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Microsoft criticizes Google for 'gotcha' approach to bug disclosure
The Verge
Microsoft has criticized Google for deliberately publishing details of a vulnerability in Windows 8.1 two days before a fix was due to be released. Google published details of the bug as part of its Project Zero initiative, which it claims gives companies enough advanced warning — 90 days exactly — to fix vulnerabilities before they go live.
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New copyright law is already being abused to threaten Canadian Internet users with ridiculous penalties for downloading
Vancouver SObserver
Soon after new copyright rules went into effect in Canada, ISPs are already receiving notices from Big Media giants that contain misleading and threatening statements, according to top copyright expert Professor Michael Geist. In a blog this morning, Geist included a copy of one such notice that was forwarded to him by a Canadian ISP, according to an OpenMedia press release. Included in the notice are misleading allegations that the alleged infringer could be sued for up to $150,000, and face the possibility of being disconnected from the Internet.
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Top 5 reasons to use responsive website design
Tech.co
The introduction of smart devices and their ease of availability have shifted the use of the internet, from desktop PCs to hand-held smart devices. A research suggests that the year 2015 will witness internet usage on mobile devices to match the usage on desktops. This means that all businesses should ensure that their websites are compatible with these devices.
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Google to blame for Gmail shutdown, say Chinese state media
The Guardian
Google's unwillingness to obey Chinese law is to blame for the shutdown of its hugely popular email service, state-run media have said after the last easy way to access Gmail was apparently blocked. "China welcomes the company to do business on the prerequisite that it obeys Chinese law; however Google values more its reluctance to be restricted by Chinese law, resulting in conflict," the Global Times said in an editorial.

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10 Web design trends you can expect to see in 2015
The Next Web
Every year, Web design grows and so many awesome things are being published daily. I can only imagine that the best is yet to come in 2015, including many of the trends we predicted for 2014. While many of those trends will still be around in 2015 (and probably 2016), it's time to see what new trends are likely to emerge in 2015.

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The top tech stories of 2014 shaping the future of the Internet in the U.S.
Latin Post
This year, more than any in recent memory, we awoke to the realities of the problems and promise inherent in what has become our hyper-connected, 21st century lives. Nearly every major technology story of the year — from the Net Neutrality debate to major hackings — impacted how we view the Internet, how increasingly important it is to everyone, and how it will evolve in the future.

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New OLG online gambling site has some users frustrated
City News
The OLG's new online lottery system has only been up for a small while but has already got off to a bit of a bumpy start and saw many users taking to social media to complain about the service. To register, customers must enter all the information exactly how it appears on their government identification, which ensures residents of Ontario can log in. It is also supposed to guard against anonymous play and protect against the use of the site by underage gamblers.
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The evolution of web application firewalls
Tech Cocktail
Technological advances related to computing and the Internet have affected every one of us. The Information Revolution that the Internet has made possible is affecting society just as dramatically as the Industrial and Agricultural Revolutions of the past, but there is an unpleasant side to progress. Criminal use of the Internet, or hacking, is an unavoidable part of information technology development.
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BlackBerry unveils Internet of Things platform at CES
CBC News
BlackBerry jumped into the Internet of Things recently, announcing at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that the company is making a hard push into having its technology installed on the growing numbers of everyday items connected to the internet. The Waterloo, ON-based smartphone company said at the world's largest technology conference it would focus initially on the automotive and asset-tracking industries to install BlackBerry technology on their devices.
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Canada backs internet 'direct democracy' abroad, but faces questions at home
CBC News
Canada wants to help undermine repressive regimes using the power of the web, says Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, who announced recently his government is throwing its support behind a "digital public square" project launched by the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. Baird said it's Canada's latest foray into the field of "direct diplomacy," a strategy to bypass repressive regimes and reach out directly to people in countries that do not allow free debate.
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Shaw's new pricing plans have Internet in an uproar
Huffington Post
Customers of Internet provider Shaw Communications are once again accusing the company of effectively reducing internet speeds while raising prices. But this time, they're armed with Shaw's new pricing plans, which show considerably lower download speeds at similar price points as the company's previous internet plans.
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