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January 15, 2019 9:11 PM Google wants court to decide whether search curbs would infringe charter rights

Privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien has asked the Federal Court to clarify if Google’s popular search tool is covered by the law governing how companies handle personal information. A man who says a Google search reveals outdated and highly personal information about him will be the test case that helps a judge decide whether the search engine must remove 808

January 11, 2019 7:07 PM Worried about that big to-read pile? Don’t! Matt Haig tells us why

There are a lot of books. You have, for whatever reason, chosen to read this one, for which I sincerely thank you. But while you are reading this book you might also be painfully aware that you aren’t reading other books. And I don’t want to stress you out too much but there are a lot of other books. The website Mental Floss, relying heavily on data from Google 166

January 10, 2019 9:22 PM Japanese auto supply giant Denso joins Montreal AI cluster with new R&D lab

Quebec premier Francois Legault, on hand for the downtown announcement, said AI will yield productivity gains across the globe and increase nominal GDP in Quebec by more than $4 billion annually. Over the past few years, Montreal’s booming big-data sector has lured corporate behemoths such as Facebook, Microsoft Corp., Google parent Alphabet Inc., Royal 172

December 23, 2018 5:09 PM Hand-held self-checkout emerges at Canadian retailers with middling results

He has noticed customers prefer hand-held self-checkout when buying a few items, but that letting a cashier ring up a purchase is more ideal when someone has a full cart or basket. “(Hand-held self-checkout) is not for everyone and it is not for every occasion,” he said. “I know some retailers have had checkout on the app and some customers liked it and some didn’t 176

December 7, 2018 7:58 PM China readies Chang’e-4, its moon lander, for launch

The instruments will probe the structure of the rocks beneath the spacecraft, study the effects of the solar wind striking the lunar surface. Chang’e-4 will also test the ability of making radio astronomy observations from the far side of the moon, without the effects of noise and interference from Earth. According to the Xinhua News Agency, Chang’e- 143

December 6, 2018 12:23 AM Auditor general’s report urges province to ‘reassess’ Quayside project

“We were out there talking to quite a number of potential proponents for this,” Meg Davis, chief development officer for Waterfront Toronto, said in an interview. Waterfront Toronto said that in the appendix to Lysyk’s audit she herself noted Waterfront Toronto launched “market soundings” with 50, local, national and international companies to gauge 177

November 30, 2018 8:26 PM Apple puts music service on Amazon Echo in subscription push

Apple and Amazon.com announced their second partnership this month: The iPhone maker’s music-streaming service is coming to Amazon’s Echo devices in December. The move gets Apple Music onto the most popular voice-controlled speakers, giving it distribution beyond Apple’s own devices. Subscribers will be able to control Apple Music with Amazon’s Alexa 164

November 27, 2018 6:30 PM Disney consolidates ad-serving with Google, ends relationship with Comcast’s Freewheel

Walt Disney Co. has agreed to use Alphabet Inc.’s Google technology to manage and deliver online ad campaigns, ending a longstanding relationship with Comcast Corp.’s FreeWheel, according to a Disney spokesman. Disney’s networks, including ABC, ESPN and Freeform, will use Google Ad Manager to serve ads that appear across video, mobile, apps and display 133

November 15, 2018 4:40 PM Rupert Murdoch, sons begin their goodbyes to 21st Century Fox

Now, Rupert Murdoch is midway through a dramatic downsizing of his corporate dominion. He orchestrated the sale to Disney because he feared that Fox lacked the scale to successfully compete against such technology giants as Google, Facebook and Netflix. As his son spoke, Rupert Murdoch quietly studied a briefing book atop a long rectangular table —draped 131

November 8, 2018 9:39 PM Montreal news outlet La Presse to cut 37 jobs as advertising revenue drops

La Presse, formerly owned by a subsidiary of Power Corporation of Canada, officially adopted a not-for-profit structure last July. At the time, Power Corp. agreed to grant $50 million to the new venture. Last May, La Presse president Pierre-Elliott Levasseur said the business model conceived in 2010 did not conform to today’s media reality, in which 125