IT Business Elsewhere: The underbelly of the iPod

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Calling all terrorist plot writers

If Americans are going to build national security policies around movie-plot terrorist threats, they might as well be good ones. Like the possibility of “errant ice cream men selling poisoned popsicles.”

Weird Al hits a sour note with downloaded music

Want to makes sure your favourite recording artist is compensated for his or her work? Don’t download legal music, according to Weird Al.

Welcome to iPod city. Population: 200,000

Imagine: there are people so dedicated to making sure you have an iPod that they live together in large groups and toil for hours on end in horrible, cramped conditions practically for free. What dedication! Of course, they don’t actually have much choice about it, but let’s not get sidelined.

Recording industry claims false victory

Hey, did you hear that the war in Iraq is under control? The RIAA must be using the same PR firm, because according to it, the war on illegal file-sharing is also over.

I’m telling your mom on you

There’s one way to make sure you keep e-Bay sellers honest: threaten to tell their moms if they don’t behave.

Books and bananas now available on

Everyone thinks Google is taking over the entire universe, when in fact it’ we should be worrying about.

The formula for a hit song

Ever thought all hit singles sound pretty formulaic? You’re right, according to this mathematical equation.

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