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  • A Japanese phone company is developing a device, based on a rather impressive-sounding "galvanic vestibular stimulation" technology, that can be used to control its human host. While the cranium-hugging device is only capable of making you perform basic movements like leaning left and right, it did manage to make the author's head involuntarily gyrate to some music. No matter how much more sophisticated this invention gets, I'll go on record saying nothing will ever make me do the Macarena again. [USA Today]
  • Seeing that we all share a collective love of eating while driving (and talking on the cellphone), the NY Times discusses some of the latest trends in food and beverage related distractions, including climate-controlled cup-holders, sandwich warmers, and a candidate for Worst Idea of All-Time: a 10-cup coffee maker that plugs into the cigarette lighter. If we start to see a precipitous spike in auto fatality rates, you'll know why. [NY Times]
  • Digital Music Group, sort of a music download middleman whose efforts are invisible to end users like you and me, plans to cash in on their collateral ties to iTunes by going public. Only problem with their IPO dream is the songs that they license to iTunes and the other pay-for-play services are crusty '50s and '60s tunes that were originally released on something called vinyl. As one financial bluntly points out, "I don't know how many 80-year-olds are on their iPods listening to Fats Domino."
    [Wall St. Journal (reg)]
  • Silicon Valley is still the Capital of Tech, so suck it Seattle and Boston. Okay, that's not exactly what this San Jose Mercury column says, but it does present its case to those of you who think otherwise. [San Jose Mercury]