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Gracenote knows what you listen to, but is anybody worried?

Bob Sullivan’s MSNBC article is trying to pin some privacy issues on Apple’s iPod, and they’re not sticking. It talks about the Gracenote CDDB, the database that lives behind the scenes and gets queried every time you put a CD into your computer to fetch the metadata...

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Today’s neologism: Shufflecasting

Dude, Podcasting is so two weeks ago. Shufflecasting is the latest and greatest in background soundtrack for your day: instead of downloading fully-produced podcasts, Rael Dornfest is taking a more eclectic approach by using AutoFill to dump a random assortment of shorter clips onto her his...

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Will the next Mac mini include an iPod Dock?

Leo Bodnar, the same intrepid soul who overclocked his Mac mini, continued his sleuthwork and has uncovered an unused FireWire bus in the Ultra ATA-100 riser card that connects the mini’s optical drive to the motherboard. What’s up with this vestigial FireWire connector? Leo thinks...

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New Kid on the Block

So I see C.K. has had a chance to introduce himself before I got a chance to whip up a welcome post, so — he’s fired already!! ;) Nahhh, let’s be serious for a moment (must we?) and extend a hearty welcome to the newest member of TUAW. We’ll be sharing the Apple goodness...

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iPod DJing hits the States; what’s in an iPod name?

So we already knew this phenomenon has been going on overseas for some time now, but it’s apparently becoming more of a phenomenon on this side of the Atlantic as well. Clubs such as the Cafe Saint-Ex in Northwest Washington D.C. are now regularly inviting patrons to bring in their iPods...

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Freeware February: Markdown

It’s John Gruber appreciation week here at TUAW. I’m very sad to witness the end of this Freeware February series, but I’m happy to ring it out with one uber-useful tool for web authors. Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool that enables you to write in a format...

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HOW-TO: Install a Bluetooth Module in a PowerMac G5

There’s a nice write-up on the French site Pomme Grenette covering how to add an internal Bluetooth module to your PowerMac G5. The article is in English and includes photos for each step; a nice resource for anyone planning this upgrade. [Via Power Page]...

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Jobs fuming over RIAA attempts at music download price hike

File this in the “is anyone surprised” category: music labels are chatting with online retailers about raising wholesale prices for digital music downloads, looking to capitalise on growing demand. The RIAA wants a bigger piece of the pie, which we’re sure they’re going...

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iPod firmware reverse engineered

There’s more than one way to extract a bootloader, and Nils Schneider has come up with a rather inspired one. He wanted to study the iPod firmware in order to write new software for the device, but couldn’t examine the code without first somehow extracting it. He ended up using a...

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George Bush: the Steve Jobs of world politics?!

Big thanks to AK for sending along this item that clearly begs filing under “news of the weird” — conservative German newspaper Die Welt came up with the following analysis following George Bush’s recent meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin: “Bush wants...

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