Archive for October 7th, 2009

Amazon Kindle Launches in 100 Countries But Not Canada

Amazon has announced that the Kindle e-book reader is now available in 100 countries, but not Canada. It would be interesting to know the reason why, though my guess is the lack of a deal with a telecom carrier for wireless downloads.

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October 7, 2009 11 comments Must Reads

Globe on Fight To Water Down Anti-Spam Bill

The Globe covers the attempts to water down C-27, the anti-spam bill.  It notes that Amazon would like a 5 to 7 year exception to allow it to imply consent from customers for further commercial messages.

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October 7, 2009 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

CIRA And The Disappearing Public Interest Mandate

Rick Anderson, a long-time CIRA director, appears this week on TVO's Search Engine to respond to recent criticisms of the dot-ca domain authority.  Host Jesse Brown asked Anderson to address my recent column focused on CIRA's disappointing performance in the realm of its social mandate.  Anderson responded: "Doing things beyond […]

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October 7, 2009 4 comments News

Clement Says No Legal Block To Using Apple iTunes Gift Cards For Apps

In recent months there have been several reports on consumer frustrations with Applei iTunes gift cards, which in Canada cannot be used for applications or games.  Apple's response has been that there are legal reasons for the restrictions.  I've never been able to figure out what those might be and […]

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October 7, 2009 15 comments Must Reads

Privacy Commissioner Releases Annual PIPEDA Report

The Privacy Commissioner of Canada released her annual report on private sector privacy yesterday.  While the media focused on the recommendations on youth privacy, it was interesting to see data showing increasing numbers of reported data breaches.  Reported incidents moved from 23 in 2006, to 48 in 2007, to 65 […]

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October 7, 2009 1 comment Must Reads