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March 2004’s Posts.

  1. Music industry fails to prove infringement

    Canada’s Federal Court has ruled that the Canadian Recording Industry Association didn’t prove there was copyright infringement by the uploaders it was trying to sue. The judge, Justice Konrad von Finckenstein, also said that downloading isn’t illegal under the Canadian copyright law. The ruling, and its ramifications, will likely have a tremendous effect on Canadian cyberlaw.

  2. Print, past; future…?

    David Akin points out that the latest newspaper readership numbers show the papers are actually losing younger readers (or perhaps more accurately, they aren’t attracting new younger readers). So where are those people going for their news? Maybe the Web sites of said newspapers — I know I have for the past eight years or so.

  3. Netscape resurrected?

    Seems like Netscape as a browser may not be so dead after all. Rumours are swirling that sometime this summer will see a new version (likely dubbed 7.2 or 7.5) of the stalwart browser. The news has sparked some high-level in-fighting in the very public forums at MozillaZine about which version of Mozilla should be considered the stable, or gold-standard, for the next year or so.

  4. Black on TV

    Lord Conrad Black will now have to suffer the ignominy of a TV movie of his life; CTV has confirmed that it will be adapting the biography, Shades of Black. Of course, Black could do worse than have the Churchillian Albert Finney portray him

  5. Toronto’s subway at 50

    Toronto’s — and Canada’s — first subway system (which is now in desperate need of much more than the expected $1-billion funding boost) turns 50 today. The first line ran up and down 7.6 km of Yonge St. and even had its own song. Although the TTC site has a photo album of its major line openings, a much better picture can be found in the comprehensive Toronto Transit blog

  6. Magazines in Canada

    Wondering how Canada’s magazines are doing? The Montreal Gazette has nice overview of the magazine industry (thanks again, Steph).

  7. Watching the CBC lurch left

    It may be “Comedy Day in Canada,” but apparently Michael Connell isn’t laughing. He’s launched a new site to keep an eye on the creeping bias of the Mother Corp. Called CBC Watch, the site is designed to look like a community blog. Technically, it could be a community blog, but the only posts are by two anonymous users — “user2” and “Guest” — who share the same right-wing views.

  8. Singing with Opera

    You can talk to your browser…or, at least, the next version of Opera. The Norwegian browser will use IBM’s Embedded ViaVoice to let users navigate and fill-in forms just by speaking. Using the proposed XHTML+Voice (X+V) specification, the voice-enabled — or multimodal — browser neatly hits three markets:

  9. Microsoft AOL?

    From Friday, a New York Post article speculating Microsoft might be offered AOL. Slashdot digests the news, which provoked little coverage elsewhere.

  10. National Newspaper Awards nominees; CP goes wireless

    The 2003 National Newspaper Awards nominees were announced last Friday, with my employer taking 13 of 60, and the Toronto Star a close second at 12. The National Post got three nods.

  11. A defence of spam

    Over the weekend, Doug Saunders demonstrated, once again, his flair for writing in his defence of spam

  12. Two “me toos”

    Normally, I refrain from “me too” posts, but today Zeldman echoed my experiences over the past few weeks

  13. Out-sourcing writing

    Wired made a big deal of out-sourcing of programming work to India a couple of issues ago; now it seems India is also taking on editorial work. Although journalism shouldn’t be “at risk,” almost any other type of wrtiting — especially technical and marketing — could be

  14. Interviewing Bowman

    My pre-SXSW interview with Doug Bowman has been published over at Digital Web Magazine. He has also just published the details and slide shows for the two talks he mentions in the interview, “Hi-Fi Design With CSS” and “CSS: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” Continuing the SXSW presentation updates, Dan Cederholm has also posted his slide show for the former panel (incidentally, and quite coincidentally, Dan is only member of that panel I haven’t interviewed for Digital Web — perhaps we should remedy that…)

  15. Pre-rot link dump

    I’ve been burning the candles at both ends trying to persuade Web servers to behave and tame Netscape 4. The resulting production is a bit less valid and accessible than I’d like, but is a big step forward for the sites in question. Any way, there’s been a lot of good pieces online lately, and before the links rot, I’ll dump them here. (Things should return to normal in April.)

  16. Working for Asper

    An email landed in my inbox today pointing to a wonderfully ironic story: not only does Leonard Asper love convergence, he’d also like to own the newspaper I work for

  17. Webmonkey’s last hurrah and other goodies

    The last hurrah of Webmonkey is a good one. The cheekily named “The End-All Guide to Small-Screen Web-Dev” covers the history and the technology behind small-screen devices, while still managing to offer pages of design and development tips.

  18. Stevie’s “big bad”

    Stevie Cameron rose to fame by exposing the skeletons lurking in the closets of people like our former prime minister, Brian Mulroney. Since November her former employer, and my current one, has been doing the same to her. The Globe and Mail claimed she was a confidential informant for the RCMP. At first Cameron denied it, and then when more evidence became available, she conceded she might have been considered a source. Antonia Zerbisias’ recent column explains why this is “big bad” (thanks Steph)

  19. Oops, we did it again

    No paper likes running corrections once, let alone twice, but that’s what the L.A. Times had to do when an overzealous editor altered a story to suggest an opera was against abortion

  20. The press gallery blog

    A former student of mine, Elaine O’Connor, has just launched a new journalism-related blog promising journalism students (and non-students) everything they “ever wanted to find on-line in j-school but were afraid to waste time looking for,” including “a little sass, a lot of links, non-fiction book reviews, headline media news, job and reporting resources, discussion boards and opinion pieces.”

  21. Netscape for IE!

    Now, for all those who love Netscape, but use Microsoft’s browser, get the new Netscape Toolbar for Internet Explorer! (thanks MikeyC)

  22. IE7

    I’ve been sitting on Dean Edwards’ incredible set of enhancements for Internet Explorer since last Wednesday. As you may be aware, word of his IE7 development is sweeping across the community, and it’s not surprising why. With a few lines of script, Edwards has found a way for Internet Explorer 5.5 and 6 to support complex CSS selectors.

  23. Saving online newspapers

    Another community — the online news one — is buzzing about an article written by Vin Crosbie about “what newspapers and their Web sites must do to survive.” Most who know the industry say Crosbie has nailed it, and I’d generally agree

  24. Canadian copyright ruling brings hope

    A quick legal update, from Michael Geist, on Canadian copyright law

  25. Eolas invalid

    Missed this over the weekend, but the infamous Eolas patent — the one claiming ownership over plug-in technology — has been invalidated by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. This should mean the expected service pack for Internet Explorer 6 won’t include the “fixes” Microsoft released five months ago, which in turn, revealed how to install multiple versions of said browser

  26. CBC’s online gambit

    Following-up on Wednesday’s item on the CBC archives, there’s speculation that the music may be partly to blame. Although the CBC has an agreement with SOCAN for its radio broadcast, it allegedly has none for its Web content. Nor does the broadcaster have online rights to some of the content produced by freelancers. All this may help explain the clips canishing from the Web site.

  27. The Globe at 160

    Canada’s self-proclaimed national newspaper (and my national paper) is also older than the country itself; the Globe and Mail celebrates its 160th anniversary today

  28. Big redesigns

    The infrequent posts here are a result of the work I’ve been doing on the biggest CSS redesign I’ve been involved in. Though not a radical design, the underlying HTML has been completely re-worked to be both more semantic, more accessible, and less invalid. Look for it soon

  29. Public broadcasting a “monster”

    News on the CBC…

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