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Still, without any actual quotes from Willis or his agents, lawyers, etc, nobody would follow this up and just write a story, would they? Without any sources?The Guardian’s Charles Arthur • Getting a little snarky about a story which floated around the ether yesterday, in which it was claimed that Bruce Willis had planned on suing Apple for the right to leave his music in his inheritance for his children. One problem: The original cited story has little to go on, and was later confirmed by his wife Emma Heming-Willis to be false — but not until after a number of media outlets picked it up. It gets worse — Arthur infers that the writer of the original story might have read a story regarding “Estates and Wills” and mistook “Wills” for “Willis.” (Which, if the case, is downright embarrassing.) Good rumors die hard.
» The first popular MP3 player: How did Winamp, which once boasted 60 million users, lose its lead? Simply put, AOL didn’t know what the heck to do with it after it bought it. Nullsoft, which AOL bought for $80-$100 million 1999, struggled to find its niche within the culture of AOL. AOL didn’t make it easy: They lumped them in with Spinner, another music product it bought at the same time, and kept bundling its apps (which its tech-savvy users, by the way, didn’t want) with the product. The company also had multiple run-ins with the app’s creator, Justin Frankel, who built multiple file-sharing networks while an employee of AOL, to the company’s bemusement. The result? Winamp was eventually left to die on the vine — until a couple years ago, when AOL realized it was sitting on a cash cow and started building it out again. It’s no iTunes, but it’s huge outside the U.S. And it just turned 15 years old. Happy anniversary, little MP3 player that could.
Hackers got a hold of about 3,000 emails from account shared between Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad and his wife. One conversation chronicles the ruthless leader’s iTunes purchases, and let’s just say it’s an interesting mix. Without further ado, here’s a selection of songs purchased be the al-Assads. (Spotify playlist!) [h/t The Atlantic]
Blake Shelton - “God Gave Me You”
Right Said Fred - “Don’t Talk Just Kiss”
New Order - “Bizarre Love Triangle”
The Cover Girls - “We Can’t Go Wrong”
Leona Lewis - “Hurt”
Chris Brown - “Look at Me Now ft. Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes”
LMFAO - “Sexy and I Know It”
Right Said Fred and “Sexy and I Know It”: The songs a dictator gets down to. That said, “Bizarre Love Triangle” seems like a somewhat fitting description of Assad’s rule.
You wouldn’t buy a car from a salesman who speaks in double-talk and hands you an unreadable contract. So why do we accept it from software companies?Gregg Bernstein, the graduate student who transformed Apple’s confusing, 4,137-word iTunes TOS into a user-friendly masterpiece. See for yourself. (via thedailyfeed)