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LinkedIn disputes privacy breach claims

Media | 04/29/2021 5:19 pm EDT

Professional networking platform LinkedIn will have its applications for a summary trial heard in the Supreme Court of British Columbia related to two separate proposed class-action suits against it over alleged privacy violations. In the first instance, LinkedIn -- which...

OPC signs joint letter to video conferencing platforms about privacy concerns

telecom | 07/22/2020 4:33 pm EDT

An open letter to online video teleconferencing (VTC) platforms signed by six worldwide privacy agencies, including Canada’s Office of the Privacy Commissioner, is calling...

CBSA moving data to Amazon cloud amid security concerns 

telecom | 08/13/2019 6:52 pm EDT

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is seeking assistance in moving...

‘Deepfakes’ could trigger election security alert, gov’t officials say

Media | 07/09/2019 4:50 pm EDT

Artificial intelligence technology allowing videos to be seamlessly...

Tech giants agree to ‘voluntary’ set of principles: Gould

Media | 05/27/2019 5:45 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Facebook Inc. and Microsoft Corp. have both signed on to a...

Microsoft adds elections to lobbying file

telecom | 04/24/2019 6:29 pm EDT

The tech giant Microsoft Corp. last week added “elections” to its lobbying files. The move comes as the government rolls out a new regime governing the selling of political ads on tech platforms ahead of this fall’s...

Gov’t criticized by tech companies on cloud strategy for sensitive data

telecom | 04/03/2019 1:17 pm EDT

In the lead-up to a meeting with Amazon.com Inc., the government was informed that it was facing criticism for its handling of its cloud-first policy for sensitive data....

Ottawa bans white space tech from parts of 600 MHz band

telecom | 03/14/2019 6:20 pm EDT

Fixed ‘white space’ devices will be permitted to operate on 60-72 MHz spectrum, but they will be banned from 600 MHz commercial mobile bands, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada...

Gaming companies bristle after review panel suggests they’re broadcasters

Media | 01/28/2019 4:05 pm EST

A meeting with individuals leading the federal government’s review of...

ITAC pitching new ‘matchmaking’ innovation hub to gov’t

telecom | 01/09/2019 6:15 pm EST

Andre Leduc recalls introducing Microsoft Inc. Canada president Kevin...

ARIN asks Parliament to require ISPs to maintain Whois info

telecom | 01/04/2019 6:21 pm EST

The organization responsible for allocating IP numbers to intermediaries in...

Facebook makes Watch video service available world-wide

Media | 08/30/2018 4:33 pm EDT

In a blog post on Wednesday, Facebook Inc. announced the global launch of...

Cogeco bucks the cableco X1 trend with MediaFirst pick

telecom | 08/14/2018 6:28 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. is going with MediaFirst for its first IPTV platform, a move...

Stingray offers $120M for Music Choice

telecom | 08/03/2018 2:00 pm EDT

Stingray Digital Group Inc. is turning from fighting Pennsylvania-based Music Choice to offering to buy...

MediaTube turns on counsel, denied appeal amendment

telecom | 07/03/2018 4:31 pm EDT

The Federal Court of Appeal has turned away an attempt by MediaTube Corp. — in its already-dismissed patent infringement case against BCE Inc. — to introduce potential new evidence in its appeal based on allegations its...

Bell to launch new on-demand services, content hub

Media | 06/07/2018 5:47 pm EDT

BCE Inc. will launch two new ad-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) services, rebrand its entertainment specialty channels and centralize its content portfolio under one digital roof. The company said in a Thursday press release that it is partnering with Sony Corp. to bring...

Hey Siri, 39% of Canadians are talking to their electronics: MTM

telecom | 04/19/2018 6:14 pm EDT

Virtual assistants are beginning to take hold in Canada, with almost 40 per...

MPs unsatisfied with Facebook testimony, mull further regulations

Media | 04/19/2018 4:51 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Testimony from Facebook Inc. representatives at the House ethics...

