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Teaching Your iPod to Dance

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The problem with the iPod is not only Apple's claim to having a monopoly on legitimate sources of purchased downloaded music (that is, Apple's claim that Real's Harmony is illegitimate when it produces DRM music that is supposed to be compatible with iPod), but also that Apple controls who can run programs on the iPod computer.

Germanys E-Health Card to become Online ID Solution

Germanys Cabinet has announced its new 'eCard' (PDF German) strategy that essentially will render the 'GesundheitsCard' (HealthCard) into a universal ID solution. Health insurance is mandatory in Germany and basically every citizen already holds a Chipcard containg data about is insurance status. The GesundheitsCard is planned to become the succesor of the current Chipcard but with a much broader scope.

Andhra promotes one-girl child families

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BBC reports that Indian state Andhra Pradesh will offer cash incentives to parents to have one girl, and one girl only. (Pictured is local hero, Sania Mirza, the Indian Tiger Woods, who will promote the policy.)

Brown People Want to be Free, Too

David Brooks odd column yesterday reveals how conservative thinking has shifted on "brown-skinned" people. Recall that Brooks applauds Wolfowitz for suggesting that people in the Middle East want to be free. Brooks echoes statements of George W. Bush:

The One That Got Reported

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This is Steve Bell's cartoon in the Guardian.

We can't prejudge the reactions of Coalition troops as they seek to protect themselves in a hostile and often deadly environment without knowing more details about the actual incidents involved. But we can judge the news media, which reports on this issue all too seldom. Is Iraqi life cheaper than Italian life?

Who Will Lead the World Bank?

I think the trial balloons of Wolfie and Carly have popped. There was the Washington Post op-ed that critiqued Carly (suggesting that it would be contrary to this administration's rhetoric to choose a failed private sector leader to a public sector post), and the Europeans won't abide Wolfie. David Brooks' attempted rehabilitation of Wolfie today tilts at windmills.

Rehabilitating Wolfie

David Brook's latest column begins:

Let us now praise Paul Wolfowitz. Let us now take another look at the man who has pursued - longer and more forcefully than almost anyone else - the supposedly utopian notion that people across the Muslim world might actually hunger for freedom.

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