Year in review: June 2011

The month was highlighted with a victory for the little guy: Toronto’s i4i Inc. won a US$300 million patent infringement decision over Microsoft in a U.S. court. “I wouldn’t say the whole building started to shake” as word spread in the office, said i4i’s chairman, “but close to it.” 
No news is good news: After months of worries about the stability of early IPv6 implementations, a world-wide test found few problems.
In privacy news, the people behid LulzSec made headlines by leaking a database of 62,000 Web logins and passwords. Meanwhile, Ontario privacy commissioner Ann Cavoukian attacked geo-location technology as a risk to Canadian privacy. 
Recently-appointed Hewlett-Packard CEO Leo Apotheker moved to make his mark on the company with an executive shuffle, days after the company announced the release date for its much-anticipated TouchPad tablet and its webOS operating system.
Wireless startup Wind Mobile won a major court battle to maintain its licence, but lost a seamless roaming case against Rogers. Then industry observers wondered whether Wind was hitting subscriber targets after chairman Anthony Lacavera took over as CEO. 
The tentative moves by Canadian municipalities to give their residents access to their data got a boost when the city of Ottawa formalized its open data initiative. 
With the federal government still drafting its telecom strategy, speakers at a Canadian communications conference sent a unified message to Industry Canada and Parliament: Wireless companies need lots more spectrum. Here’s why. 
A Vancouver company acquired an embryo cloud computing U.S. firm that made headlines in IT publications around the world. That’s because the company it bought was owned by a 15-year-old developer. 
The engineering department at Ottawa’s Carleton University gained a technology lab thanks to a partnership with Telus Communications Co. and network equipment maker Huawei.
Having trouble with memory? IBM said it struck a breakthrough in creating phase-change memory chips. Don’t forget to read this. 
Cisco Systems had been relatively quiet about its Cius tablet, but the company did reveal the creation of an apps store in advance of the device’s release. And here’s a look at some of them.

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