ITunes Stashes Your ID in DRM-Free Downloads

“With the launch of iTunes Plus, Apple’s become the first to sell DRM-free music from a major label. Not included in the press release is the fact that all such downloads are watermarked, containing the user’s full name and email address.

It’s quite clever, when you think about it. The only way it could ever be a privacy concern for the user is if they do something they shouldn’t, such as share the file with others. If you think that DRM-free music is an excuse to start throwing it up by the gigabyte on Bittorrent, there could be public humiliation and, perhaps, a legal suprise or two in your future. ” (Wired Gadget Lab)

Bloggiest Neighborhoods “Since we’ve been tracking local bloggers in over 3,000 US neighborhoods for the past six months now, we thought it would be fun to run the numbers and finally answer the question that’s been on everyone’s mind: what exactly are America’s bloggiest neighborhoods? The results below are based on a number of variables: total number of posts, total number of local bloggers, number of comments and Technorati ranking for the bloggers. “

Kidney News You Won’t Believe

“Ever since this first post on organ transplants just over a year ago followed by our subsequent New York Times column on the subject, we have received many, many tips about interesting, strange, provocative, and even useful incentives to encourage more organ donation. But nothing comes close to the latest one, which was sent in by at least 8 or 10 readers (thanks to all of you): a Dutch reality TV program, The Big Donor Show, in which three contestants compete to receive a kidney from a terminally ill donor.” (Freakonomics Blog)