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An examination of U.N. and Chinese trade data reveals that exports to North Korea of products including cars, tobacco, laptops, cellphones and domestic electrical appliances all increased significantly over the past five years.

An examination of U.N. and Chinese trade data reveals that exports to North Korea of products including cars, tobacco, laptops, cellphones and domestic electrical appliances all increased significantly over the past five years.
Luxuries Flow Into North Korea - WSJ.com

Spitzer investigating online music pricing

In a probe that offers a new twist to Apple’s struggle with the music industry over the pricing of songs at the iTunes Music Store, New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has launched an investigation into price collusion for online music downloads.

While I’m a fan of iTunes, I’ve never been a big fan of the Apple music store. The Apple DRM is annoying. It requires you to authorize computers to play a file, even when the file is shared via iTunes streaming. And even though they track purchases, you can’t reload a file lost to disk error or accidental deletion. So I am glad that someone is investigation something about on line music sales. For one thing, I’d like the cost breakdown to be known. And I’d like small labels to have more access to the music store.

More here: Think Secret - WSJ: Spitzer investigating online music pricing