ITBusiness Elsewhere is a collection of unusual technology stories from around the globe
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 Amazon.com
Everyone thinks Google is taking over the entire universe, when in fact it’sAmazon.com 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.