Don’t allow white space devices above 608 MHz, ISED hears

telecom | 02/22/2018 5:59 pm EST

Innovation Canada (ISED) is hearing from both telecoms and broadcasters that it should go ahead with its proposal to limit white space devices to bands below 608 MHz, though for very different...

Freedom set to support older iPhones with spectrum rejig, deployment

telecom | 10/26/2017 5:37 pm EDT

Shaw Communications Inc. announced Thursday that it would move to redeploy...

Rory Capern hired at Pelmorex

Media | 10/25/2017 4:39 pm EDT

In a press release on Wednesday, Pelmorex Corp. announced that Rory Capern will join the company as vice-president of partnerships, starting Nov. 7. “Rory Capern will work to strengthen Pelmorex’s position as an advertising and insights leader in Canada, while ensuring consumers needs are at the forefront of their solutions,” said the release. The release also outlined Pelmorex’s goal to move beyond just its main weather-related media products, like the Weather Network and MétéoMédia, by creating the...

Google linking names under publication bans with articles: report

Media | 09/21/2017 5:54 pm EDT

Algorithms used by Alphabet Inc.’s Google have been linking stories regarding individuals whose identities are under court-ordered publication bans in searches involving their names, the Ottawa...

SS7 protocol concerns intensifying: security expert

telecom | 08/08/2017 5:58 pm EDT

Despite recent calls to limit encryption by some government officials and intelligence heads worldwide,...

Canadian reps at tech companies’ anti-terror initiative

Media | 08/01/2017 5:17 pm EDT

The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, launched in June by Facebook Inc., Microsoft Corp., Twitter Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s YouTube, held its first meeting in San Francisco,...

Civil society groups take aim at Five Eyes on encryption

Media | 06/30/2017 3:51 pm EDT

More than six dozen civil society organizations and individuals have come out to reiterate support for stronger data encryption in a letter addressed to a quintet of the world’s intelligence...

Five Eyes watching online terror content

Media | 06/28/2017 1:26 pm EDT

Representatives from the Five Eyes intelligence alliance have issued a statement lauding the creation of a coalition by some of the world’s biggest tech companies aimed at tackling terrorist content online. On...

Tech giants coordinating to tackle terror content

Media | 06/27/2017 6:05 pm EDT

Some of the world’s largest technology and social media companies are forming a coalition to counter terrorism. The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism is being formed with the help of Facebook Inc., Microsoft...

Canadians becoming more lax about security updates: Ekos

telecom | 05/18/2017 4:43 pm EDT

Fewer Canadians kept their security software up-to-date in 2016 compared to five years ago, according to a recent report by Ekos Research Associates Inc., while a little over half of small-and-medium...

Hospitals, companies subject to global cyber attack: report

telecom | 05/15/2017 5:30 pm EDT

More than 200,000 computers in at least 150 countries were subject to a cyber attack by extortionists seeking cash over the weekend. Among the attack victims were hospitals in the United Kingdom,...

Open 5GHz to HPODs before 2019: telecoms

Media | 04/04/2017 9:03 pm EDT

Canada should allow high-power and outdoor devices (HPODs) in the 5GHz band before the World Radiocommunications Conference in 2019 (WRC-19), Canada's major telecom companies said in comments to the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. They pointed to increasing data consumption and new developments like 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) as reasons the devices need to be able to operate on a less congested band. In January, ISED put out a request for comment on expanding the use of the 5GHz spectrum for HPODs. The consultation paper noted that the...

Canada’s VR industry is nascent, but set for growth

Media | 03/31/2017 8:57 pm EDT

Though virtual reality is still in its early days, it holds promise for Canada’s media industry — including for broadcasters as a new way to draw eyes to live events, such as sports, according to...

NAFTA renegotiation could affect privacy rules on Canadian data: Geist

Media | 03/22/2017 5:24 pm EDT

The upcoming renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) could include pressure to change rules requiring some information to stay in Canada, University of Ottawa law professor...

