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Another crowdsourcing experiment comes from astronomy, with a call for popular observation of the Epsilon Aurigae binary star system. Two academic astronomers have asked for amateur skygazers to share their glimpses of the binary star, in order to solve a problem (weirdly variable brightness).
If astronomers can get thousands of reports from people monitoring the star, they can use statistical techniques to analyze the star’s behavior with high precision.
Apple's iTunes service will remove digital rights management (DRM) from its music store, according to this week's Macworld presentations. DRM, which restricts copying, will disappear from songs over the next couple of months. Users can remove DRM from songs they already purchased for a fee.