Canadian fans of "net neutrality" state a U.S. regulator's vote to repeal Obama-era restraints on internet service providers is a step in the wrong direction as it is going to tip the balance of power towards big industrial interests.The mind of CIRA -- the company that registers and manages the dot-ca domains -- said Thursday's vote will "chip away" at a vital pillar of the net: equal treatment for all customers.CIRA president Byron Holland said Thursday's 3-2 vote by the U.S. Federal Communications Read more [...]

Privacy officials in Britain and British Columbia are investigating how a Canadian technology company may have helped sway last year's Brexit vote. AggregateIQ, a Victoria-based data-analytics firm with only 20 employees, has fallen under scrutiny in recent months after it was revealed to have played a key role in Britain's Vote Leave campaign. It had been hired to help influence voters in the referendum campaign, which saw a narrow majority cast ballots in favour of Britain leaving the European Read more [...]

The federal government is set to unveil a new $100-million program that will boost the amount it contracts out to startups, part of its attempt to stimulate Canada's domestic technology sector. Ottawa's Innovative Solutions Canada program, , will require 20 federal departments to set aside 1 per cent of their research and development expenditures annually – amounting to $100-million – to buy from startups that can provide "novel solutions" for "challenges proposed by federal departments Read more [...]

While new research shows that Canadians still pay among the highest prices in the world for wireless services, there's some good news according to the government: Prices for low- and mid-use plans are declining. The 2017 published Tuesday provides all Canadians with an annual chance to complain about the cost of telecom services, ranking the cost of various levels of wireless service against the six other countries in the G7 plus Australia, as well as comparing cities across Canada. But it's Read more [...]

Tepid holiday sales predictions from two of the three major U.S. videogame manufacturers haven't dampened investors' confidence in one of the last decade's major stock exchange success stories for a very simple reason: they nearly always beat them.In five years, Activision Blizzard Inc, Electronic Arts Inc and Take-Two Interactive Software Inc have mushroomed in total market value from $14-billion in 2012 to nearly $100-billion on Friday.In that moment, Reuters data shows they've exceeded their Read more [...]

Apple Inc. is in talks to acquire Shazam Entertainment Ltd., whose software helps users identify songs by pointing their telephone for an audio source, according to a person familiar with the circumstance.Shazam's smartphone program is already closely integrated with Apple's Siri electronic assistant. Users of Apple's iPhone with the Shazam program installed may say: "Hey Siri, what is that tune?" And the program will identify it. But Shazam has other attributes, like the ability to determine Read more [...]

A fledgling Vancouver venture capital firm which has had an unusual success rate early in the life span of its first fund is aiming to increase almost 3 times as much with its next capital pool -- and making quick work of it.Vancouver Founder Fund (VFF), founded by Recon Instruments co-founders Dan Eisenhardt and Fraser Hall and associate Jay Rhind, last year closed its first fund, a $14-million capital pool which it has spent in 10 B.C. startups. Two of the companies have taken from the gate: Read more [...]

A rare public spat in the technology industry escalated on Tuesday when Google said it would block its video streaming application YouTube from two Inc devices and criticized the online retailer for not selling Google hardware. The feud is the latest in Silicon Valley to put customers in the crossfire of major competitors. Amazon and Google, which is owned by Alphabet Inc, square off in many areas, from cloud computing and online search, to selling voice-controlled gadgets like the Read more [...]

The unavailability of this iPhone X during the three months ended October pulled down the market share for Apple's iPhones in some important areas, while telephones running on Google's Android recorded higher sales, data from a research company revealed on Tuesday.The market share for Apple Inc's iPhones, as measured by sales of its iOS mobile operating system, dropped to 32.9 percent in america, from 40.6 percent a year ago, Kantar Worldpanel ComTech's data showed.In an investigation of smartphone Read more [...]

When Timnit Gebru was a student at Stanford University's prestigious Artificial Intelligence Lab, she conducted a job that used Google Street View pictures of cars to find out the demographic makeup of cities and towns across the U.S.. While the AI calculations did a credible job of calling income levels and political leanings in a specific place, Gebru says her job was vulnerable to prejudice -- racial, sex, socio-economic. She was also horrified by a ProPublica report which found a computer Read more [...]