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Canada to allow foreign ownership for small telecoms

OTTAWA — Canada will lift foreign ownership restrictions on small local telecommunications firms, Industry Minister Christian Paradis announced Wednesday. The current limit of direct foreign investment in broadcasting and telecommunications carriers is 46.7 percent. Paradis told a press conference the restriction would be lifted for telecom companies that hold less…

Homeless people turned into Wi-Fi hotspots at SXSW

A global advertising firm used homeless people as roving Wi-Fi hotspots, sparking controversy among technology trendsetters at an interactive festival in the United States. Debate over whether the stunt by Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) was helping or misusing the homeless spread from the streets of Austin onto the Internet by…

Former Google exec slams search giant as an ‘advertising company’

A former Google executive went public on Tuesday with a lament that the Internet star has become obsessed with advertising and seizing the online social networking crown from Facebook. James Whittaker left Microsoft in 2009 for a high-level software engineering job at Google only to recently jump back to the…

Filmmaker’s videogame makes corporations work to save the environment

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Philippe Cousteau, grandson of famed ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, who’s taken up the family business of using film to shine a light on the world’s most important waters, has a unique new project that was turning heads at this year’s South by Southwest Interactive convention. Specifically, he’s…

Apple subpoenaed by FTC over Google’s search deal on iPhone and iPad

Antitrust investigation expands to include mobile search, where Apple and Google split $1.3bn of revenues in 2011 By Charles Arthur A US antitrust investigation into Google has subpoenaed Apple to find out more information about the deal by which the search giant provides services for the iPhone and iPad, according to Bloomberg, citing sources inside…

Iran conducting cyber-war with BBC: broadcaster

Iran launched a “sophisticated cyber-attack” in an attempt to disrupt the BBC’s Persian service, which is watched by over seven million viewers weekly, the broadcaster’s chief was to claim Wednesday. Director-general Mark Thompson is expected to use Wednesday’s address to the Royal Television Society to accuse Iran of trying to “undermine” the popular service, according…

Encyclopaedia Britannica ends print publications

CHICAGO — The Encyclopaedia Britannica will end print publication after 244 years and go “completely digital,” the Chicago-based company said. “The end of the print set is something we’ve foreseen for some time,” Jorge Cauz, president of Encyclopaedia Britannica, said in a statement. “It’s the latest step in our evolution…

One in five U.S. companies say they will buy tablets by mid-year

Survey results released on Tuesday showed that growing numbers of businesses plan to buy iPads as tablet computers make their way from personal lives into work places. Slightly more than one-in-five companies said they will buy tablets for workers by the middle of this year, with 84 percent of those…

Tablet computers added to British measure of inflation

Tablet computers like Apple’s iPad and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab have been added into the basket of goods used to measure official British inflation, the Office for National Statistics said Tuesday. Inflation is measured each month by a notional “shopping basket” filled with typical goods and services bought by the average…

User sues Apple saying Siri not as smart as advertised

iPhone 4S user Frank Fazio wants his money back and is suing Apple to get it. According to a post at CNET News, the disgruntled consumer says that the company has dramatically oversold the capabilities of its Siri information system. In the commercials from what the lawsuit calls Apple’s “multi-million…

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