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Net neutrality again before the House

By Paul Jay, CBC News.ca.

New Democrat digital affairs critic Charlie Angus has tabled another bill designed to enshrine the principle of net neutrality, his second attempt to bring the issue to the House of Commons through a private member's bill.

Bill C-398 will “ensure the future development of the internet is not impeded by unfair throttling or interference by telecom giants” the NDP said in a release Friday.

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Google making waves with new communication tool

By John Bowman, CBCNews.ca

What would communication on the internet look like if you threw away what we currently have and started from scratch? That's the question Google is trying to answer with an upcoming service called Google Wave. And the answer looks very interesting.

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Flip Video: Can it help turn the tech industry on its ear?

By Ian Johnson, CBCnews.ca.

Pocket video camera maker Pure Digital Technologies launched its latest Flip MinoHD and UltraHD models in Canada today, cameras the size of a chocolate bar that will shoot one to two hours (respectively) of 720p high-definition video. To me it's not the hardware that's the most interesting story here, though – it's how this small company out of San Francisco has been building and marketing consumer electronics.

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Can Sweden find an unbiased judge?

By Paul Jay, CBC News.ca.

The Pirate Bay trial has always had an aura of the absurd to it, mostly because the administrators of the file-sharing site have treated the collected threats against them with a mixture of contempt and humour. But now the legal proceedings are themselves turning farcical.

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Hulu coming to UK; Canadians grind teeth

By Paul Jay, CBC News.ca. Canadians love their online video, but this love has always been tempered by a lack of choice, and if there is a lightning rod for the frustration that comes from that dichotomy, it's the video streaming site Hulu.

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Spam still lost in translation

By Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca. Yesterday Google announced that it was experimenting with GMail yet again, this time integrating the free email service with Google Translate, in what they say is a "step towards automatic email translation between 41 global languages."

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Who is behind 'leaked' Globalive plans?

By Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca. Mobile phone enthusiasts were abuzz yesterday after a post on Howard Forum allegedly leaked new wireless carrier Globalive's plans for the Canadian market.

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Twitter's own 'Y2K' problem

By John Bowman, CBCNews.ca

Twitter is quickly approaching a computational limit on the maximum number of posts allowed on the site. Is the Twitpocalypse coming?

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Palm Pre to launch June 6 in U.S.

By Emily Chung, CBCNews.ca

Since January, Palm Inc. has said its Pre smartphone would be rolled out in the U.S. in the first half of 2009. Well, we're now almost five months through that six-month period. And finally, we know what the exact launch date will be within the remaining one-month window.

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A new way to profit from other people's blogs?

By Emily Chung, CBCNews.ca

It's been hard for bloggers to make money off their online writings.

But it looks like online book retailer Amazon may now have made it easier to make money off blogs – even if they're not yours.

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#googlefail sweeps Twitter

By Paul Jay, CBC News.ca. It's fair to say that many websites experience slowness or some disruption as a result of computer or human error, and that on any given day some site or another is down. This is not news. Of course, not every website is as relied-on as Google.

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Astronaut hits new height

By Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca.

Jeremy Hansen was all smiles when he stepped to the microphone on Wednesday, after he and David Saint-Jacques were named Canada's newest astronauts.

But when I spoke with Hansen in March, he was one of many prospective astronauts concerned about, of all things, his height.

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Twitter - and Reuters - making a play for real-time search

By John Bowman, CBCNews.ca

Last week, the New York Times Bits blog wrote about Twitter's switch from TinyURL.com to bit.ly as its default URL shortener, the service that provides shorter URLs for web pages so that they'll fit into a 140-character tweet. But there's more to the change than saving a few characters.

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Twitter now on Telus

By Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca. Following on the heels of similar announcements from Rogers and Bell, Telus said Monday that popular messaging service Twitter will be available using SMS text messaging.

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Was 2008 a bad year for gaming studios?

By Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca

The Develop 100, an annual list of the "most bankable" video games studios, is an interesting curiosity in the video gaming industry. Based for years strictly on UK sales, the list pr
ovided a snapshot of which studios, rather than which publishers, were driving the most popular video games.

But the results always skewed a bit Brit, which is one of the reasons why, because of the popularity of FIFA 07, EA Canada topped the list in 2007 and was No. 2 on last year's list.

This year the list has undergone something of a transformation, however, as the list now bases its ranking on UK, US and Japanese sales and has thrown in some subjective measures to reward critical acclaim and forward-thinking companies trying new ideas.

The good news for Canada's video gaming industry is that it has 10 studios in the top 100 studios in the world. The bad news is that nearly every studio moved down in the ranking.

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Game over for Duke Nukem maker

By Emily Chung, CBCNews.ca

A pioneer video game company that produced the classics Duke Nukem, Wolfenstein and Commander Keen series is no more.

Late Wednesday night, Joe Siegler, webmaster for 3D Realms, a subsidiary of Apogee Software, confirmed the rumours that had been circulating the internet.

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St. Catharines schools shine

By Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca. Two schools from St. Catharines, Ont., took home a few awards each at the VEX Robotics Competition World Championship in Dallas over the weekend.

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Jesse Brown: Obama the copyright cyberbully

By Jesse Brown, CBC technology columnist:

The Obama administration has placed Canada on the United States’ copyright blacklist. Under Bush, we were on their “Watch List”. Now we’re on the “Priority Watch List”. Scary!

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