Newsstand: December 23, 2009
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Newsstand: December 23, 2009

Looking for a sweet software deal this Boxing Day? Good news, everyone! A US court has upheld a ruling that some code in Microsoft Office 2007 infringed on a patent by Toronto-based i4i Inc and confirmed a $290-million (US) judgment against the software giant, who now has until January 11 to stop selling the offending productivity suite. Okay. So Staples is selling the entire Office package for almost nine hundred bucks right now…any wagers as to how long it’ll be before they’re giving away free copies with the purchase of McAfee?
A certain UB40 song is in our head after dead rats were found in the kitchen area of Cora Pizza at 656A Spadina Avenue. Cora had previously received two conditional passes, in March and in June, and three summons for failing to protect food from contamination, inadequate pest control, and failure to prevent a rodent infestation. However, “this time the sanitation seems to have deteriorated,” said Jim Chan, food safety manager for public health. “They also have a rat infestation.” Guess that means we’ll have to walk the, what, four feet south to Papa Ceo until Cora gets its act together? We’re so hard done by.
Have you noticed a sudden lack of waste receptacles in which to dispose of your rat-infested pizza slices? According to the Star, “the city’s contract with EcoMedia, supplier of the familiar stainless steel bins, expired in October. EcoMedia has been taking away its bins, resulting in some lag times before the arrival of the new containers supplied by Astral Media Outdoor…By the end of January, 4,000 of the new ones will be in place.” Nope. Not a slow news day at all.
Bet you thought we’d end today’s Newsstand with nary a mention of our favourite Rocket man, didn’t ‘cha? Well, all we have for you is that some low-income Torontonians told TTC Chair Adam Giambrone that they couldn’t afford a fare hike and, after looking at their thousand-signature petition, he told them that he couldn’t afford not to have one. There’s your fix. Now run along.