U.S. tech companies oppose Trump travel ban

Media | 02/06/2017 6:09 pm EST

Almost 100 tech companies in the United States have filed a brief in a court case against U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order blocking entry of citizens from seven countries and all refugees into the United States....

Data, new revenue sources to make up for OTT messaging impact: analysts

telecom | 01/13/2017 9:24 pm EST

The growth in popularity of over-the-top (OTT) messaging services will cost global mobile network operators over a hundred billion dollars this year, according to Juniper Research Ltd., but some Canadian analysts say the impact will be dampened by increased data usage and new sources of revenue, including uptake in Internet...

Cogeco shifting data centre strategy due to Amazon, Microsoft: Audet

Media | 01/12/2017 9:56 pm EST

MONTREAL — Moves by Amazon.com Inc. and Microsoft Corp. into the Canadian data centre business won’t compete directly with Cogeco Inc., which is changing its data centre strategy by focusing on a different type of client, CEO Louis Audet told reporters Thursday. In response to a question about how Cogeco would compete given the opening of a data centre by Amazon in Montreal in December and Microsoft’s opening of centres in Toronto...

Social media networks team up to flag terrorism-related content

Media | 12/06/2016 9:53 pm EST

Facebook Inc., Microsoft Corp., Twitter Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s YouTube will begin sharing information to help curb the spread of terrorism-related content....

Canada needs to get on the digital wave or get left behind: Cisco rep

telecom | 10/14/2016 8:00 pm EDT

TORONTO — Most Canadian businesses are not prepared for the next wave of digital innovation and there needs to be a collaborative effort to help them adapt, a Cisco Systems...

Bell buys Q9 amidst increasing data centre competition: analysts

telecom | 08/08/2016 9:16 pm EDT

BCE Inc. announced Monday it is buying out its fellow investors in Q9 Networks Inc., a data centre operator in which it currently holds a 35.4-per-cent stake, in a move that analysts...

Yahoo sells to Verizon

telecom | 07/25/2016 6:25 pm EDT

Verizon Communications Inc. will acquire Yahoo Inc.’s core Internet business, roughly seven months after initial reports hinted at Verizon’s interest in the company. It’s a cash deal worth approximately $4.83 billion US that will see the California-based...

Companies seeking injunction for Bell’s IPTV technology

telecom | 06/20/2016 9:08 pm EDT

Whether a patent encompasses technology used by BCE Inc.’s IPTV service will be a central issue as a patent case two-plus years in the making gets its date in court Tuesday....

Microsoft buying LinkedIn for $26B

Media | 06/13/2016 6:41 pm EDT

Microsoft Corp. announced Monday that it has entered into an agreement to buy LinkedIn Corp.’s social networking site for $26.2 billion US. The companies said in a press release Monday that LinkedIn...

Microsoft sues U.S. government over secret info requests

Media | 04/15/2016 8:12 pm EDT

Microsoft Corp. is suing the United States federal government over orders to keep government requests for customer emails and records secret. President and chief legal officer Brad Smith...

Apple gathers support in FBI dispute

telecom | 03/04/2016 9:14 pm EST

Major tech companies have filed documents with the U.S. courts in support of Apple Inc.'s position against creating a workaround for investigators to access encrypted information on an iPhone connected with the Dec. 2 attack...

WhatsApp won’t be available on BlackBerry by end of year

Media | 02/29/2016 10:32 pm EST

Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp will stop supporting its messenger app on most BlackBerry Inc. devices by the end of the year, the company said in a blog post Friday. Company spokesman Matt Steinfeld confirmed in an email Monday afternoon that BlackBerry’s Android-powered device, the Priv, will be supported. In the blog post, WhatsApp said by the end of 2016, it would end support for BlackBerry, as well as Nokia Corp.’s S40 and Symbian S60, Google Inc.’s Android 2.1 and Android 2.2 and Microsoft Corp.'s Windows...

Smartphone shipment growth slowed this year: IDC

telecom | 12/03/2015 5:32 pm EST

Worldwide smartphone shipments in 2015 are expected to be 9.8 per cent more than last year for a total of 1.43 billion units, marking the first time that percentage growth for this product has been less than double digits,...

