The British government appears to have shelved plans to block rioting teens from using Facebook and Twitter or even shutting down Research in Motion’s BlackBerry Messenger network during times of crisis, in response to this month’s violent disorder.

After much wailing and gnashing of teeth at the idea, Thursday’s meeting between the three technology companies and the Home Secretary passed calmly and without incident. Read more

David Cameron, the British prime minister, has said that the authorities should consider blocking individuals’ access to social media if they are plotting violent acts, in the wake of the week’s riots and lootingRead more

Tech news from around the web:

Twitter has acquired Bagcheck, a service that allows users to create, discover and share lists, for an undisclosed price, The Next Web reports. Co-founder Sam Pullara will be joining the Twitter engineering team as part of the acquisition.

Less than a month since launching in the US, Spotify has 1.4 million registered users in the US says a source familiar with the company’s operations, AllThingsD reports.  Read more