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Torrent users, rejoice. File sharing website and BitTorrent tracker Demonoid is back online after being shut down since late July.

A BitTorrent tracker like Demonoid lets its users find torrents – small pieces of a file separated onto different hosts – that can then be downloaded as a complete file.

Often, torrents are hosted by “seeders” – or uploaders – and downloaded by “leechers”.

Though torrent hosting and distribution is illegal in many countries, there are a number of torrent websites, with Demonoid being one of the most notable.

Matt Lischynski, a Demonoid user for several years, said he didn’t expect it to ever come back, but welcomed the news.

“When the website comes back, I’ll be using it,” said Lischynski. “It’s how I get my music – a lot of stuff I can’t find in music stores.”

Lischynski said he uses the service to download roughly 10 to 15 albums a month.

Even with the shutdowns, Bernie Monette, program coordinator for web development at Humber, said Demonoid doesn’t risk losing its large user base.

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Malls run by Cadillac Fairview are hoping to keep Ontario residents north of the border with extended shopping hours for Black Friday.

Black Friday, which falls on the day after American Thanksgiving this week, is one of the busiest shopping days of the year in the U.S., and Cadillac Fairview wants that business to stay close to home.

“It’s certainly a hope to keep shoppers within Canada,” said Meredith Vlitas, the senior marketing director at Toronto’s Eaton Centre. “We wanted to help Torontonians avoid long lines, the commute, and be able to find deals in the comfort and convenience of their own back yard.”

Canadians saw an increase in duty-free exempt goods on June 1, raising the amount from $50 to $200 on 24-hour trips south and from $400 to $800 on stays of 48 hours or more, making shopping trips to the U.S. far more enticing for Canadians.

Deloitte, a Canadian professional services firm, released a survey saying nearly 40 per cent of Ontarians plan to head south for their holiday shopping.

While Cadillac Fairview said in a release that the extended shopping hours aim to keep shoppers spending their money in Ontario, a separate Deloitte survey shows store hours may not have anything to do with where or why shoppers spend. Continue Reading…

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For Humber business professor Earl Hotrum, awards and accolades come second to letting people know about the academic and community-based work he is doing in China.

Hotrum received the West Lake Friendship Award from China’s Zhejiang province in part for his work with Humber’s exchange program with Ningbo University.
The award means more to the university than it does to him personally, said Hotrum.

In his four years working full-time at Ningbo –located in Zhejiang on the east coast of China – Hotrum has been as much involved with outreach at the school and broader community issues, something he said the award recognizes.

“They take into consideration other things,” said Hotrum, via VoIP from his home in China. “I’ve been involved with visiting other schools that have to do with the (Ningbo) university, and I coached the public speaking team for the university.” Continue Reading…

Grail Noble, the president and founder of Yellow House Events, is nominated for the RBC Momentum Award.

The Royal Bank of Canada has named the finalists for the 2012 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards.

There are 19 finalists in total, divided into six different cateogries.

Among the finalists are three Torontonians – Clara Angotti, Grail Noble, and Corrine Sandler.

Noble, the president and founder of Yellow House Events, said being named a finalist is an honour. Noble is nominated for the RBC Momentum Award.

“Momentum is a great word,” said Noble. “What I love about it, is it does speak to a company that is growing, that is moving in the right direction, and has a solid business plan for its next step.” Continue Reading…

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Clara Angotti, president and CEO of Next Pathway Inc., is honoured to be recognized for her work. (Photo by Jared Clinton)

RBC Royal Bank is set to honour the women of business with its 2012 Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards.

Clara Angotti, one of the nominees for the award, is no stranger to accolades like this. In 2011, the Women’s Executive Network named Angotti one of Canada’s most powerful women.

Angotti is being recognized for her work as president and CEO of technology consultation firm Next Pathway Inc.,

“The [nomination] is a nice validation for me personally – that I’ve done a good job – and then I think as well for our staff,” said Angotti. “It’s nice to be recognized for them, because I couldn’t do it without them.”

She said that young women looking to enter the business world should try to think “five steps down the road” and be thinking not just about the degree, but what they want to do once they’ve graduated.
While women may have some disadvantages when entering the workforce, Angotti said, they might bring to the table what some men may not. Continue Reading…

In addition to “liking” something on Facebook, users could soon be hitting “Collect” and “Want” buttons.

Facebook confirmed its plans to test a purchasing system in the near future, incorporating several retailers in the United States.

The buttons will allow users to tag products that they would like to buy or have their eye on.

“They’re identical,” said Tom Waddington from his home via Skype.

Waddington, a web developer for UK based Cut Out + Keep, an online community based on crafts, was the first to stumble across the “Want” coding. While looking through Facebook’s Javascript – the coding language the social media site uses – he spotted the “Want” button, and was curious about it.

“Stuff comes and goes quite a bit, actually. They’ll try new features, stuff will get shifted around – it’s active,” said Waddington. “With the ‘Want’ button, it just worked straight on.” Continue Reading…

OpenMedia.com is working towards a solution for Canadians. (Open Media Screen Grab)

When it comes to Internet access, Canadians aren’t getting the bang for their buck when compared to countries of similar economic standing.

Canadian Internet access is, “almost a human rights violation,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos told reporters during a September Merrill Lynch Media, Communications and Entertainment conference in Los Angeles .

“Canada does pay some of the highest prices for some of the worst Internet (access) in the industrialized world,” said Lindsey Pinto, the communications manager for OpenMedia.ca, a company working towards affordable Internet service for all Canadians.

Canadians see some of the steepest pricing in bandwidth overages and can face throttling – a process in which Internet providers control the speed of a user’s Internet.

Pinto said “big telecom” has a “strong ability to price gouge” because with little competition, they can afford to.

“One of the key things that we need to do is push back against big telecom, in order to create competition and to create a competitive check,” said Pinto, adding that OpenMedia’s Stop the Meter campaign is a good way for Canadians to fight for their Internet rights.

Michelle Noorenberghe, 18, a firstyear kinesiology student at University of Guelph-Humber and resident of North campus’s residences, said the available options are a concern.

The Internet bandwidth cap in residence – which limits her ability to download files, watch videos, and browse the internet to five gigabytes per week – can make completing school work difficult, she said.

“You find when you actually have to do your work, you have to ask friends to use their Internet,” said Noorenberghe.

Steve Lilley, an application developer for Union Gas Limited and freelance developer, uses Bell as his provider and said bandwidth caps can have an affect on his ability to complete his freelance work.

“There are times when I’m moving large documents to clients and it can concern me that I’m going to end up going over the bandwidth limit,” said Lilley.

Lilley has gone over his bandwidth limit before, and said that he had no idea that it had happened.

“My eyes just about popped out of my head,” he said. “There was no warning. I had to threaten to cancel my service just to get them to reduce the bill.”