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Morning Brew: March 27th, 2008

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Your morning news roundup for Thursday March 27th, 2008:

Canadian internet service providers are fuming after a decision by giant Bell Canada to selectively throttle down certain forms of data transfer on their shared lines (a blow to peer-to-peer bandwidth). It may soon take you several days to download the latest ripped screener, but legitimate data will also be affected.

In other net news, the internet is so overly bloated with crap and might come to a grinding halt, according to some experts.

Rob Ford's recent brush with the law is causing quite the media frenzy. The Star wins top honours for presenting a list of Ford's past controversial comments as "Outbreaks of Ford-in-mouth disease."

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TTC Strike Watch:
The Union has suggested that the April 1st deadline could be pushed back two weeks provided progress in contract negotiations is made along the way (i.e. they get their way). Union boss Bob Kinnear also hinted that work-to-rule is an option (meaning that service will be slowed intentionally). Are commuters feeling like hostages being held for ransom yet?

With renovation in mind, the TTC commission has voted in favour of abandoning the uniform tiled look, a move that is sure to cause a lot of creative innovation versus heritage preservation debate. I'm still of the opinion that this debate is premature and that money should go to fixing the functional problems with the transit system before we fight over its appearance.

The global energy awareness campaign dubbed Earth Hour has gained a lot of momentum as we near the big date. What will you be doing, in the dark, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. this Saturday?


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