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CRTC tries to close down wireless competition and Tony Clement reverses the CRTC decision.

Bell and Rogers take a hit on Clement’s decision.

Copenhagen… is he related to Nina Hagen?

Facebook starts messing with privacy settings and catches Zuckerberg off guard.

Has Eric Schmidt been caught out on claims that nothing is private on the net?

Mozilla rep. wants people to start using Bing after Schmidt’s privacy comments.

Top iPhone apps in Canada for 2009… well… with Andrew’s Nokia picks thrown in.

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an impromptu discussion on Sarah Palin coming to Hamilton, ON to discuss socialized medicine. WTF?

Are you up for Avatar?

Movie studios claim record profits in 2009… wherefore evil piracy?

Some of the box office numbers as they stand today.

Facebook movie gets a release date. Are Sorkin and Fincher enough to carry it?

Websites of the Week

Andrew – brightkite.com – let people know where you are all the time.

Mike – teuxdeux.com – a simple browser-based to do app.

Heather – The Daily Dish – Andrew Sullivan takes on politics, society and media.

Anth – pagetweet.com – Create a tinyurl for a website and append your comment for anyone who follows it.

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The Constantines and Feist – Islands in the Stream from our friends at Arts & Crafts.

I’ll be your sponsor Mike… hell, I’m up late enough for a crisis of gadgetry even for left coasters…

Twelve Steps of Appleholics Anonymous:

  1. Admit you are powerless over Apple—that your gadgets are unmanageably proprietary albeit sleek and sexy.
  2. Believe that a ubiquity greater than Mac could restore you to sanity.
  3. Decide to turn your purchasing and your devices over to the cause of ubiquity as you understand it.
  4. Make a searching and fearless inventory of your computer desks.
  5. Admit to yourself, and to everyone else you looked down your nose at, the exact nature of your wrongs.
  6. Be ready to have mixed platforms replace all your proprietary iDevices.
  7. Humbly ask John Hodgman to remove your shortcomings.
  8. Make a list of all persons you have snickered at for using their populist PCs, Microsoft products, Linux distros and Symbian phones, and be willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Make direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would result in them throwing said Symbian phones at your head.
  10. Continue to take desktop inventory and when you find an “i” or “Mac” prefix promptly discard it.
  11. Seek, through budgeting and Google Maps, to improve your conscious contact with discount electronics vendors instead of the Apple Store, seeking only for knowledge of a bar that doesn’t self-aggrandizingly proclaim “Genius” .
  12. Having had a consumer awakening as a result of these steps, carry this message to Appleholics, and practice these principles in all your gadget and device acquisitions.

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  • Vintage Looks – Retro furniture is just a click away…
  • Twitrdoo – The paradoxical productivity solution…

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As the second funniest person involved with DyscultureD, I tend to find the second-tier stories that further augment our argument that pop culture phenomena can often be dysfunctional.  With that in mind, I’d like to introduce a little segment I’ve named in homage to the great Walter Cronkite: And That’s The Way It – WHAT?

This week, researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Centre in New York discovered that Brilliant Blue G can help mend spinal injuries.  A revolutionary breakthrough, indeed.  However, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that Brilliant Blue G is also the food dye that is used in making Blue M&Ms.

Oh, and one of the side effects is that when injected with the compound, the skin of the patient turns temporarily blue.

Well, at least with a healthy spine one can run away from Gargamel should he mistake them for a giant Smurf.