Dot com ransom

When wine.com and business.com sold for a record-breaking $2.9 and $7.5 million, respectively, at the height of the dot-com bubble, a growing number of people saw an investment opportunity which we’ve come to know as cybersquatting. In fact, a brand-jacking report released by MarkMonitor this spring shows that the practice has grown by approximately 40%…

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Family name etymology

In most parts of North India, you’ll come across some interesting family names which have roots dating back to their first ancestors’ professions, such as Screwvala, which literally means screw vendor. However, back down in South India, I was content with the fact that our names didn’t mean much; or at least that’s what I…

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What would you do

Last Monday, a father inadvertently left his 23-month-old son in Vancouver airport; a story which should remind you of Home Alone 2. No, the son didn’t thwart a midnight heist of Duncan’s Toy Chest, but nonetheless, Air Canada generously offered to fly the father all the way back from Winnipeg and to Vancouver again, which,…

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Inspiriert

For those of you who’ve pulled dusty Merriam and Webster out of the closet, the title’s German for “inspired”; and no, you’re not going to receive a Zertifikat Deutsch for guessing that anytime soon. I simply reckoned that if Audi could be brave enough to push “vorsprung durch technik” around the world, they must have…

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The incredible Brandini 2

Even as children back in grade six, we knew there was something special about the swoosh or those three stripes we found on our desks. They were brands that inspired. Brands that inspired you to make every last segment of pencil lead count, as your chemistry teacher turned to the periodic table on page 345.

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