Taylor Swift hits out at Apple Music in a short, powerful blog post

We reported this week that sections of the music industry are up in arms about Apple Music’s free, three-month trial for which it won’t pay royalties to artists. Taylor Swift has just summed up the musicians’ side of things perfectly with a short, eloquent piece on Tumblr. A couple of choice quotes… “I’m not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months. I find it to be shocking, disappoint … [Read more...]

Instagram’s cool questioned as it starts emailing users with ‘Highlights’

Instagram has started sending out ‘Highlights’ emails to some users. The emails, er, ‘highlight’ things they may have missed from accounts that they follow. As TechCrunch’s Josh Constine, who spotted… … [Read more...]

Killing the business card with an email

For almost as long as there have been internet tech startups, there have been people trying to kill the business card. While the inefficient, environmentally dubious practice of exchanging a… … [Read more...]

Watch: The end of privacy – ‘If you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to live for’

XPRIZE‘s competitions touch the furthest reaches of human achievement in fields like healthcare, oceanography and even space exploration. The organization is currently designing a competition in the field of cybersecurity. In this… … [Read more...]

11 things I learned during two weeks with an Apple Watch

It’s now two weeks since I took delivery of my 42mm Space Grey Apple Watch Sport and awkwardly (see point 7 below) placed it on my wrist. I haven’t tried… … [Read more...]

Mass data-collection is back on the cards in the UK

The ‘Snooper’s Charter‘ could be looming on the horizon again in the UK. The newly-elected Conservative government has already indicated it wants to boost mass-surveillance powers by requiring ISPs and mobile network operators to… … [Read more...]

Meerkat for iOS gets address book integration, Facebook stream promotion and ‘Mobbing’

Former flavor of the week, live-streaming app Meerkat, continues to push for growth with some new iOS features that have just gone live. The most interesting new addition is ‘mobbing,’ which sees users… … [Read more...]

Inside TNW’s new design: A look at our new ‘cover’

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll know that we have a new design for The Next Web currently in beta testing. It’s more than just a reskin though, this is… … [Read more...]

The Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger is dead

Comcast has just announced that its planned merger with Time Warner Cable has been canceled. Here's Comcast CEO Brian Roberts statement on the end of Time Warner Cable deal: pic.twitter.com/FmpQXAbdlX… … [Read more...]

The NEXT Next Web: Try our big redesign right now

A big redesign is coming to the The Next Web and we want you to give it a serious roadtest, so we’re opening it up in beta from today. We’ll… … [Read more...]

Facebook’s latest attempt to ‘own your phone’: Its own Android dialler app

Facebook has today launched Hello, an app designed to replace the default dialler on your Android phone. As you’d expect, it’s closely tied to your Facebook account with caller ID… … [Read more...]

Amazon tests delivery to trunks of Audi cars in Munich, Germany

Its drone delivery service may still be a few years away from prime time, but Amazon is about to start testing something almost as unexpected right now in Munich, Germany… … [Read more...]