number 32.

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Context, such a tricky thing for politicians to get right. Who knew, for example, proposing a “two sided market” for the internet would be reported by the national media as the end of ‘net neutrality‘? Not UK Communications minister Ed Vaizey that’s for sure.

Three days after saying just that in a conference speech, Ed told The Telegraph his critics had got it all wrong and actually he was “absolutely as one with someone like [open web pioneer] Tim Berners-Lee”.

“My first and overriding priority is an open internet where consumers have access to all legal content,” he said, adding a less-then-concrete assurance that the government would “seek to intervene” if consumer interests were compromised.

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Facebook has decided The Kids are its future and, as they don’t use email any more, the best communication tool they can be given is one that does everything – SMS, instant messaging, Facebook messages and even old fashioned email.

Officially at least, Facebook Messages is definitely not a ‘Gmail Killer’, though the real significance of Zuckerberg’s new all-in-one inbox, and how it will work, is still up in the air.

But it’s difficult to mention Facebook and not talk about privacy. Particularly if you cast your mind back a year and a half to the barrage of criticism that ensued when Facebook introduced new terms and conditions that would have allowed it to own members’ data in perpetuity. So it’s little wonder then that a single message centre that keeps  all your communications forever, set a few alarm bells ringing.

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Found: Google’s online book, 20 Things I Learned About Browsers And The Web


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