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The Best of the Week - 03/02/2012

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It's February 3rd and today marks the Day the Music Died, as immortalised by Don McLean in his song American Pie. On this fateful day in 1959, the world lost three of rock and roll's pioneers, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. 'The Big Bopper' Richardson, in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.

In happier news, Dave Davies of The Kinks, responsible for the signature riff on the hit single You Really Got Me, turns 65 today, while Willow and Harry Potter star Warwick Davis turns 41.

Felix Mendelssohn, the German composer who wrote the Overture for A Midsummer Night's Dream, was born today in 1809, while in 1994, the space shuttle Discovery blasted off into space with a woman, Air Force Lt. Col. Eileen Collins, in the pilot's seat for the first time.

Over here on, highlights this week include:

- Sky Anytime+ adds BBC iPlayer and ITV Player to its service, and also launches internet TV

- Online retailer Sight & Sound UK has ceased trading

- Samsung Galaxy S II and Note will get an Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0 update) in March

- Sharp will be reducing LCD panel production as it predicts losses

- You can download a dedicated app for the upcoming Bristol Sound & Vision Show 2012

Meanwhile on the Forum, we have been discussing a 'green blob' problem found on Panasonic plasma TVs (Panasonic has now issued an update for this), what vinyl records you've been listening to, and raving about the Monitor Audio Apex speakers.

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Kashfia Kabir
Kashfia Kabir

Kashfia is the Hi-Fi and Audio Editor of What Hi-Fi? and first joined the brand over 10 years ago. During her time in the consumer tech industry, she has reviewed hundreds of products, been to countless trade shows across the world and fallen in love with hi-fi kit much bigger than her. In her spare time, Kash can be found catching up with TV shows, tending to an ever-growing houseplant collection and hanging out with her cat Jolene.