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Globalive hits YouTube with funny ads

By Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca. It's now two weeks until D-Day for Canada's prospective fourth (almost) national cellphone carrier — the CRTC has said it will rule by Oct. 23 whether Globalive meets Canadian control rules — but the company is already rolling out ads. And they're funny.

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A cellphone by any other name smells like broadband

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While cleaning out my inbox today, I came across Merrill Lynch's annual wireless matrix, a measure of cellphone revenues, prices and other statistics from around the world. Although the survey, which has near-Bible status in the wireless industry, was released in June, it's particularly pertinent given the report released today by Canada's biggest ISPs about how the country's broadband service is world-class by every measure. [UPDATE, Nov. 5: To clarify, the word "every" was used to sum up the fact that the report says Canada is a leader in all the major measures commonly used in international studies to compare broadband services among different countries - availability, user adoption, speed and price. It wasn't intended to be taken to mean literally every comparison that could possibly be made. You can read the full report, and its evaluation of a number of aspects of Canadian broadband as they compare to other services around the world, here.]

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Globalive tries the Chewbacca defense?

By Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca. The CRTC kicked off a set of two-day hearings on Globalive's ownership today. The hearings will help the regulator determine whether or not Globalive will get to be Canada's fourth almost-national cellphone company. In its opening remarks, the company put forward a number of reasons why it passes muster as far as Canadian control rules are concerned, but one argument seems to sound like the Chewbacca defense.

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Trees and pets as cellphone users

By Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca. Mobile Media World, a conference devoted to – well, media on mobiles – kicked off its sessions today with a number of panelists commenting on Canada's woeful cellphone penetration rate.

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Waiting for Wireless-N

By Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca. Stop us if you've heard this before, but word from the organizing body in charge of wireless standards suggests the latest in Wi-Fi technology, dubbed Wireless-N, is set to be approved in September.

What's that you say? You have been using a wireless-n router on your laptop since 2006? Well, yes and no.

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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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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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Skype for iPhone...1 million downloads in 2 days

by Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca. I think there should probably be a limit on the number of times we can post about one subject on the Tech blog, but it's worth mentioning that Skype is reporting that its iPhone application has been downloaded more than one million times in the first two days after it became available, which, as TechCrunch notes, works out to around six downloads every second.

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Not in Canada, you say? Pity

by Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca. As a final follow-up to our Skype story from a couple of days ago, we've learned in the last couple of days a great deal about what isn't keeping the popular voice-over-internet application from coming to the iPhone in Canada.

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Why is Skype not in Canada?

By Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca. Yesterday, after several back and forth emails with Chaim Haas, a public relations representative acting on behalf of Skype, I wrote a story on the Skype for iPhone application, and its non-appearance on Canada's iTunes stores.

Since then, a number of commenters on yesterday's story have wondered aloud what the reason is, beyond Haas's comment that it was because of patent-licence restrictions related to Skype, not Apple.

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