February 11, 2004   Blast Radius to acquire XMetaL from CorelVancouver-based Blast Radius has signed an agreement to acquire all of the assets of Corel Corp.’s XMetaL division. XMetaL sells an XML authoring product that complements Blast’s existing content collaboration product offerings. XMetaL customers include Nike Timing, CIBC World Markets, KBC Bank and Insurance, Texas Instruments, ICP Europe Publishing, Mercury Marine and Continental Airlines. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close within days, were not revealed.Auditor General identifies record-keeping problems at Heritage institutions, GOLAuditor General Sheila Fraser says Canada’s historical heritage is at risk due to problems with record-keeping at institutions such as the National Library of Canada. The watchdog notes in her report that unprinted documents such as microfilm, sound recordings, videos, electronic documents and CD-ROMs already constitute 37% of the Library’s collections. She writes: “These collections are at even greater risk than books because the media are less durable and need to be updated frequently due to the rapid evolution of new information technologies.” At the National Archives of Canada, Fraser raps officials on the knuckles for failing to develop a business case related to the preservation of electronic documents that the Archives is responsible for. Both institutions have agreed to take measures to address these shortcomings. Fraser also audited the Government On-Line initiative and found a lack of planning threatens to turn the project into an expensive and underused undertaking. In her report, the Auditor General finds that no single group within government is overseeing all aspects of delivering government services electronically.TELUS withdraws Pureradio trademark application as Moon Taxi takes overMoon Taxi Media has made its own trademark application for the term “Pureradio”, which was also filed by TELUS Corp. (CNM, Feb. 6/04). Moon Taxi co-CEO Alistair Mitchell says TELUS was acting on an interim basis to protect the name. Mitchell says his company’s “Puretracks” trademark covers derivatives but the application will solidify its rights to the name moving forward.Freeset wins GoldFreeset Interactive, Montreal, has won a GoldWorldMedal at the New York Festivals Interactive Awards in the consumer entertainment category for its interactive CD, In Vivo. The CD was designed for Montreal rap group Loco Lacass. The album contains 40 minutes of video material, multimedia content, and six music tracks.Quazal introduces new multiplayer game platformMontreal-based Quazal has launched its new Rendez-Vous system to aid in the development of online gaming. The platform is cross-platform compatible, and allows customers to use Quazal’s game hosting services or to license the back end software for implementation into any datacentre.Copyright extensions back on order paperBill C-36, which would have granted an extended term of copyright protection to the works of some dead authors, is reportedly back on the order paper in the identical form at which it stood when Parliament was prorogued last November (CNM, Nov. 21/03). The bill passed through the House of Commons but the end of the session interrupted its progress through the Senate on its way to becoming law. A government motion passed on February 10 reinstates C-36 and others to the order paper, sources say.