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Richard Branson claims to have invented iPod and iTunes as April Fool’s joke

Was a joke by Richard Branson responsible for helping turn around Apple's fortunes? (Credit: Virgin)

Was a joke by Richard Branson responsible for helping turn around Apple’s fortunes? (Credit: Virgin)

There are always going to be debates about who came up with an idea as transformative to Apple’s business as the iTunes and the iPod, but here’s one you may not have heard before: Richard Branson.

In a new interview with the i paper, the Virgin head honcho claims the concept behind Apple’s turnaround duo of inventions was originally made by him as a joke — only for Steve Jobs to take it seriously, and later go on to put it into action.

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Your picks for Apple’s next ‘thought leader’

Cult of Mac readers came through again: after our nominees, here are your semi-serious and sometimes outrageous picks for who should be coming up with the next big ideas at Apple.

One small footnote: Apple tweaked the job title on us. Now they are looking for a “business intelligence thought leader” rather than just a plain old “thought leader,” but the party game is still a fun one.

Virgin Atlantic to trial iBeacons at the airport

Virgin Atlantic founder Richard Branson (Credit: Virgin)

Virgin Atlantic founder Richard Branson (Credit: Virgin)

Could iBeacons help improve the air travel experience? Sir Richard Branson thinks they could.

Branson’s majority-owned Virgin Atlantic is the latest company to hop aboard the iBeacon bandwagon — announcing plans to use the technology to send customized messages to passenger’s iPhones in London’s Heathrow airport in the UK.

The program, which is being created in conjunction with beacon startup Estimote, will use Apple’s iBeacons technology in conjunction with the Passbook iOS app.

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Billionaire Richard Branson: Steve Jobs Broke All The Rules I Believe In

Billionaire Richard Branson: Steve Jobs Broke All The Rules I Believe In

Branson in 2010 at a NYC event. (Photo by david_shankbone - http://flic.kr/p/7ZWvcn)

Don’t you go all warm when a billionaire able to pal around with lions and tigers jumps all over how Steve Jobs led Apple? Seems Richard Branson would roll differently as Apple CEO. No yelling at employees or being such a control freak. Yep, the Virgin Group CEO would create a kindler, gentler Apple right from the pages of “I’m OK, You’re OK.”

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Richard Branson’s Project Wants To Beat News Corp’s The Daily To The Punch

Richard Branson’s Project Wants To Beat News Corp’s The Daily To The Punch

Whenever it arrives, it looks like Rupert Murdoch’s The Daily won’t be the only iPad-only magazine around: British billionaire and part Virgin Airways owner Richard Branson is also planning on launching a new iPad publication called Project, and it’s likely to be revealed as early as tomorrow.

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