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Rogers and Bell buy MLSE

This deal just rubs me the wrong way as it show how little competition exist in the Canadian media market. Now that the deal is done Rogers and Bell will divi up the prized Leafs hockey games between their network. Taking more games off over the air broadcast, ensuring that customers will have to pony up more money to see the leafs in action.
Moreover, this deal shows that Rogers and Bell are operating like a cartel. Which does not bode well for television, cellular and Internet users in Canada. With only two mega corporations, consumers have nowhere to turn to for a better deal. After a deal like this how can Bell and Rogers argue they are truly competing with each other.
At a minimum I feel that the CRTC needs to seriously need to look at separating the content creation and delivery arms of both these companies.

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More control over my info?

All things Digital has a post about some recent surveys that show users want more control over who can see and what they present in their online profile. The findings are not all that shocking, as we become more connected people are becoming more aware about what they are sharing online.

Personally, I’ve has started to become more selective about the type of materials I am posting on Facebook along with no longer linking all my various social network feeds into Facebook. Netflix’s new Facebook sharing feature is a prime example. The main reasons I didn’t link the service to my profile, is that the service will automatically post status update about every video you watch unless you remember to flag a do not post option when you begin watching the video. Not only does this spam your friends list with your viewing habits, it could potentially reveal things about your personality and interest to people who you would not normally want to share it with. I do not want my friends knowing about my addiction to romantic comedies.

For me a more logical option would be an opt-in policy where you would highlight video that you found exceptional and would recommend to your friends.

Tweeting about work.


C-net editor Daniel Terdiman ran an interesting piece today about a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, who’s twitter account has been suddenly deactivated after she tweeted about being hit accidentally by one of the players on the sidelines. While the Cowboys organisation says they had nothing to do with the account being taken offline, it seems strange that to have happen so soon after the events in question. Now it is possible that the cheerleader was getting a tone of random tweets due to her new found celebrity and this caused her to remover her account, but I find that hypotosys highly unlikely. The explanation offered up by Terdiman seems quite a bit more plausible.

Do you own your twitter account?


Ars Technica once again has an interesting blog post about ownership of twitter account. An online blog called Phone Dog is suing a former employee for taking his twitter account, and more importantly its followers, with him when he left the company. This is possible because twitter is one of the few online services which let you rename an existing account. A feature I’ve yet to take advantage of, but really quite useful as your online persona evolves overtime.

So this whole stink again raises the complex issue of where the boundary between professional and personal online personas exist. Personally I that this issue is only a result of the newness of twitter, any new company should now be thinking about these issue and establishing an employee twitter policy. One that explicitly states whether or not employees should be keeping a professional and personal profile and what kind of materials is a appropriated for each.

The groundswell manifest itself politically


This article in the New York Times really caught my eye this week. Here is a tangible manifestation of how the narrow interest of Internet culture can manifest itself politically. In Berlin, Pirates Win 8.9 Percent of Vote in Regional Races This is the Groundswell in action, disparate actors banding together politically via the internet to enact real change on the political system. It will be interesting to see if, they can get anywhere politically now that they are swimming with the big sharks. It might be tough given this climate of fiscal austerity.