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Wild kingdom 2.0

by Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca

One of the promises of online video is that it provides a forum for citizen journalism. Of course, when we think of citizen journalism we think of George Holliday's video camcorder catching police officers beating Rodney King in 1992. We don't think of citizen journalism as a replacement for Wild Kingdom.

Click below to read about the video YouTubers are wild about.

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Cybertalk rubbing you the wrong way?

by Shirley Connor, CBC News

A poll published Thursday cites "netiquette," "cookie" and "wiki" as words that grate on the nerves of web surfers. But the grand prize winner is "folksonomy."

Quick, know what that means? Click the link below to find out.

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Swiping Herman Munster's MasterCard: Priceless

by Ian Johnson, CBC News

Some refer to con artists who aim to profit from other peoples' personal information as "sharpies," but that doesn't necessarily mean they're the sharpest knives in the drawer. Case in point: The ID thieves who apparently tried to sell information "stolen" from Herman Munster.

Yes, that Herman Munster, the Frankenstein-like character from the old TV show.

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Can you keep a secret?

by Shirley Connor, CBC News online

This week brought us reports of the French government banning BlackBerrys for government employees amid concerns about the possibility of outsiders snooping confidential data. Research in Motion followed up by telling CBC News that no one – not even RIM – can crack the code and take a peek.

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Britain bans video game

by Paul Jay, CBC News

Vancouver-based Rockstar Games is no stranger to controversy (see links here and here), so it should come as no surprise that its latest offering, Manhunt 2, has sparked outrage.

Well, perhaps "outrage" is overstating things. But British censors have banned it, the first time to country has outlawed a video game since its temporary injunction against 1997's Carmageddon, a game in which players racked up points for driving over pedestrians.

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Ubuntu crowd bends Dell's ear

by Paul Jay, CBC News online

Earlier this year Dell Inc. announced it would begin offering consumers computers with a pre-installed Linux operating system - later revealed to be Ubuntu. The idea came in response to the company's IdeaStorm website, where users can suggest things they'd like the computer company to offer.

Interestingly, the Ubuntu/Linux crowd isn't quite done telling Dell how to run its business. In fact, it's probably safe to say they've completely taken over the IdeaStorm website.

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Let the iMagic begin …

by Shirley Connor, CBC News online

With only 11 more sleeps till the iPhone arrives in the U.S., Apple's Steve Jobs is letting us know why it's a "truly magical product."

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Oh, so you think that's funny ...

by Shirley Connor, CBC News online

There's no such thing a good joke – or a bad one – concludes the doctoral thesis of Hugo Carretero Dios of Spain's Granada University.

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Searching for planets...and internet access

by Paul Jay, CBC News online

This past weekend the members of the Canadian Astronomical Society holding their annual meeting at the Royal Military College in Kingston came across a problem unusual in today's wireless world. For security reasons, RMC regulations restrict internet access to and from non-RMC computers.

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Is Apple starting a games renaissance?

by Saleem Khan, CBC News Online

As usual when he speaks at an event like the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, the video of Steve Jobs' keynote address, has been posted on the company's website.

The emphasis on video games is intriguing. Shoot through the link below for more.

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Internet becomes battleground in Venezuela

by Paul Jay, CBC News online

When you think of web-based attacks from hackers, what country first coes to mind? The United States? China? Try Venezuela.

Last week Akamai Technologies Inc. launched a new free web service that allowed viewers to see a sort of internet weather report on global traffic tie-ups and attacks. Surprisingly, Venezuela had the highest attacks of any region. And it wasn't really close.

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David Suzuki convocation address webcast today

by Saleem Khan, CBC News Online

David Suzuki is giving the convocation address at Ryerson University this afternoon, which will be webcast.

Neither Ryerson officials nor Suzuki's own staff were able to tell me exactly what the internationally known scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster will be talking about after he receives his honorary doctorate of sciences at the ceremony but one assumes he will make some reference to global climate change.

The webcast starts at 2:30 p.m. ET.

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Richard Edelman on internet censorship and Canada

by Saleem Khan, CBC News Online

After working through a scheduling nightmare over the last week, I finally connected with Richard Edelman, CEO of the global public relations firm that bears his name. He was in Toronto last week to talk about the future of PR at the Mesh conference, and he had some interesting views on the state of the internet.

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Beware of malware, lawyers and elves

by Saleem Khan, CBC News Online

Have you ever wondered whether you should click on or download some new piece of software you or your friends have found on the internet? It's probably worth paying attention to that nagging voice in the back of your head.

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Has Higgs particle been found?

by Paul Jay, CBC News online

Following the news that startup of the large hadron collider has been delayed until next year, an interesting article in Slate suggests a particle the collider is supposed to find may already have been discovered.

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Super-fast collider off to slow start

by Paul Jay, CBC News online

The scientists in charge of an instrument designed to follow the flighty and unpredicable paths of subatomic particles made a rather predictable announcement on Monday, confirming their proton smashing machine wouldn't begin operating until 2008.

Scientists at CERN confirmed the 27-kilometre long Large Hadron Collider buried beneath the Franco-Swiss border would not begin operations until spring 2008, confirming earlier reports.

The delay, the result of series of setbacks, is a blow to the particle physics community and, by extension, research in astronomy, cosmology and chemistry. The collider is essential to particle physics, since by smashing protons together at high speeds it will provide the experimental backbone needed to prove or disprove many of our theories regarding the origin of the universe, black holes, and the nature of matter. I wrote a feature on it earlier this year.

It's also a setback for we in the scientific press, who have been desperately waiting to write the headline: Origin of Universe Explained. Looks like we'll have to settle for older theories.

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Tech blog roundup

by Saleem Khan, CBC News Online

The internet's current state, future, and impact on all spheres of our lives, Mesh ("Canada's web conference"), Palm's new Foleo smartphone companion and video games were among the things holding our attention this week. Here's the list:

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Pipe down, Sun

by Ian Johnson, CBC news online

OK, here's a quick word-association check: What comes to mind when someone says "sun"? Words like hot, bright and blazing, right? Well, how about noisy?

Click on the link to read more about solar sounds.

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