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New tune: Music Industry to Abandon Mass Suits
"After years of suing thousands of people for allegedly stealing music via the Internet, the recording industry is set to drop its legal assault as it searches for more effective ways to combat online music piracy." [via The Wall Street Journal]

Profile: The ‘micro’ enterprise that is chip repair
"Rodrigo Alvarez can’t afford to replace the defective microprocessors on which his PhD depends, and so he’s learning to fix them himself." [via CSM Backstory]

Finding fraud: One Hacker's Audacious Plan to Rule the Black Market in Stolen Credit Cards
"If Butler was going to control the online underworld, he was going to have to take the heat. For nearly two decades, he had honed his skills as a hacker. He had swiped free calls from local telephone companies and sneaked onto the machines of the US Air Force. Now, in August 2006, he was about to pull off his most audacious gambit yet, taking over the online black markets where cybercriminals bought and sold everything from stolen identities to counterfeiting equipment. Together, these sites accounted for millions of dollars in commerce every year, and Butler had a plan to take control of it all." [via 3QuarksDaily/Wired]

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