Fas­cist leader a hit

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ROME: The cre­ator of an ap­pli­ca­tion fea­tur­ing speeches by the fas­cist dic­ta­tor Ben­ito Mus­solini, a sur­prise hit among Ital­ian iPhone users, says he is set­ting his sights on an iPad ver­sion.

“I will cer­tainly make iMus­solini com­pat­i­ble for the iPad,” said Luigi Marino the day af­ter Ap­ple boss Steve Jobs launched the wildly an­tic­i­pated tablet com­puter in San Fran­cisco.

He said Ital­ians were down­load­ing iMus­solini, which fea­tures au­dio, text and video of Mus­solini’s speeches, at a rate of about 1 000 a day. Marino launched the soft­ware a week ago.

While Marino, 25, says he de­vel­oped iMus­solini as a his­tor­i­cal tool, it has pre­dictably at­tracted ad­mir­ers of the war­time dic­ta­tor.

Some have posted fas­cist slo­gans on the ap­pli­ca­tion’s page at the Ap­ple App Store.

Ap­ple has said that it would not re­move the ap­pli­ca­tion from sale but is delet­ing any of­fend­ing com­ments.

Marino said his prod­uct seemed to ap­peal to “nos­tal­gic peo­ple”. – Sapa-AFP

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