*The Copyright Board of Canada has enacted a tax on music downloads, and will collect retroactively back to 1996. Heh. Canada.
*The New York Times covers the Hip-Hop Chess Federation’s Kings Invitational Tournament. [ypulse]
*Mossberg bashes the carriers: “A shortsighted and often just plain stupid federal government has allowed itself to be bullied and fooled by a handful of big wireless phone operators for decades now.”
*Episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm are being used to help teach social skills to schizophrenic patients. Good for schizophrenics, scary for Larry David.
*The NYTimes on Black Kids and building blog buzz at CMJ.
*Virgin Mobile USA’s Wild Card supports streaming music. The odd thing: Virgin’s pre-paid, and tunes will cost $.25 per stream. [digital music news]
*Is the music industry growing? Maybe if you count iPods. Really. Why would you count iPods? [hypebot]
*AT&T is making Napster’s 5 million song catalog available for download in November.
*Oh, and the execrable Strib covers the changing face of breakdancing. [mediation]