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Lunch Break Tech: November 17, 2011

Video: The Future of Free Energy

News Headlines

CRTC’s internet ruling may boost prices
As both small Internet service providers (ISPs) and proponents of open, inexpensive broadband availability in Canada continue to sift through the complex decision, a disquieting theme in their reaction is emerging: The CRTC got the pricing model right, but the regulatory body’s accompanying rate structure is going to hurt consumers. – The Chronicle Herald

Ottawa to review CRTC ruling on internet billing
The federal government says it will review this week’s decision by the country’s telecommunications regulator to allow large Internet providers to use new capacity-based billing for independent service providers. – Financial Post

Hackers targeting Canada
The average Canadian public company suffered 18 breaches in 2011, up from less than 12 breaches a year earlier, according to a joint study from Telus and the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.  – The Globe and Mail

Holiday price drop on BlackBerry PlayBook
(Rumor) Canadian retailers will be dropping the price of PlayBooks for November 18th to Decemer 1st: $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB. – The Verge

RIM sued over BBX trademark
A US software company is taking BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion to court over its use of the name BBX for its new operating system. – The Register

Microsoft Surface 2 goes on pre-order
Microsoft Surface, the uber-cool, yet incredibly bulky technology that supports touch and device interaction was trimmed down earlier this year at CES 2011 to become the super svelte Microsoft Surface 2.0. Now its Samsung incarnation, the SUR40 is ready for pre-order in 23 countries (including the U.S.) and could arrive in stores, hospitals, restaurants and more by early 2012. – Mashable

Skype desktop app now makes Facebook video calls
With the just announced Skype 5.4 Beta for Mac and Skype 5.7 Beta for Windows, you can initiate a Facebook video call without having to open up your browser and log in to the social networking site. – CNet Downloads

Facebook identifies those responsible for the spam attacks
Facebook says it knows who is behind the coordinated spam attack resulting in a huge flood of links, videos, and images depicting pornography, acts of violence, self-mutilation, and bestiality on the site. – ZDNet

Mac hits 5% worldwide market share
Fueled by strong gains in Asia Pacific during the September quarter, Apple saw its worldwide share of the PC market pass the 5 percent mark for the first time in 15 years, according to a new analysis. – AppleInsider

PayPal launches Facebook app for sending money to friends
The app, simply titled Send Money, is just as straightforward as its name. You have the choice to send either an ecard with money or just money with no card. – Mashable

Financial Post’s Today in Tech: November 17th
Tech firms making news this morning: Research In Motion Ltd., Apple Inc., Dell Inc., Sina Corp. and Inc. – Financial Post

Productivity through Technology

The Best Productivity Podcasts of 2011
Remember self-help tapes? You used to throw them into your car or Walkman when you were going on a lengthy trip so that you could “grow on the go” and hope to return home all the better for it. Or you’d put them on rather than read at night so you could improve various aspects of your life. Well, podcasts that discuss various aspects of productivity very well could be the evolution of those self-help tapes. – Stepcase Lifehack

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