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Black Friday deals hit Canada, via the web

Our crazy cousins south of the border are once again choosing to celebrate Thanksgiving on a ridiculous day, six weeks after the real one. However, their insanity could be advantageous for you, because Black Friday - the shopping frenzy which has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with giving thanks - extends north of the border in many online deals. My colleague Maurice already reported on ways to buy physical goods across the border, but savvy Canadians can also take advantage of deals on downloadable software and avoid the whole nasty customs and excise mess altogether. 

Perhaps the most appealing is Valve's Give and Get sale, which runs November 24-29, and practically gives away a whole slew of games. Daily specials today include 75% off EVE Online: Tyrannis, and the ability to pick up Defence Grid: the Awakening for $2.50.

GameAgent also has what it is calling a CyberMonday flash sale. You have to follow on Twitter to get the details. And Amazon Canada is readying its deals site for opening at midnight tonight, PST.

In the iTunes store, many apps for the iPhone the iPad have also been slashed in price. Electronic Arts has shaved the price from a bunch of its titles, while GameLoft has also reduced pricing on its games to a dollar a pop (they're the guys that make Shrek Cart and Brothers in Arms).

Other software deals: Mariner Software is offering 30% of its Narrator software, which uses the Mac's native text-to-speech functions to read your favourite stories. Dejal Systems is offering a Thanksgiving bundle for all of its Mac applications, including HTML markup programs, server monitoring tools, and break reminder applications designed to satisfy the geek in you. Talking of geeks, Softpress is offering a third off Freeway 5.5 Pro, its Mac-focused web design software. Oh, and DaisyDisk will let you monitor your Mac's hard drive graphically for five bucks, compared to the regular $20.

So, get your credit card ready and fire up your browser, because really, people, nothing says thanks like laying down a whole bunch of cash on software. The founding fathers would no doubt have approved.

Danny Bradbury, MSN Tech & Gadgets





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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.