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‘Apple is a digital vampire,’ says rock legend Pete Townshend

itunes Legendary lead guitarist for rock icons The Who, Pete Townshend, has attacked Apple’s iTunes music store accusing it of bleeding musicians like a "digital vampire"."Is there really any good reason why, just because iTunes exists in the wild west internet land of Facebook and Twitter, it can't provide some aspect of these services to the artists whose work it bleeds like a digital vampire... for its enormous commission?"The 66-year old rocker made the startling statements at the inaugural John Peel ...

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Google Street View invites you inside businesses

google-favicon-icon-andre-resende-computer-science-undergraduate-student-university-of-campinas-brazi-lower-case-g-brand-colors-blue-red-yellow-green-url-web-graphic-design-image1.jpg From the air, to the ground and now to the inside of our businesses, Google is inching ever closer to its dream of giving people a chance to view each and every part of the world. Google Maps, the free online mapping engine, is now giving small businesses the capability to let users view the inside of their establishments.The panoramic images were tested last year April as volunteers within each business, be it a fast-food chain, a gym or a ...

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News Transparency looks to hold journos accountable

A brand new website has launched with the aim of providing people with information about the journalists behind the bylines.News Transparency operates off a Wikipedia-type model and is the brainchild of Ira Stoll.Stoll is the founder of another website called FutureOfCapitalism.com and a former managing editor of the now defunct New York Sun.In a statement on the site's front page, News Transparency said that its aim is to help "you find out more about the people who ...

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Politicians, tech leaders to meet in London for cyberspace conference

Politicians and high-profile tech leaders from over 60 countries are heading to London to discuss the benefits and security risks of cyber-space.Among those attending the two-day conference are US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales and the heads of Chinese tech firms.The event has attracted around 900 delegates, although few commentators expect unity from participants who frequently disagree about the exact opportunities and challenges presented by cyber-space.The conference has a broad agenda and ...

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Sister’s touching eulogy for Steve Jobs reveals final words

steve jobs1 "OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW," the last words uttered by the iconic Steve Jobs have been revealed in an incredibly moving eulogy by his sister Mona Simpson, in the form of an op-ed published in the New York Times.In the piece, Simpson -- who is Jobs' biological sister -- tells the story of how she first met him after a lawyer contacted her with a cryptic message saying that "his client was rich and famous and was my long-lost ...

General Tech

When piracy goes mainstream

Mainstream Piracy I was quite taken aback to discover a very interesting article posted on the ABC news network's Technology Blog, called The Case For Piracy. What I found surprising about this, was that a mainstream media company had actually published an article that presents an argument defending piracy. What is also quite interesting is the sheer number of positive comments about this article. After taking some time to read through the article, I felt quite split in my opinion on the ...

Advertising & Marketing

Five tricks for making your Halloween email campaign a treat

HalloweenHalloween is here and little children will surely be marching up and down your block dressed as ghouls and vampire movie characters in just a matter of hours.The holidays always show the unique strategies that companies come up with for their promotions. Scarily enough, no one ever complains that Halloween has become commercialised to the point where its meaning has become obscured. In fact, if there ever was a holiday that is just howling to become more sales-oriented, it's Halloween.Halloween ...

Advertising & Marketing, Mobile, Social networking

Six ways to combine mobile marketing with social media

Mobile Marketing We're all spending more and more of our online lives on social networks. For many, these services have become the hub of their online activities, and mobile devices are a major tool for accessing these social networks and the campaigns we've recently seen provide examples of how major brands are using social media to market their products.Whether you own a hair salon or a restaurant, or work at a local retailer or manufacturer, you can apply these ideas to ...

Apple, News

BatteryGate? Apple déjà vu as reports of iPhone 4S battery issues increase

iphone 5 release date Following the recent release of the iPhone 4S, UK newspaper The Guardian has run a series of articles investigating severe battery drain issues discovered in the latest iteration of the smash-hit smartphone.In the first of the articles, published a mere week after the global launch of the smartphone, the Guardian questioned why it was that the iPhone 4S had dropped 100 hours of standby time compared to its predecessors -- the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 3GS.Apple, a company famed ...

Gearburn

Samsung to introduce flexible smartphones, tablets by 2012

Samsung-Flexible-OLED Flexible screens have been knocking around trade shows and gadget events for ages now. It took Samsung, one of the world’s most successful electronic developers to make it a palatable reality.Last week, Samsung said that it is aiming to have tablets and mobile phones with flexible displays by 2012. Following on the monumental success of the Galaxy S II, which has sold well over ten million phones in half a year, Samsung is now well on its way to manufacturing ...

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