Tablet shipments to be down 8.1% this year: IDC

Media | 12/01/2015 5:22 pm EST

Global tablet shipments will be down 8.1 per cent for 2015 overall, though tablets with detachable keyboards are expected to see strong growth for this year and in 2016, according to International Data Corp. The technology...

Napster launches music subscription service to Canadians

Media | 11/02/2015 4:37 pm EST

Rhapsody International Inc.’s music subscription service, Napster, announced Monday that its subscription service is now available in Canada. It said in a press release that, for a limited...

Galaxy View available through Bell, but ‘not a tablet’

Media | 10/29/2015 7:07 pm EDT

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has released a new touch-screen device, powered by Android software and suitable for web browsing and video streaming, but it is "not a tablet," according to a company spokesman. Samsung and BCE Inc. said in a joint press release Thursday that the new Galaxy View, with its 18.4-inch...

European Commission sets net neutrality rules

Media | 10/27/2015 8:11 pm EDT

The European Commission voted Tuesday to set net neutrality rules for the first time in the European Union law.   The new law, which was detailed in a fact sheet on the commission’s website, will include no blocking or throttling of online content, applications and services. The fact sheet said that “every European must be able to have access to the open internet and all content and service providers must be able to provide their services via a high-quality open internet,” adding that blocking certain websites or asking for extra money for certain services, such as...

CBS to live-stream first regular-season NFL game

Media | 09/02/2015 6:38 pm EDT

CBS Corp.’s sports division said Tuesday that next month it will live-stream a regular-season National Football League game for the first time. The game featured is an Oct. 4 matchup between the New York Jets and Miami...

Major tech companies form new-media consortium

Media | 09/01/2015 5:57 pm EDT

Seven technology companies announced on Tuesday a new alliance to develop next-generation media formats, codecs and technologies to meet demand for better video, audio, imagery and streaming quality across all platforms and...

‘Wireless’ concept extends to charging

Media | 08/28/2015 6:49 pm EDT

Wireless charging creates advantages beyond not having to use cords when refuelling mobile devices with electricity, according one British researcher, though a Canadian technology expert says widespread adoption of such technology is far from certain. James Moar, a research analyst with Juniper Research Ltd. in the United Kingdom, said in a phone...

Global smartphone sales growth slows

Media | 08/21/2015 7:17 pm EDT

Worldwide smartphone sales in this year's second quarter grew at their slowest rate since 2013, largely as a result of the first year-to-year decline on record for sales of smartphones in China, Gartner Inc. said Thursday....

Microsoft restructuring phone business, cuts jobs

Media | 07/08/2015 4:37 pm EDT

Microsoft Corp. said Wednesday it is cutting as many as 7,800 positions primarily as a result of restructuring its phone hardware business. The company said in a press release that this will result in a write-down of about $7.6...

Privacy commish criticizes targeted ads on ‘sensitive topics’

Media | 06/15/2015 4:26 pm EDT

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner said in a report Monday that some targeted ads are tracking online behaviour related to “sensitive topics,” such as divorce and pregnancy, without...

Does VoLTE conflict with net neutrality?

Media | 04/10/2015 8:23 pm EDT

Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) had a small-scale launch in Canada recently, with Rogers Communications Inc. making the service that allows carriers to transmit voice calls on the same networks as data available to a portion of its...

Microsoft adds OTA broadcasts to Xbox One

Media | 04/08/2015 2:11 pm EDT

Microsoft Corp. announced Wednesday that users of its Xbox One gaming console in Canada and the United States that are subscribed to its beta updates program will now be able to receive over-the-air broadcast television with an...

IDC downgrades tablet forecast for 2015

Media | 03/12/2015 2:54 pm EDT

International Data Corp. has lowered its forecast for tablet and 2-in-1 hybrid shipments in 2015 following previous figures that showed the first ever year-on-year decline for this market in the fourth quarter of last year. IDC said in a press release Thursday that it expects 2.1 per cent growth for a total of 234.5 million shipments this year. IDC had previously predicted five per cent growth in the global tablet market his year, though it warned that a revision to that forecast was coming when it reported that fourth-quarter shipments fell 3.2 per cent from the same period in 2013. IDC...

