This article originally appeared in 24hrs Vancouver on August 6, 2008.

If you’re a member of Centennial’s Class of 88 and have been Facebooked yet, head on over to Centennial88.v3.ca for info on your reunion. Tickets are $30 and get you (no spouses allowed) in to the fun at Centennial School. If you’re internet-less, you can pick up tickets at the Coquitlam Rec Centre on August 24.

If you don’t have an iPhone yet and are still wondering if it’s right for you, a little toy called the Samsung Instinct will make its debut tomorrow night at Republic. The phone, being launched this week on the Telus and Bell networks, has a touch screen and many similar features to the iPhone, with a cheaper sticker price.

The big boy, Amazon.com, has bought Victoria’s used bookseller, AbeBooks.com. “As a leader in rare and hard-to-find books, AbeBooks brings added breadth and expanded selection to our customers worldwide,” said Russell Grandinetti, of Amazon.com. The estimated $90M price tag includes provisions to keep the site as a stand alone operation in Victoria.

Techvibes.com had an interesting sidebar to the Sea-to-Sky highway closure this past week. Among those stranded were Firefox developers at Mozilla Summit 2008 in Whistler. Instead of complaining about the closure, David Ascher acted like a true software developer and filed a ticket in regards to the “bug.”

The Olympics open on Friday and the games will be revolutionary for online video. The CBC alone has committed more than1 500 hours to online broadcasting at CBCSports.ca, complete with a daily highlight package in Mandarin. The site is only accessible in Canada, so don’t expect to see clips on YouTube, as the IOC is expected to vigorously defend rights holders.

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