August 2009 Archives

Wikipedia puts suspect changes on orange alert

By Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca. Online encyclopedia Wikipedia has long pushed for accuracy on par or better than regular encyclopedias. Now they are hoping a new tool will make it easier for users to spot potential mistakes or vandalism.

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Snow Leopard brings subtle improvements to Mac

By John Bowman, CBCNews.ca. Apple's latest version of the Mac OS X operating system, code-named "Snow Leopard," was released today and the online reaction has been, well, staid.

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NFL's Ochocinco to use hand signals to tweet

By John Bowman, CBCNews.ca. Chad Ochocinco of the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals (formerly Chad Johnson: he changed his name to reference his uniform number, 85) says he plans on using hand signals to get celebratory posts to his Twitter account after he scores.

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Microsoft in hot water over photoshopped ad

By Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca. Software giant Microsoft has apologized after it was discovered that an ad on Microsoft's Polish business unit had altered a photo of a group of three people sitting at a boardroom table, changing the race of one of the people from black to white.

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2nd zombie paper rises from dead

By Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca. A group of University of Ottawa researchers who wrote about an outbreak of zombie-ism earned the unique distinction of publishing the first paper modelling a fictional disease. But as it turns out, they aren't the only Canadian mathematicians to consider "the zombie problem."

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Would Bill C-61 have protected copyright violators?

By Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca. When the Conservative government attempted to introduce Bill C-61 last year, one of the chief complaints of the bill was the anti-circumvention provision, which essentially made it illegal to break digital locks placed on software or digital data such as music or movie files. A new interpretation shows that provision actually favoured copyright violators.

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Teens and Twitter trends

By John Bowman, CBCNews.ca.

This morning, the four top trending topics on Twitter had to do with the Teen Choice Awards.

The sixth trending topic was "Teens Don't Tweet."

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Australia biggest ISP admits to lying

By Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca. Last week saw an interesting revelation from Telstra, Australia's biggest phone and internet provider. New CEO David Thodey admitted to a court that Telstra had lied to block rival internet service providers from accessing its network. Under previous CEO Sol Trujillo, an American, Telstra had told other ISPs that several of its downtown telephone exchanges were full so they couldn't install their own equipment and thereby provide customers with their own services. There was, in fact, plenty of space but Telstra was playing dirty tricks to cut its competitors off at the knees.

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Capturing carbon, the old-fashioned way

By Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca. A few weeks ago I had a chance to talk to Francis Zwiers about the complex and evolving process of developing climate models for an upcoming feature. Zwiers, the director of the climate research division at Environment Canada, was preparing for a visit to Alert in Nunavut territory, his first visit to the remote town.

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When free no longer is

By Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca. As a freelance writer a few years back, there was many a day I would head over to the coffee shop or local restaurant during the weekday dead period, plunk down a pen and pad or a computer and get to work. Not everyone is iinto buying things when using Wi-Fi, however, and according to the Wall Street Journal, some restaurants in New York are fighting back.

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Where's the competition?

By Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca. Much of the debate around issues like net neutrality and wireless competition in this country often ends up at the doorstep of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), which today issued a report on the state of the communications industry.

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Twitter starts blocking some malicious URLs

By Emily Chung, CBCNews.ca. With Twitter's shortened URL's, you can't always be sure what you're going to get when you click through – a problem that has been exploited by cyber criminals to engage in phishing attacks and the distribution of malware on the microblogging site.

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