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It's rare enough to have an industry-leading Web service that is based in Canada, let alone two of the top 10. But if you define "online virtual worlds aimed at children" as an industry, then that's what we've got with Club Penguin and Webkinz. The former just got acquired by Disney for an eye-popping $700-million,…

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Three hard-working, family-oriented guys from the picturesque mountain town of Kelowna, B.C. A website that is filled with nothing but wholesome, kid-friendly entertainment featuring that most kid-friendly of animals, the penguin -- and not a single advertisement, pop-up window or spyware-installing toolbar. The only way the Club Penguin story could be any more Canadian is…
As was widely rumoured a couple of months ago, Club Penguin is being acquired, but not by Sony, who was said to be deep in takeover talks with the company when I last wrote about it. Instead, the wildly successful virtual world for kids -- which was started by three guys from Kelowna, B.C. as…

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I didn't get a chance to write about this yesterday when it broke, but I think it's pretty amazing (if true) that ClubPenguin is talking with Sony about getting acquired for somewhere in the neighbourhood of $500-million or so (TechCrunch says $500-million, but PaidContent says that the price is closer to $450-million). Om Malik has…

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