Got some money left over from Christmas? Britain’s Vertu Corp. said it would be glad to relieve you of over $11,000 for a titanium framed  model Ti Android handset with a (mere) 3.7-in. screen made of sapphire crystal.

By the end of the year the line had expanded to three models including one with a larger screen.

Meanwhile in this country the Harper government finally gave in to public pressure and abandoned its controversial Internet surveillance bill that would have compelled Internet service providers to give law enforcement agencies access to subscriber information without a warrant.

In addition, Maritime cable operator Eastlink finally launched its wireless service, four years after it bought the spectrum. The careful launch allowed it to skip a generation of technology – Wind Mobile and Mobilicity, who won spectrum in the same 2008 auction debuted with data service using the slower HSPA technology.

But readers were more interested in debating new Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s declaration that staff should be in the office, not telecommuting

Here’s links to highlights of other news that month:

Report links cyber group to Chinese army

Microsoft’s Bill Gates admits the company has blown it so far in mobile strategy

No surprise: A report says ERP cost overruns still plague enterprises

Canadian independent Internet service providers were unhappy with an important CRTC ruling. Read why

What can you do to protect yourself when travelling? An Ottawa Web site offers business travellers get security advice

Telus buys Ontario electronic health records provider

Canadian computer whiz grabs $1 million for brain teaser

Everyone wants a smart phone, but no one wants a cellphone tower near their home. After years of complaints from municipalities, Canadian carriers agree to consult with local authorities on locating cellphone towers