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Finland makes broadband a legal right

By Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca. There's a debate going on in Canada right now over how we can get more people to sign up for broadband access. A recent industry-funded report found that 30 per cent of Canadian households still haven't signed up for it, whether it's because they can't afford it or they're simply not technically literate enough.

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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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Staggered video game releases a good idea

By Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca. If the size of Microsoft's annual holiday video game preview was any indication of the general health of the industry, then gamers might have cause for concern. This year's event, X'09, was certainly much smaller in terms of the number of game developers and titles present, which is not surprising given the abysmal summer the industry had.

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PS3 picks up momentum, but will it last?

By Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca. Sony says it has seen a big bump from its PlayStation 3 video game system since dropping the price and size three weeks ago, with more than one million consoles sold worldwide in that time.

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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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Science journalism not going quietly into the night

By Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca. Can you believe that 20 years ago, 150 U.S. newspapers had science sections and that today, fewer than 20 do? That's the thinking behind the launch of a new non-profit news wire service called Futurity, which is backed by a number of top science universities including Stanford, UC-Berkeley, Princeton and Yale.

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Stupid criminal... is breaking into a house

By Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca. There's harmless Facebook addiction, then there's stupid Facebook addiction. A criminal who broke into a Pennsylvania West Virginia home and was caught because he stopped to check his Facebook account, and forgot to log out, is a shining example of the latter.

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Greece endorses Google's M-Labs

By Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca. Eight months ago, Google launched a nifty feature called M-Labs (a.k.a. Measurement Labs). The tool is designed to give internet users some idea of how their connections are being handled by service providers. M-Labs lets you see how your ISP is managing your connection, what kind of bandwidth it's giving you and whether or not you're being throttled. Greece's telecommunications regulator is now endorsing it.

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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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