The Digest: Net is ‘less free and more unequal’… and 4 other things people are talking about today

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Berners-Lee troubled by ‘growing inequality’ on web | PC Mag

“Sir Tim Berners-Lee believes access to the internet is a basic human right. The World Wide Web creator and founder of the Web Foundation, Berners-Lee suggested that, in an increasingly unequal world, the internet has the power to be a great equaliser. But only ‘if we hardwire the rights to privacy, freedom of expression, affordable access, and net neutrality into the rules of the game’, he said.”

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Video games need same ‘cultural’ status as TV and film | BBC News

“Video games should be officially classified as cultural products equal to TV, film and animation, according to UK developers. Industry body Tiga has told Newsbeat the move would give games ‘the respect they deserve’ and offer a boost to British-based companies.”

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Original Apple computer sells for $365,000 at New York auction | Reuters

“A fully operational Apple computer that company co-founder Steve Jobs sold out of his parents’ garage in 1976 for $600 sold for $365,000 at Christie’s on Thursday. The Ricketts Apple-1 Personal Computer, named after its original owner Charles Ricketts, is the only known surviving Apple-1 documented as having been sold directly by Jobs to an individual from the Los Altos, California family home, according to the auction house.”

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EE to end Orange Wednesdays cinema offer | The Telegraph

“EE is axing its Orange Wednesdays promotion that provides free cinema tickets to its mobile phone customers. EE started the offer in 2003 and became a hit with film fans. However, the company said that with more people watching films on mobile devices at home, it’s time to close Orange Wednesdays.”

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Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook is ‘thinking about’ a dislike button | Mashable

“Facebook is considering ways users can express their feelings beyond the Like button, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during a Q&A at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park Thursday. ‘We’re thinking about it,’ Zuckerberg said when asked whether the social network would ever add the long-requested dislike button.”

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Stuart O’Connor