Archive | June, 2008

Supreme Court of Canada Unanimously Defrosts Libel Chill

29 Jun

Good news for free speech supporters in Canada:

The media should not live in constant fear of facing a libel suit every time a provocative commentary is published or broadcast, the Supreme Court of Canada said yesterday in a major ruling won by controversial Vancouver radio broadcaster Rafe Mair.

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Fiesta Days in Point Grey

25 Jun

A big weekend in Point Grey last week featured the Premiere, the outgoing Mayor and a handful of other dignitaries.  Lots of stuff for the kids including everything sugar coated and spinning machines of various dimensions.

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Google Tools Will Tell You If Your ISP Is Slowing Down Your Connection

24 Jun

I got frustrated tonight because I was trying to check out some hiking trails using Google Earth and the high res images weren’t loading like they usually do.  Ordinarily I would suspect it was just my wifi connection or some random event in the stratosphere that thwarted my efforts.  But with all the talk these days about net neutrality I thought I’d see if anyone was working on a tool to tell me if it was my ISP throttling me.   It turns out that Google is doing just that. 

Richard Whitt, says that they’re cooking up software that’ll tell you if your ISP is screwing with or slowing down your connection because you’re hogging too much bandwidth, and what exactly they’re doing to it.

I as a consumer, anxiously await its arrival. It’ll be interesting to see how this one shapes up.  The carriers need be careful because if they’re going to get into a fight with Google they’ll probably lose.  If I were them I’d just drop the whole thing and concentrate on trying to make money elsewhere.

Google wins Prince of Asturias award  for Comunicacion and Humanities.

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America Has Spoken: In Google We Trust

23 Jun

For years the news business has built it’s solvency on the notion that people ‘trust’ conventional news brands.  But that trust is eroding fast.  According to the Pew Research Center:

The American public continues to fault news organizations for a number of perceived failures, with solid majorities criticizing them for political bias, inaccuracy and failing to acknowledge mistakes. But some of the harshest indictments of the press now come from the growing segment that relies on the internet as its main source for national and international news.

Distrust of the news is a problem if you’re in the news business but it’s an even bigger problem if there is a more trusted alternative.  Harris Interactive has just released a study of who people trust and coming in at number 5 is the news business’ worst nightmare…

NEW YORK ( — The most reputable company in America: Google, which toppled Microsoft from the top perch in the 2007 Harris Interactive Reputation Quotient study released today — and sent it tumbling all the way down to No. 10.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin New York Times

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CNN Video: Urban farmers living off land

20 Jun

We’ll be seeing more and more of this in the coming years.  This family just happens to have figured it out a little early.

June 15, 2008. CNN’s Thelma Gutierrez reports on a family living the ultimate green lifestyle on an urban farm in Pasadena, California.


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A Win for the Open Internet in Canada

19 Jun

I’m glad to see this going in the right direction:

Happy to announce that yesterday Chairman of the CRTC, Konrad von Finckenstein, told the telecommunications industry that network neutrality is an important and impending issue. For open Internet advocates this is a major win. It signals that the CRTC has started to give in to public pressure, and accept that they will need to deal with this issue.

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Editor’s Weblog features NowPublic

18 Jun

Headline: Citizen Journalism site NowPublic adds new features to “increase credibility and trust”

According to a press release from PRNewswire, the citizen journalism website NowPublic has added three news features, which include  “a member ranking system, a presence stream and a news dashboard.”

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