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FP Tech Desk: Ottawa to review Apple Canada’s iBookstore

REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Apple chief Steve Jobs demonstrates the popularity of the Apple iBooks application for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch at an Apple event in April 2010

September 8, 2010 – 10:18 am

Michael Geist, among Canada’s foremost experts on copyright law, reported Tuesday on his blog that Governor General Michaëlle Jean has ordered the federal government to review Apple Inc.’s Canadian iteration of its iBookstore.

The review is authorized by section 15 of the Investment Canada Act, which allows for investments in Canada to be reviewed if the venture “falls within a prescribed specific type of business activity that, in the opinion of the Governor in Council, is related to Canada’s cultural heritage or national identity.”

So it would appear that Canada’s government believes there is a connection between Apple investing in a Canadian digital bookstore and the nation’s cultural identity. Whatever that connection may or may not be is entirely unclear, though Mr. Geist notes the review “may help explain the delay in the full launch of Apple online bookstore for the iPad.”

A spokesperson for the federal department of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages confirmed the government has indeed ordered a review of Apple’s Canadian iBookstore in order “to determine if it will be of direct cultural benefit to Canada.” The spokesperson declined to provide further details, noting that “detailed information about the review of specific investments is protected under the Investment Canada Act.”

A spokesperson for Apple in Canada said the company was aware of the review.

The government might do well to start the review process by asking the millions of iPod, iPhone and iPad owners of Canada for their views on the matter.

Though we all already know what they would say., with a file from Matt Hartley

Isn’t there some oil you guys need to protect somewhere?  Isn’t there some oil you guys need to protect somewhere?  Here is the link to order issued by the Canada’s Privy Council Office



The first write up on the new AppleTV that actually makes sense.  It just happened to be a comment on Engadget by@David Corsi

“[The new Apple TV *isn’t* the black box pictured here, but your new iPhone 4, iPod Touch or iPad is.

This box will be the headless accessory to future handheld iOS devices which will stream video to your TV. AirPlay is coming in iOS 4.2 to allow your music, photos, and video on your handheld to travel to your TV. Is it far fetched to believe iOS 5.0 AirPlay will allow 3rd party developers access to the same option? Imagine the Hulu Plus app on your phone, or Twit video on your iPad, or anything else allowed to send its stream from your iPad etc. straight to your TV? Take it a step further in a few years with iOS 6.0 and faster handhelds and now you not only stream video but at the same time retain the interface on your device, ie. MLB baseball video on your TV with the stats in your hand selecting multiple camera angles, or a video game image on the TV while you maintain use of your iPhone as the gyro-based control.

The best part is the upgrades are in your hand, not the box attached to your TV, so Apple gets to sell more iPhones etc. ($$$$) while the same old $99 device your bought in ’10 needs no upgrades as it just does what it has always done, stream video. Heck Apple has announced that 3rd party speakers will come AirPlay compatible, wanna bet AirPlay functionality will appear in TV’s soon?

Apple TV is here, but it isn’t that black box.”

Of course here in Canada the box costs $119.  Also we don’t get TV shows (yet) or Netflix (yet).  So…we wait

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