News …

Britney Spears taken away in ambulance after custody standoff – Associated Press

Stephen Stills recovering from prostate cancer surgery – Associated Press

Sony BMG to flush digital rights management trechnology – BusinessWeek

Lawsuit filed against Apple charges company’s DRM technology broke antitrust laws – The Register UK

Chicago nightclubs clear the air as no-smoking law lights up 2008 – The Chicago Tribune

Are you listening to an iPod right now? Are you at work? Two “Yes” answers means you should read this – MacNewsWorld

They’re punk! They’re polka! They’re The Polkaholics! The Chicago Tribune

Views …

Ringing in the New Year with The Flaming LipsThe Oklahoman (registration may be required)

Conor Oberst forsakes “Bright Eyes” moniker to present new tunes in Twin Cities – Star Tribune

Richie Havens – still powerful after all these years – The Republican

They Say It’s Their Birthday … (Or so says Associated Press)

John McLaughlin is 66

Volker Homback (Tangerine Dream) is 64

Bernard Sumner, (Joy Division) and (New Order) is 52

Patty Loveless is 51

Michael Stipe is 48

Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) is 46

Deana Carter is 42

David Glasper is (Breathe) is 42