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1. What was curious about Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey’s press conference after the company announced that it had made a deal with Quebecor Media (TSX:QBR.B) to acquire all of Sun Media’s 175 English-language newspapers and digital properties for $316-million is that he did not mention The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail or the Winnipeg Free Press, which are the the only major English Canadian newspapers that Postmedia won’t own, assuming it gets CRTC approval for the deal. Instead, Godfrey invoked the names of some of the world’s tech giants.
2. Maybe selling things isn’t his strong suit.
Celebrated Canadian author Douglas Coupland made an appearance on BNN yesterday to promote his new book “Kitten Clone: Inside Alcatel-Lucent”. The segment was an unfocused and erratic take on the impact and importance of the internet that made for six-odd minutes of perplexing business television.
3. Spectra7 Microsystems (TSXV:SEV) is a name to watch in the burgeoning virtual reality gaming market, says Global Maxfin Capital analyst Ralph Garcea
4. With a high margin $65-million contract expected to close in the near term, Urthecast (TSX:UR) is currently a “major buying opportunity”, says Clarus Securities analyst Eyal Ofir.
5. Last week, Netflix got into a shouting match with the CRTC during its “Let’s Talk TV” hearings, held in Gatineau, which were meant to gather input from a variety of stakeholders and regular Canadians on the future of television in this country.
It was kind of an ugly exchange, but what it said about Canadians’ attitude to their own television landscape, quite clearly, was that we really don’t like Canadian TV very much and don’t particularly care if another Canadian TV show gets made ever again.
Most Popular Articles of 2014
1. Could lightning fast internet be on its way to Canada? Last week, Google posted a position on its own jobs board that could be an indication that the search engine giant might be planning to launch Google Fiber in Canada.
2. Canada’s medical marijuana industry is undergoing a sea-change. One need look no further than the public markets for evidence; the country’s first publicly traded marijuana play, Tweed Marijuana, recently began trading and boasts a market cap in excess of $100-million…
3. In 1992, the NHL introduced the “instigator” rule, handing an extra two-minute minor penalty to a player who starts a fight. Here in 2014, many video game fans think the book should be thrown at video game maker Electronic Arts for their efforts on the latest version of their wildly popular NHL franchise. But will EA’s reportedly awful effort on NHL 15 really cause its long-time fans to abandon ship?
4. Alberta artist Peter van Tiesenhausen has provided an interesting legal precedent in his long-running battle with oil companies seeking to run a pipeline through his 800 acre territory. He has copyrighted his land as a work of art…
5. The $5.2-billion, 12-year deal that Rogers Communications signed with the NHL back in November means it will assume full editorial control over “Hockey Night in Canada”, meaning the fates of on-air talent such as Bob Cole, Don Cherry and Ron Maclean is now in the publicly traded company’s hands….