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Canadian ISPs required by law to notify users of illegal downloads

Canadian ISPs required by law to notify users of illegal downloads

January 1st saw a new law, part of the Copyright Modernization Act, go into effect in Canada that requires internet service providers and website hosts to notify their users when copyright holders have detected illegal downloading. When an ISP now receives a letter of complaint from a copyright holder, they must forward it to the customer tied to the IP address associated with the download, or face fines of up to $10,000. The same applies to VPN (virtual private network) services, who must also record customer logs for a least 6 months.

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Canadian Supreme Court rules police can search cell phones without warrant

Canadian Supreme Court rules police can search cell phones without warrant

On Thursday the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in a 4-3 vote that police officers are not required to have a judge sign a warrant in order to search a suspect's cell phone. While this certainly sends up red flags for privacy advocates, and rightly so, there are certain requirements that need to be met for a cell phone search to be valid.

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Canadian teen arrested for Florida swatting pranks

Canadian teen arrested for Florida swatting pranks

A Canadian teenager has been arrested for carrying out "swatting" pranks in Florida, an act that involves calling in fake threats to get law enforcement and SWAT teams deployed on unsuspecting victims. This isn't a new "prank", and videos have surfaced over recent months of gamers who were caught off guard by invading law enforcement officials -- the events were captured with webcams running at the time. The teenager is 17-years-old, and his identity has been concealed because he is a minor.

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The Core holographic speaker blasts past $1m milestone

The Core holographic speaker blasts past $1m milestone

Remember the Core wireless speaker? We detailed it back in September when it was still wet behind the ears on Indiegogo. Though only on the crowdfunding website a short while, the device -- which stands out from the crowd on a platform involving holographic audio -- was already seeing notable success. Fast-forward to this past weekend, and the campaign reached it ends, with the makers having hit 2,379-percent of their goal with more than $1 million in pledges. According to the makers, more than 3,000 Cores will be shipped to backers in 80+ countries.

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Taylor Swift song is 8 seconds of static, still hits #1 in Canada

Taylor Swift song is 8 seconds of static, still hits #1 in Canada

How often do you download a song without previewing it first? If it is an artist you're fond of, the odds are likely high, as you figure it's something you'll want in your collection. We have to assume that is the reason behind what happened in Canada recently, where a newly released Taylor Swift song hit the #1 slot...even though it was only 8 seconds of loud, obnoxious static. It's either that, or our Canadian friends have a rather eclectic taste in music.

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Netflix and Rogers partner up on next original series

Netflix and Rogers partner up on next original series

Canada is getting some love from Netflix, and the end result will be yet another original series, this one called Between. The show has a survivalist slant, and revolves around a city that has been ravaged by an odd disease that kills those above 22 years of age. This will join the company's other recent pushes for more original content, including the announcement that it will be working on some movies with Adam Sandler, launching a second Crouching Tiger movie, and that it has nabbed the series Peaky Blinders.

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Spotify launches across Canada (finally)

Spotify launches across Canada (finally)

We've seen hints of it before, and now it has finally happened: Spotify has officially launched in Canada, just time for those long winter months spent indoors. The announcement came from the company itself this morning, and includes service across your mobile devices in addition to the Web.

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Google Glass might be arriving in Canada soon

Google Glass might be arriving in Canada soon

Our Canadians friends could be seeing Google's wearable arrive in the near future, at least if a card surfacing in a recent pair of Glass is any indication. Nothing firm has been stated, but the card serves as a pretty solid hint that the wearable could finally be making its way north.

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Canadian National Defense summons iRobot with $9.6M in contracts

Canadian National Defense summons iRobot with $9.6M in contracts

Remember the words of warning given to use by the wise Weird Al Yankovic, for today, Canada’s Department of National Defense is summoning iRobot with defense contracts. They’ll be working primarily with 20 iRobot 510 PackBot CBRN Recce Systems, each of them working to detect Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives.

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