Canadian Competition Bureau says Rogers ads were misleading


Canada’s largest cellular telecom by subscribers, Rogers Communications, could face stiff penalties imposed by the Canadian Competition Bureau (CCB), after an internal investigation into allegations made by competitors concerning advertising claims were found to be inaccurate.

The investigation was initiated last September following a complaint to the bureau by one of Canada’s latest discount telecom players, Wind Mobile, who argued information conveyed in television and print ads for the Rogers discount telecom, Chatr, were false and misleading.

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Apple iPad Availability Extends to South Korea This Month


The South Korean mobile telecom operator, KT, says the company will offer the Apple iPad to consumers in the country starting on November 30.

In anticipation of strong demand, the company started accepting preorders on November 17, and has already secured about 50,000 unit sales directly from the pre-orders.

With over a week until the hot tablet becomes available for in-store purchase, pre-sales could top 100,000 units.

KT offers the iPad for 218,000 won (USD $192) with a term, or up to 850,000 won (USD $748) contract-free.

Since the company launched the tablet about 11 months ago, demand has remained very strong, with over 7-million units sold to date.

Rival Research In Motion (RIM) has already unveiled its iPad competitor, the PlayBook, which is slated for a first quarter launch next year, at a price tag below $500, according to company executives.

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The Negative Economic Impacts of China’s Data Protectionism


Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Erica Newland from the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), a non-profit public interest organization based in Washington, DC.

Google’s recent whitepaper on censorship as a trade barrier has brought renewed attention to the global economic impact of policies that curtail the free flow of information, especially policies that have emanated from China. But reports on China’s censorship regime have failed to mention an important gear in its machine of information control, one that has huge implications for governments and business and that strikes at the heart of our notion of free flows of information: For many university students in China, information from abroad is, quite literally, not free.

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New Legislation Could Clear Way for Tiered Internet in the UK


The British government could pass new legislation allowing Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the United Kingdom to regulate the flow of web data provided to consumers, businesses, and government, according to new comments made by the country’s Communications Minister, Ed Vaizey, who said today at a technology conference that he favors tiered Internet traffic in the country.

The UK could become the first major economy to implement such a plan, essentially going against keeping the Internet neutral for all users.

Proponents of net neutrality argue ensuring equitable access to the Internet for all users fosters freedom of speech, innovation, and free-access.

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Microsoft unveils Lync, business telephone/video conferencing system


The world’s largest software vendor, Microsoft Corporation, today is readying the launch of its new telecommunications system called Lync.

Lync is a fully featured web communications platform that aims to have businesses replace existing telephone systems with the more cost efficient Lync system that aggregates various communication mediums including e-mail, instant messaging, voice and video conferencing all into one application.

The system integrates with other Microsoft applications and services, including SharePoint and Exchange support, including integration with the company’s latest version of Office.

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Facebook unveils social messaging system, with Facebook email addresses


facebookFacebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, today unveiled a new social messaging feature on Facebook (official blog post) at the company’s headquarters that aims to consolidate different communication medias into one primary place.

Users will be able to manage different e-mail addresses, their text messages, and Facebook messages directly from one application.

The Messages application would display conversations with friends, and friends of friends, with other non-personal messages being kept separate in another view.

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Google Board Approves Hefty Executive Compensation Raises


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The world’s largest online search company, Google, significantly increased employee payouts effective January 1, 2011, according to a public 8-K securities and exchange (SEC) filing published late last week by the company.

The Google Board of Directors approved the hefty increase in base salaries with added stock options for top-level executives at the company.

Four executives, including Patrick Pichette (Senior VP, CFO), Nikesh Arora (President, Sales & Business Development), Alan Eustace (Senior VP, Engineering, and Jonathan Rosenberg (Senior VP, Product Management), will all receive a significant 30-percent increase in their respective base salaries, bringing their new annual base salaries to $650,000.

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Fox vs. Cablevision TV Blackout Extends to Internet


Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Joseph Pope (Linkedin), who works in Broadcast Media. He previously worked at MTV Networks as a Senior Sales Planning Analyst. He has BS, Information Studies and Technology from Syracuse University, and has a MBA, Finance and Media Management from Fordham University.

Did you catch Fox’s hottest new fall TV drama? If you don’t live in the Northeastern United States, you may have missed it. It wasn’t a new show, but a contract dispute over carriage fees between Fox and their distribution partner Cablevision.

During fruitless contract renewal negotiations in mid-October, News Corporation-owned Fox blacked-out their channels from Cablevision households, affecting 3.5 million homes in Long Island, Brooklyn, New York City, Connecticut and New Jersey. Cablevision risked losing angry consumers who might abandon their service for competitors while Fox had to bear substantial decreases in ratings.

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Facebook brings Facebook Places social location feature to BlackBerry


fb-places-bbThe world’s largest online social network with over 500-million registered users, Facebook, has updated its mobile BlackBerry application to version 1.9.0.20, bringing new key features.

The most notable addition is Facebook Places integration, allowing BlackBerry Facebook users to check in at their current location, allowing friends to know where they are.

Facebook launched Places amid the growing popularity of other social location sharing websites, most notably the New York City-based check in service, Foursquare, which has received just over $21-million in total venture capital funding since being founded in February 2009.

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Ask.com search engine concedes defeat, to shut down


ask-searchThe California-based online search engine, Ask.com, which launched over ten years ago in 1996, has announced the company would discontinue its web-based search business, citing intensifying competition from top rivals like Google.

Ask.com will be transitioned into a question & answer online community with search functionalities, and the ability for members to post questions targeted directly to other community members who could post their own replies.

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