The Beatles set to please please Rock Band before iTunes?

If you like rock and roll music, you probably like The Beatles. If you like The Beatles, you’ve probably noticed that their music is not exactly the most digital-friendly. Everyone has been waiting for the group to end up in iTunes (Apple chief executive Steve Jobs has made his love of the group very clear), but it appears their music may be entering a different market in the digital realm first: Video games.

Pink versus Snow Patrol in the battle of promotional iPhone apps

Apple has used its iTunes digital store to dominate not only the music on the Internet, but all of retail music. Now, artists are seeing an opportunity to use Apple’s newest hot store, the App Store, to promote their music. Two artists, Pink and Snow Patrol, launched apps this week to coincide with the launches of their new albums. The two take very different approaches.

LinkedIn's platform opens for business

LinkedIn, the professional networking web site, has publicly launched its platform to third-party developers, with an emphasis on supporting business and “productivity” applications that have failed to gain traction on other social networks.

American App Idol? Apple's push for voting in iPhone 2.2 could create stars out of no name apps

I’m fortunate to have a job where it’s beneficial to download and try out as many iPhone applications as possible. But with over 5,500 apps now available in the App Store, not even I can possibly download them all. I need some kind of filter — and usually, that is an app’s rating within the App Store. But depending on the app’s popularity, those ratings can be uneven. With the upcoming 2.2 iPhone software update, that may change.

Cursebird: F#@!ing thing sucks!

I’m shocked it has taken someone this long to come up with this: An aggregator for all those naughty Twitter folk swearing in their tweets (Twitter messages). Cursebird, created by developer Richard Henry, is exactly that.

Swap contact info beyond the iPhone with beamME

I have a stack of business cards that is utterly ridiculous. It’s so bad that I’ll be honest: I’m probably never going to look through them. If I need someone’s contact information I’ll simply find it on the web. But that method isn’t particularly reliable or convenient. What I want is a way to digitally transfer contact information onto a device I always have with me: My iPhone. With a new iPhone app, the mobile contact company rmbr, gives me that option.

So much for those pissed off Canadian iPhone buyers

The iPhone took forever to get to Canada. Though the country shares the largest border with the United States, where iPhone-maker Apple resides, several other countries, including many in Europe, got the device before our neighbors to the north. Finally, with the launch of the iPhone 3G, Canada got the device, but many in Canada seemed unhappy (to put it lightly) with the offering from mobile carrier Rogers. Those differences seem to have been set aside however, since the country is buying the device in droves anyway.

Game journalism sucks: So Crispy Gamer raises money for an alternative voice

Game journalism sucks. Game journalists can’t be trusted (umm, except VentureBeat’s perhaps?). Crispy Gamer is banking that a lot of people share that opinion. So the company wants to be an independent source of video game news, providing an alternative to game web sites operated by major corporations with slick advertising from game publisers.

Qik sweetens its mobile streaming video roster with BlackBerry support. iPhone coming soon

The mobile streaming video service Qik is on a roll. Back in June it added support for certain Windows Mobile devices, in July it added more phones and launched its public beta, in August, Netscape and Ning founder Marc Andreessen joined its board of advisors. Now it’s time to add another phone to greatly broaden its support again: BlackBerry.

Once again, Twitter's death is laid out. Once again, users will fail to notice

In a post on its developer blog a couple days ago, Twitter API lead developer Alex Payne outlined what the service is doing with the vast amount of data it’s receiving everyday. Payne discussed the service’s use of application programming interfaces (APIs), feeds and pinging services to give third parties and users the information they want from Twitter. He also revealed that Twitter is now staffing a project (including Payne himself) to come up with a best way to handle the distribution of the so-called “firehose” (that is all of Twitter’s unprotected updates). Apparently, this wasn’t enough for blogger Dave Winer.

What’s in the iPhone 2.2 software update and beyond

Apple recently started seeding to developers the second beta version of its 2.2 software update for the iPhone and iPod touch and it’s becoming more clear what will be included in the update. (The first beta included a slightly different version of the Safari web browser.) Right now, it looks like the key new features focus on the Maps application which is built for the iPhone by Google.

With its mountain of cash, Apple could buy…

Apple has a lot of cash on hand. $24.5 billion in fact, which is more than even Microsoft now. With it, Apple could buy a whole bunch of things. 24.5 billion things from the Dollar Store, for instance (at least in states that don’t charge sales tax). In one of the great turns of fortune, Apple could even buy computer maker Dell — in cash — as Apple 2.0 noted earlier today.

Let's put a smile on that Gmail

Google’s online email service, Gmail, has been rolling out new features left and right in its Gmail Labs area. These new features, which are opt-in for all Gmail users, range from very useful (Quick Links) to fairly absurd (Mail Goggles). Today, rather than create a new Gmail Labs features, the service has rolled out an update to the actual site: Emoticons.

Video games not just for nerds anymore, IGN reports

Video games have been moving beyond their nerdy stereotype roots for a long time now. A new research report from IGN Entertainment and Ipsos MediaCT validates this idea, particularly in the wake of a watershed moment for the mainstream growth of video games: the 2006 release of the Nintendo Wii.

Facebook Music is getting its act together

Facebook is indeed working on a plan to deeply integrate streaming music into its site, I’ve learned. The details of a rumor published last week in the New York Post are, from my understanding, basically accurate. The social network is considering a partnership deal with one of four companies, including iLike, imeem, LaLa and iLike’s streaming music partner, Rhapsody. Of course, Facebook may also try building its own service, or scratch the plans entirely.