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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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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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Masnick on movie copyright: Yes, Fox outfoxed itself

By Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca.

I just sat down for half an hour with Mike Masnick to talk about social media business models and everything from Second Life to Twitter, which I'll be writing in tommorow's CBCnews.ca technology section as a Q&A. But I wanted to mention his reaction to the Wolverine controversy from yesterday's blog post - would Fox's reaction lead to their doom or is there really no such thing as bad publicity?

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Mike Masnick: Online marketing is all about attention and access

By Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca.

Techdirt's Mike Masnick just finished his presentation at the Mesh conference in Toronto on building a business model in a world of infinite goods ... goods like information and music.

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Expand your life experience, shrink your income with IBM

By Tracy Johnson, senior producer and business reporter for CBC Radio.

International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) has been quietly laying off thousands of workers in Canada and the U.S., and has come up with some interesting options for employees who have been cut loose.

Such as a move to India.

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Where's the innovation, Toshiba?

By Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca.

LAS VEGAS - Two years in a row, Toshiba proves to be a bust at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Last year, the Japanese company had the rug pulled out from under it when Warner Bros announced it was dropping support of HD DVD in favour of Blu-ray. If this year's CES press conference on Wednesday was any indication, Toshiba still hasn't recovered.

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What do text messages actually cost?

By Jesse Brown, CBC technology columnist.

What do text messages actually cost?

Interesting revelation in the New York Times: text messages, which can cost consumers twice what they did just three years ago, actually cost cell phone providers nothing ... or at least, next to nothing.

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An expert takes on procrastination …

By Dan Westell, CBCNews.ca

We note with muted amazement that University of Calgary prof Piers Steel is publishing a book. Soon, his agent's website asserts.

Steel is a proud procrastinator, so the publication of The Procrastination Equation: The Science of Getting Things Done will be a personal victory.

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Canon redefines convergence with HD capable digital cameras

By Robin Rowland, CBCNews.ca

When Canon began a series of teaser ads two weeks ago (just before Sony launched the new A900), the company was using the catch phrase “Destined Evolution.”

The new Canon EOS 5D Mark II is a big step in the evolution of the still camera, but the camera unveiled today is more a case of selective breeding than natural selection, for the new Canon is the first professional-level digital single lens reflex that will also shoot High Definition video. Canon has redefined convergence.

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