Microsoft Challenges the iPod (Again)

The new Zune photo/video/music player fixes many mistakes that made the original Zune a washout.

read more | digg story

Facebook Retreats on Online Tracking

Faced with its second mass protest by members in its short life span, Facebook is reining in some aspects of a controversial new advertising program.

read more | digg story

Bicycles That Carry Powerful Beats, and Even a Rider or Two

In Richmond Hill, Queens, teens are turning bicycles into rolling outdoor sound systems.

read more | digg story

Flasher’s ‘inadequacy’ plea fails

Michael Carney, 41, claimed he was too embarrassed about the size of his manhood to expose himself to women and showed the court photographs as proof.

read more | digg story

Police hunt for stolen Guinness

Gardai in Dublin are on the lookout for 36,000 pints of beer stolen from the Guinness brewery.

read more | digg story

Who’d live in a house like this?

House sharing has become a way of life for many renters who have been priced out of the property market. But coping with fellow house mates’ odd behaviour can lead to extreme responses.

read more | digg story

UK teacher jailed over teddy bear row

The British teacher in Sudan, caught up in the row over naming a stuffed teddy bear Muhammad, has been found guilty in of insulting religion of Islam. The punishment for ignorance – 15 days in prison, but at least they spared the lash.

read more | digg story

The Many Errors in Thinking About Mistakes

Of the many mistakes I have no doubt made over the last few weeks, two stand out: One cost me money and one cost me some pride.

read more | digg story

Challenging Tradition, Young Jews Worship on Their Terms

Young Jews around the country are challenging traditional Jewish notions of prayer and identity by organizing independent prayer groups.

read more | digg story

To Muslim Girls, Scouts Offer a Chance to Fit In

MINNEAPOLIS — Sometimes when Asma Haidara, a 12-year-old Somali immigrant, wants to shop at Target or ride the Minneapolis light-rail system, she puts her Girl Scout sash over her everyday clothes, which usually include a long skirt worn over pants as well as a swirling head scarf.

read more | digg story