Skyway Recommended January 7th to 13th

Each Monday we’ll pass on links to articles we thought were well worth reading from the previous week, for those who live where we do (British Columbia, Canada), work like we do (high speed business internet), and think about things we do (internet trends, internet privacy, internet censorship, cutting-edge technology, etc.). If you don’t want to wait ’til Monday, we usually tweet and link to these as we come across them

NY Times | Smartphones Becoming Life’s Remote Control

The smartphone is no longer just a portable computer in your pocket. It has become the remote control for your life. Want to flip off the living room lights, unlock your front door or get a reading of your blood pressure? All of this can be done through mobile apps that work with accessories embedded with sensors or an Internet connection. Read More…

IT World Canada | Do Canada’s proposed antispam regulations contain significant loopholes and exceptions?

Industry Canada has released its second version of proposed regulations for Canada’s dormant antispam legislation, which supporters hope will lead to the law finally going into force. But it isn’t clear if the latest draft, released late last week, will be the final word or when the law will become live. Read More…

IT World Canada | Canada’s high speed research network CANARIE may levy connection fee

When the Harper government cut funding last spring to the CANARIE ultra-high speed research network, few expected the universities, hospitals and scientific institutions that use it would cheer. They haven’t. Now, with three rounds of public consultations scheduled for later this month, there are questions about what CANARIE will do to comply with Industry Canada’s request the agency engage in “cost recovery” to meet the roughly $3 million a year in federal funding it has lost. Read More…

Canada Gazette | Does your email qualify as SPAM according to Industry Canada’s latest draft of Anti Spam Legislation?

Canada’s Anti-spam Legislation was tabled as Bill C-28 on May 25, 2010, and was granted Royal Assent on December 15, 2010. The Electronic Commerce Protection Regulations (“Regulations”) define key terms and concepts necessary to bring the legislation into force. Read More…

CBC | Canadian Anti Spam Legislation waiting on Industry Canada for two years

If you’re wondering what happened to the Conservative government’s much-publicized anti-spam law, you’re not alone. Many consumers and opposition MPs want to know why the legislation, passed two years ago, still is not in force. Read More…

NY Times | Mobile Apps Drive Rapid Change in Search

When the Federal Trade Commission decided last week to close its antitrust investigation of Google without charges, one important factor, though hardly mentioned, was just beneath the surface: the mobile revolution. Read More…

InfoWorld Slideshow | 7 Great 2012 Techie YouTube videos

Either I’m getting senile, or YouTube had a banner year for entertaining videos in 2012. (Are we still calling them “viral videos?” No? OK then.) The online video colossus was good enough to ruin my morning productivity on Monday with an impressively complete retrospective, so here’s a look at the best tech-related YouTube clips to make the roundup. See Slideshow…


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