Check out what music is on the playlists of soldiers in Iraq and take a look at our list of must-reads that will have you chatting at the lunch counter, over IM or wherever it is that people actually talk these days.
- The war has its own soundtrack thanks to iPods. Soldiers just pop their iPods into their flak jackets and head out into the war zone. Troops tend to share music from PC to PC and listen to everything from Metallica and Slayer to get pumped up before heading out for the day or relax by listening to Toby Keith and Alvin and the Chipmunks.
- A proposal in San Francisco would add 33 cents to the cost of a cigarette pack in order to compensate for the amount the city spends on removing butts from the streets and sidewalks. The city hopes the taxation would both encourage smokers to kick the habit and rid the streets of cigarette butts, which are not biodegradable.
- A new $52 million system at the U.S. Copyright Office meant to expedite applications has actually created a backlog so significant it threatens the organization's integrity. Hundreds of thousands of people who shelled out $45 for the legal ownership of their designs, plays or poems have been waiting for more than 9 months to hear back from the office. Workers are now handling paper applications received in late 2007.
- The marketing team behind Eminem's latest album used Twitter to make it one of the most anticipated hip hop albums of the year. The team at Aftermath/Interscope posted "disturbing" entries and linked to multimedia related to a rehab facility in order to hype the album, aptly tited "Relapse."
- The government plans to expand its program to check for immigrants in prisons nationwide. The effort could result in a increase in the number illegal immigrants flagged for deportation. Officials plan to match inmates' fingerprints to federal databases to find illegal immigrants before they are released into the general population.