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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 Citizen has found. The Citizen said in a report Thursday that in six high-profile cases, “searching the name of a young offender or victim online pointed to media coverage of their court cases, even though their names do not appear anywhere in the news articles themselves.” It added that...

Making available right established for downloads, but no rates set

Media | 08/29/2017 6:26 pm EDT

The Copyright Board has ruled that the making available right under the Copyright Act applies to downloads, settling a case that began four years ago, but declined to set a...

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....

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...

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. “Starting today, we commit to the creation of a shared industry database of ‘hashes’ — unique digital ‘fingerprints’ — for violent terrorist imagery or terrorist recruitment videos or images that we have removed from our services,” the release, posted on Facebook’s website Monday, said. The companies “will begin sharing hashes of the most...

Twitter launches device apps for TV live-streaming

Media | 09/14/2016 8:13 pm EDT

Twitter Inc. has launched apps that allow viewers to access its live-streaming video through Apple Inc.’s Apple TV, Amazon.com Inc.’s Fire TV and Microsoft Corp.’s XBox One. The Xbox and Apple TV apps...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 business in April. Microsoft said in a blog post that the new phone features Windows Phone 8.1 software. The 535 has a 5-megapixel front and rear camera, with built-in applications such as Lumia Selfie and Skype to take advantage of that hardware, the company said. Microsoft also highlighted the ability to edit documents with Microsoft Office on the Lumia 535, as well as...

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...

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...

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...

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...

U.S. tech companies launch site for patent reform

Media | 11/15/2012 7:30 pm EST

Major United States technology companies launched a new website Wednesday to promote patent reform. The website, called Patent Progress, was created by the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), whose members include Microsoft Corp., Google Inc., Yahoo! Inc., Pandora Media Inc., and others. The site will provide information and commentary about patent litigation, patent “trolls and privateers,” the failure of the patent system to promote innovation, and how to reform the system, the website says. “While the patent system may work relatively...

Microsoft launches Windows 8 Surface as Apple unveils mini tab

Media | 10/26/2012 2:14 pm EDT

Microsoft Corp. released its new Windows 8 operating system for computers and mobile devices. Microsoft said in a release Thursday that, as of midnight Friday, Windows 8 will be available for...