Brother, We Can Ask You to Spare a Dime

Civil Rights ▶ A Supreme Court move bol­sters the rights of pan­han­dlers ▶ “You can­not de­clare a down­town zone a no-free-speech zone”

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Don Nor­ton and his wife, Karen Ot­ter­son, have been ar­rested about 50 times while pan­han­dling in down­town Spring­field, Ill., over the past eight years. In 2013 they sued Spring­field for in­fring­ing on their First Amend­ment rights to free­dom of speech. The city had passed an or­di­nance pro­hibit­ing ver­bal re­quests for money in the city’s his­toric dis­trict, just a short walk from Abra­ham Lin­coln’s home, tomb, and pres­i­den­tial li­brary. A fed­eral ap­peals court took Nor­ton and Ot­ter­son’s

At Ap­ple’s an­nual de­vel­op­ers con­fer­ence last June, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Tim Cook un­veiled Ap­ple Mu­sic, a $10-a-month stream­ing ser­vice meant to com­pete with the likes of Spo­tify and Pan­dora. Since then, Ap­ple Mu­sic has re­ceived tepid re­views and achieved only a roughly 1 per­cent adop­tion rate among ac­tive Ap­ple de­vices. Sev­eral of the ex­ec­u­tives brought in to steer the mu­sic strat­egy are gone.

At this year’s con­fer­ence, Ap­ple will be­gin the mar­ket­ing blitz for a vastly dif­fer­ent ver­sion of the stream­ing ser­vice, say three peo­ple fa­mil­iar with its devel­op­ment. Bet­ter in­te­gra­tion with itunes down­loads; deeper on­lin­era­dio playlists; an in­ter­face peo­ple might ac­tu­ally like. Ap­ple has been slow to adapt to the shift from mu­sic down­loads to stream­ing, and this re­set could sig­nal an ac­knowl­edg­ment that it’s stum­bled in in­te­grat­ing Beats Mu­sic, the stream­ing ser­vice it bought two years ago. An Ap­ple spokesman de­clined to com­ment for this story.

Cook is count­ing on ser­vices like Ap­ple Mu­sic for good news as slow­ing iphone sales bat­ter the com­pany’s stock. But such ser­vices, from Ap­ple Maps to icloud to Siri, haven’t been its strong suit. “When it comes to soft­ware, Ap­ple per­forms with less el­e­gance. Ap­ple Mu­sic is un­der­whelm­ing,” says Colin Gillis, an

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