Quebec’s Preoccupation With French Is Limiting Its Startup Scene

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Montreal is an attractive place to form a startup, if you can tolerate the snow.
The rents are significantly lower than in any other major Canadian city. The universities, including “Harvard of the North” McGill, churn out thousands of highly skilled job applicants. There’s universal health care. There are concentrated enclaves of young, creative minds, and the kind of nightlife that attracts them The city has become a beacon for the gaming industry, and a burgeoning startup scene has begun to flourish. Montreal lures tech companies not so much with its low rents and plentiful Molson Dry, but mainly because of a generous tax credit for multimedia companies offered by the Quebec government, which pays 30% of employees’ salaries, sweetening the pot with an extra 7.5% if the company includes a French translation of their product in its initial release. Read more…
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French researcher finds gaping holes in security of DSL modems

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Whilst several vulnerable backdoors in various DSL (broadband) modems were revealed by security researchers last year, would-be hackers required relatively unfettered direct IP access to the device to carry out an attack.
Now a French researcher has discovered a series of wireless flaws on DSL modems from Linksys, Netgear and other vendors, which effectively gives attackers administration level access by simply resetting the modem’s configuration settings, so bypassing the firewall settings of the unit.
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