The Digest: Prince quits the internet… and 5 other things people are talking about today

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Prince deletes Twitter and Facebook accounts | Billboard

“Musical genius and admitted Luddite Prince ended his awkward, year-long dalliance with social media on Tuesday. Yes, the Twitter handle for Prince/3rdEyeGirl (his backing band) and his Facebook page are now missing from the internet, gone like a purple motorcycle disappearing into the deep Minneapolis night.”

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Apple becomes first company worth $700bn | The Guardian

“Apple set a record by becoming the first company to be valued at $700bn (£446bn). The iPhone maker was already the world’s most valuable business, but in early trading its shares rose nearly 1% to $119.75, giving it a market capitalisation of $701.7bn. This is higher than the GDP of all but the top 19 countries in the world.”

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Kim Dotcom says he’s broke and facing jail | Bangkok Post

“Internet mogul Kim Dotcom, accused of pocketing more than US$175 million from pirated copies of movies and other material, claimed Wednesday he was broke and facing jail in New Zealand. In a live video link from his New Zealand mansion to the UnBound Digital conference in England, the German-born entrepreneur said he had no money left to defend himself at a bail hearing in Auckland on Thursday.”

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Police arrest suspected film pirates | BBC News

“Anti-piracy police have arrested two men on suspicion of leaking action film The Expendables 3 before its release date. Copies of the film began circulating online from 25 July. The official US release date was not until 15 August.”

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Regin: US and UK intelligence services could be responsible for snooping spyware  | The Independent

“A powerful and malicious piece of computer software that was found to have been spying on governments and companies from around the world has been linked to US and UK intelligence agencies. The software had been spying on victims from at least 14 countries around the world. But there were no victims from any of the ‘five eyes’ countries — Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US — and experts have speculated that the software could have been created by intelligence agencies within one or more of those countries.”

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ASA warns YouTubers to flag promotional videos | Eurogamer

“The Advertising Standards Authority has warned YouTubers to flag promotional videos. The issue was brought to the attention of the ASA when it received a complaint about a number of videos on Oreo biscuits. The complainant, a BBC journalist, challenged whether the ads were obviously identifiable as marketing communications.”

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Stuart O’Connor