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The Warrior Gene?

I've been talking a lot recently with some of my colleagues about the
challenges posed in communicating the findings of genetic research to
the public. A story from Time Magazine is headlined "Which Kids Join Gangs? A Genetic Explanation" and though the story some highlights some interesting research, it probably does more to show just how difficult it will be to communicate genetic information to the public. For example, the story notes that:

Beaver and his colleagues found that those males carrying

Report: Music Pirates Buy More Music

Ars Technica reports that, according to a study conducted by the BI Norwegian School of Management, people who download music from P2P networks actually buy the most music legally, too.

Researchers examined the music downloading habits of more than 1,900 Internet users over the age of 15, and found that illegal music connoisseurs are significantly more likely to purchase music than the average, non-P2P-loving user.

A Glimpse of the Future of News circa 1981

DRM-free iTunes, with an annoying catch

One of the big bits of news from the Macworld keynote is that the iTunes Music Store will be going DRM-free, with three different prices for songs based on the label's pricing. Here's the official press release from Apple.

John Pareles: Songs from the Heart of a Marketing Plan [NYTimes]

My favorite New York Times music critic, John Pareles—who was once caught at a show tracking the setlist by scoring bass lines—wrote a great piece on the way that commercial licensing, particularly 360 deals, will change how music is conceived and written: "But how soon will it be before musicians, perhaps unconsciously, start conceiving songs as potential television spots, or energy jolts during video games, or ringtones?" I'm pasting some highlights below.

LastGraph: Beautiful Timelines of Data

agreatnotion at LastGraph

Future Pranksters Create New York Times, 2009 Edition

slotMusic Pre-Loaded SD Cards: The New 8-Track

A friend sent me this today: slotMusic.

Pluses: DRM-free, apparently, and they bundle it with a USB "sleeve" to ensure "seamless interoperability with all computers."

Putting the "Music" Back into MTV

For anyone who's turned on MTV in the last ten years and said "I want my MTV back," there is hope. Sometime in the last few days, without a great deal of fanfare, the network and its parent company Viacom launched MTV Music, a site that gives music fans in the US (sorry!) access to MTV's gigantic archive of music videos, including videos from CMT and VH1.

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