Android, iOS approach ‘total domination’ of smartphone market

Media | 02/25/2015 3:47 pm EST

Google Inc.'s Android and Apple Inc.'s iOS operating systems "inched closer to total domination of the worldwide smartphone market" in the fourth quarter of 2014, International Data Corp. said Tuesday. The technology research company said in news release that the two operating systems powered 96.3 per...

Canadian tech company to help carriers implement VoLTE

telecom | 02/11/2015 9:44 pm EST

Sandvine Inc., a Canadian company that provides software to telecommunications service providers around the world, said Wednesday that it has added capabilities enabling it to help carriers offer...

New Windows will run on PCs, tablets, mobile phones

Media | 01/21/2015 7:56 pm EST

On Wednesday Microsoft Corp. announced two new devices as well as more details about the latest version of its Windows operating system, which will be the first to run cross-platform on desktops, tablets and mobile phones....

Ex-Microsoft exec calls out wireless industry on radiation issues

telecom | 01/19/2015 9:36 pm EST

OTTAWA — The former president of Microsoft Corp.'s Canadian operations is calling on companies involved in wireless technology to be more forthcoming in addressing what he says are health...

‘Massive deceleration’ in tablet market noted by IDC

telecom | 11/25/2014 6:53 pm EST

The tablet market in 2014 is undergoing a "massive deceleration," technology research company International Data Corp. said Tuesday. It predicted in a news release there would be 235.7 million shipments of tablets and two-in-one hybrids this year, a gain of 7.2 per cent from a year earlier. That's down from growth of 52.5 per cent in 2013, IDC said. It added that 2014 will mark the first year shipments of Apple Inc.'s iPads declined year-over-year, predicting a drop of 12.7 per cent to 64.9 million units. That puts iPad's second to tablets running on Google Inc.'s Android software, which were predicted to grow by 16 per cent to 159.5 million shipments. Microsoft Corp.'s Windows-powered tablets are third, anticipated to see growth of 67.3 per cent for 10.9...

BlackBerry releases new enterprise system

Media | 11/13/2014 5:58 pm EST

BlackBerry Ltd. on Thursday announced the availability of its latest system for enterprise management of mobile devices. The new system is called BES12, which BlackBerry said in a press release "is the foundation for...

Microsoft releases Lumia 535 smartphone

Media | 11/11/2014 7:42 pm EST

Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday released its new Lumia 535 smartphone. The 535 is the first of the Lumia series of phones not to carry the Nokia brand. Microsoft completed its purchase of Nokia Corp.'s devices and services...

Microsoft launches wearable device

Media | 10/30/2014 1:50 pm EDT

Microsoft Corp. announced a new group of products designed to help customers monitor and track their health on Wednesday, including a fitness band and a cloud platform for health data. The $199 US Microsoft Band wearable device...

Tech giants pick sides as battle for IoT protocol unfolds

Media | 08/18/2014 9:16 pm EDT

Some of the largest software and hardware makers in the world, including Microsoft Corp., Qualcomm Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Intel Corp., are choosing sides in a battle over...

Android makes up almost 85% of smartphone market: IDC

telecom | 08/14/2014 1:53 pm EDT

The dominant smartphone brands keep getting stronger as weaker brands, such as devices from BlackBerry Ltd., lose more ground, according to International Data Corp. The technology research company said in a press release Thursday...

Microsoft cuts 18,000 jobs as it integrates Nokia unit

Media | 07/17/2014 2:00 pm EDT

Microsoft Corp. said Thursday it is cutting 18,000 jobs, most of them related to integrating the cellphone division of Nokia Corp., the acquisition of which closed in April. In a letter to employees,...

