IT Business Elsewhere: Zune hits a bad note

ITBusiness Elsewhere is a collection of unusual technology stories from around the globe.

More than the doctor ordered

Thanks to e-prescribing systems that are supposed to make our information more secure than paper-based systems, we now have more data breaches like this one that affected thousands of people.

Carpet diem
The Inquirer

If we have the technology to create carpets that are this smart, this really proves once and for all that there’s no need for human resources departments.

Zune alors!
The Inquirer

Oops! Maybe Microsoft’s marketing team should think twice before naming their music player after a part of the male anatomy — in French-Canadian slang, that is.

Is that your cell phone ringing or did you just cough?
Yahoo News

Today’s cell phone technology has allowed manufacturers to make phones so small that you can even swallow them (or have them shoved down your throat, depending on who’s side of the story you believe) in case of emergency (or if you don’t want your boyfriend to find out who you’ve been cheating on him with).

Monopoly in the 21st century
Yahoo News

Say good-bye to the paper-based Monopoly. This new version has gone wireless to reflect our cashless society. Now you can buy Park Avenue with a swipe of your Debit card.

Animal talk

Why are people with PhDs trying to figure out what animals are saying when humans can’t even communicate with one another – see the current Mid East crisis as an example.

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