The Weight of Thought

BRUCE Willis is preparing to take Apple to court over who owns his huge digital music collection after he dies.

The Die Hard actor, 57, wants to leave the haul to his daughters Rumer, Scout and Tallulah.

But under iTunes’ current terms and conditions, customers essentially only ‘borrow’ tracks rather than owning them outright.

So any music library amassed like that would be worthless when the owner dies.

Willis has asked advisers to set up a trust that holds his downloads, which reportedly include classics from the Beatles to Led Zeppelin, to get around this rule.

Wozniak: Web crackdown coming, freedom failing

Steve Jobs was undoubtedly a big force behind Apple’s decision to sue Samsung for patent infringement. He famously said he wanted to destroy Google and its manufacturing partners (including Samsung) for ripping off Apple’s products by fighting them in the courtroom.

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However, Jobs would probably be cringing right now if he had to watch Apple’s internal discussions about early prototypes for the iPhone and iPad dredged up for the world to see. These revelations take away one of the key things Jobs worked for at Apple: the mystery and magic of Apple’s design process.

In Walter Isaacson’s biography of Jobs, the former CEO describes Apple’s design process as an endless series of refinements that eventually take a product from good to great to magical. To illustrate this point, he uses the example of The Beatles’ song “Strawberry Fields Forever,” which evolved over the course of several demos to the song we know today:

A file compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on the late industrialist Steve Jobs released on Thuesday reveals that some close to him noticed a change after he took up eastern religion, while others cited past drug use, and a tendency to be ruthless in pursuit of his goals.

In one excerpt from the file, which was available online, a nameless person even refused to comment on the former Apple CEO due to lingering questions about his ethics. Another explained that he was mostly honest and straightforward, unless he wasn’t getting what he wanted.

Another cites him as using marijuana and LSD in the 1960s and 70s, but there was no report of anyone observing him using drugs later in his professional life. He didn’t abuse alcohol much either: the report states that he would only drink wine occasionally.

The revelation about Jobs’ LSD use is not surprising. He once told a reporter that taking LSD was one of “the most important things” he’d done in his youth, and that the visions he experienced helped bring about the design of the original Macintosh computer.

Voline writes"In a tweet early this morning, cybersecurity researcher Christopher Soghoian pointed to an internal memo of India’s Military Intelligence that has been liberated by hackers and posted on the Net. The memo suggests that, “in exchange for the Indian market presence” mobile device manufacturers, including RIM, Nokia, and Apple (collectively defined in the document as “RINOA”) have agreed to provide backdoor access on their devices. The Indian government then “utilized backdoors provided by RINOA” to intercept internal emails of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a U.S. government body with a mandate to monitor, investigate and report to Congress on ‘the national security implications of the bilateral trade and economic relationship’ between the U.S. and China. Manan Kakkar, an Indian blogger for ZDNet, has alsopicked up the story and writes that it may be the fruits of an earlier hack of Symantec. If Apple is providing governments with a backdoor to iOS, can we assume that they have also done so with Mac OS X?”