Archive for June, 2008

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Sean John – Pin Stripe Suit

June 30, 2008

sean john charcoal pin stripe suit

New weekly suit is up on SuitUpp.com. This week its a Sean John Charcoal Pin Stripe suit. The list price on the website is $495. However, just type in the code “giveme200” (without the quotes) on the checkout page as the discount code to get $200 off the purchase price. At $295, this suit is a steal… We have very limited quantity of this one available. First come first served 🙂

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Talent First Network & Foundry Program partner with the Code Factory!

June 27, 2008

This is a major step for Ottawa!

I did a blog post about this on StartupOttawa.com which you can check out here: http://www.startupottawa.com/?p=284

congratulations to Luc Lalande, Dr. Tony Bailetti, and Ian Graham!

Aydin.

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My Talk for IEEE Ottawa tonight

June 26, 2008

Tonight I am doing an informal presentation for the IEEE Ottawa section at the Urban Well @ 7pm. The title of the presentation is “Untangling the Web”… Here are some of the things I’ll be talking about:

a) What is Web2.0 and what is Web3.0?

b) What are the most popular Web Services in use today?

c) How do these companies make money?

d) What are some of the more famous success stories (both in Canada and the US)?

e) How do you start a web-business in Ottawa?

The event is free to attend and you can find more information here:

http://ewh.ieee.org/r7/ottawa/gold/2008/Events.html

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Facebook Inbox Search

June 20, 2008

Facebook just announced that it will be adding an inbox search. This is similar to what all other email systems currently have (i.e. gmail, hotmail, yahoo)… I know I’ve really been wanting this for a long time and so I’m glad they’re adding it. So now you can search your Facebook inbox for that message your friend sent you a while back wihout having to go from page to page and clicking from message to message…

Now, Facebook, buddy ol’ pal… please, please, let me reply to facebook messages directly from my gmail account… I really hate how I have to click on a link to be redirected to facebook before I can reply back… If you do this, I’ll like you more than I already do… a lot more for that matter 🙂

Aydin.

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Tallia Blazer – $50 Off

June 19, 2008

As you know, SuitUpp.com is a very new company that sells only 1 suit a week and is built off of the Shopify.com platform. This week’s suit is a Tallia Blazer and you can get $50 off by entering the code “50offnow” (without the quotes) on the checkout page… This limited-edition Blazer is available only this week so make sure to check it out here.

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CIPPIC privacy complaint against Facebook

June 15, 2008

Harley Finkelstein sent me a message informing me of an initiative that he was involved in. Harley is lead investor at Innoventure Capital. The following is the media release:

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The Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), based at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, has asked the Privacy Commissioner of Canada to investigate alleged violations of Canadian privacy law by the popular social networking site, Facebook.

CIPPIC’s 35-page complaint alleges 22 separate violations by Facebook, including its failure to inform Facebook members of how their personal information is disclosed to third parties for advertising and other profit-making activities and its failure to obtain permission from Facebook members to such uses and disclosures of their personal information.
A team of law students, some of whom are dedicated Facebook users, analysed the company’s policies and practices as part of a clinic course this past winter and identified specific practices that appear to violate the Canadian Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”).

“Social networking online is growing phenomenon,” said Clinic Director Philippa Lawson. “It is proving to be a tremendous tool for community-building and social change, but at the same time, a minefield of privacy invasion. We chose to focus on Facebook because it is the most popular social networking site in Canada and because it appeals to young teens who may not appreciate the risks involved in exposing their personal details online.”

Facebook has more than seven million Canadian members, with more joining every day. This makes Canada the third largest user base, after the U.S.A. and the U.K. “Facebook purports to provide users with a high level of control over their data,” said Harley Finkelstein, one of the law students who lodged the complaint. “But our investigation found that this is not entirely true – for example, even if you select the strongest privacy settings, your information may be shared more widely if your Facebook Friends have lower privacy settings.
As well, if you add a third party application offered on Facebook, you have no choice but to let the application developer access all your information even if they don’t need it”.

Jordan Plener, another law student who worked on the complaint, noted that “although Facebook has taken steps to allow for more control over sharing one’s information on the site, its default settings are for sharing in most cases. Changing those settings requires a high level of aptitude and experience with the site. We believe that many Facebook Users, especially young people, don’t appreciate the extent to which their often sensitive personal information is being shared beyond their social circle.”

“We’re concerned that Facebook is deceiving its users,” said Lisa Feinberg, another law student behind the Complaint. “Facebook promotes itself as a social utility, but it’s also involved in commercial activities like targeted advertising. Facebook users need to know that when they’re signing up to Facebook, they’re signing up to share their information with advertisers.” Under PIPEDA, the Privacy Commissioner has up to a year to investigate and render her findings on the complaint.

For a copy of the complaint and more information, see http://www.cippic.ca under “CIPPIC News” and “Projects – Privacy – PIPEDA complaints”.

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University of Ottawa – Startup Hub

June 15, 2008

These days web startups don’t need too many resources to get started. An internet connection, a place to work, some basic capital, and a motivated team may be the beginning. I am writing this post from the University of Ottawa where I’m sitting amongst 2 other groups who are working on their own startups.

The University of Ottawa happens to keep alumni credentials (i.e. usernames/passwords) active and this is why a lot of already-graduated students come back to where they spent 4(+) years of their lives studying. I’m sitting amongst 2 groups right now but happen to know of another 3 that work out of this University. I’m sure that the situation is similar in Carleton, Algonquin, and other colleges and Universities.

These are groups that you won’t typically meet at a BarCamp/DemoCamp. These are the groups that prefer to stay stealth for a long time. I typically argue with them that there is a lot of benefit that they can seek from the community, yet, it’s difficult to get the message to sink in.

As far as I’m concerned, Ottawa is a startup town. We have a huge student population (probably close to 70,000) and a lot of very experienced senior executives. If we could connect these disparate groups, I think we’d have amazing results.

Aydin.