Growing smartphone market won’t help BlackBerry: report

telecom | 05/28/2014 7:30 pm EDT

A new report says smartphone sales will continue to grow in the coming years, though the opposite trend will be seen with BlackBerry Ltd.’s handsets. International Data Corp. said in a news...

Tech giants call for FCC to protect net neutrality

telecom | 05/08/2014 3:59 pm EDT

Almost 150 U.S. technology companies, such as Google Inc., Amazon.com Inc., Facebook Inc. and Microsoft Corp., have written a letter to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission calling its proposed net-neutrality rules a...

Telecoms don’t give out customer info ‘willy-nilly’: Bell ombudsman

telecom | 05/02/2014 8:50 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Telecommunications companies don’t voluntarily give out confidential customer information to the government, said William Abbott, senior counsel and privacy ombudsman at BCE Inc. “I do not know a single TSP [telecommunication service provider] that makes voluntary disclosures of confidential customer information to the government,” Abbott said, adding that the use of the word “warrantless” is misleading because companies provide that information to a...

Microsoft extending Explorer fix to XP users: report

Media | 05/01/2014 6:22 pm EDT

Despite saying it was ending support for Windows XP last month, Microsoft Corp. will make an exception in making a security update for Internet Explorer available to users of that operating system, Reuters reported. The news...

Microsoft’s Nokia acquisition closes

telecom | 04/28/2014 7:32 pm EDT

Microsoft Corp. announced in a press release Friday that it has completed the acquisition of the Nokia Corp.’s devices and services business. Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop will report to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and...

Internet Explorer vulnerable to hacking

Media | 04/28/2014 4:51 pm EDT

Microsoft Corp. said in an Internet security advisory Saturday that it is aware of attacks that attempted to exploit vulnerability in Internet Explorer that could potentially corrupt a user's memory and result in an attack on...

Game of Thrones sets filesharing record: report

Media | 04/16/2014 4:34 pm EDT

The most recent episode of Game of Thrones set a new record this week for having a single file shared by the greatest number of people simultaneously on BitTorrent, according to a report. A website called TorrentFreak said...

China approves Nokia-Microsoft cellphone sale

telecom | 04/09/2014 2:52 pm EDT

Nokia Corp. said Wednesday that authorities in China have approved its deal to sell Microsoft Corp. most of its devices-and-services business, which includes cellphones and patents. Nokia said it has now received the required regulatory approvals from China, the United States, the European Commission and several other jurisdictions, and that the transaction is expected to close this month. In September, Microsoft announced it has reached a deal to buy Nokia’s devices-and-services business for 3.79 billion euros ($5.71 billion Cdn), and license its patents for 10 years for 1.65 billion...

Crack down on free online services: PIAC

Media | 03/27/2014 3:47 pm EDT

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) is calling on governments to do more to protect people from companies that offer so-called free online services. In a press release issued Wednesday, it said consumers have little...

BlackBerry makes BBM available for Windows, Nokia phones

Media | 02/24/2014 2:50 pm EST

BlackBerry Ltd. said Monday that its BBM instant-messaging service would become available to users of Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Phones and Nokia Corp.’s X smartphones. BlackBerry made the...

Android, Apple account for 95.7% of smartphone market: IDC

telecom | 02/12/2014 8:48 pm EST

Google Inc.’s Android operating system and Apple Inc.’s iOS software powered 95.7 per cent of the smartphones shipped globally in 2013’s third quarter, a report released Wednesday...

Spectrum advocacy group holds first summit

telecom | 11/18/2013 9:09 pm EST

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, a group pushing governments for more open access to wireless spectrum, said Monday it is holding its first-ever global summit in Bangkok. Membership in the group, which launched in June, includes technology firms such as Microsoft Corp., Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. It calls on governments around the world to provide...

Android reaches 81% of global smartphone shipments: IDC

telecom | 11/12/2013 7:21 pm EST

Phones running on Google Inc.’s Android operating system made up 81 per cent of all smartphone shipments worldwide in the third quarter of 2013, up from 74.9 per cent at the same time a year...