Internet and Telecom

A technician stands at the entrance to a Huawei 5G data server centre at the Guangdong Second Provincial General Hospital in Guangzhou, in southern China’s Guangdong province on Sept. 26, 2021. Senior government officials say the Liberals have decided to ban Chinese the vendor Huawei Technologies from Canada’s long-awaited blueprint for next-generation mobile networks. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Ng Han Guan

Canada banning China’s Huawei Technologies, ZTE from 5G telecom networks

Providers who already have this equipment installed will be required to cease its use and remove it

A technician stands at the entrance to a Huawei 5G data server centre at the Guangdong Second Provincial General Hospital in Guangzhou, in southern China’s Guangdong province on Sept. 26, 2021. Senior government officials say the Liberals have decided to ban Chinese the vendor Huawei Technologies from Canada’s long-awaited blueprint for next-generation mobile networks. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Ng Han Guan
A woman holds two cellphones in this photo illustration in Chelsea, Que., Monday March 29, 2021. The proposed $26-billion merger between two of Canada’s telecom titans has hit a new regulatory hurdle after the Commissioner of Competition has indicated it intends to block the deal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Rogers, Shaw vow to fight competition commissioner’s effort to block merger

Both companies say they plan to press ahead with the deal

A woman holds two cellphones in this photo illustration in Chelsea, Que., Monday March 29, 2021. The proposed $26-billion merger between two of Canada’s telecom titans has hit a new regulatory hurdle after the Commissioner of Competition has indicated it intends to block the deal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A man looks at his phone as he walks along the Samsung stand during the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, on February 27, 2017. Canadians’ movements, including trips to the liquor store and pharmacy, were tracked via their mobile phones without their knowledge and sent to Ottawa to help it understand travel patterns during the COVID-19 pandemic, a report sent to a committee of MPs shows. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Emilio Morenatti

Canadians’ trips to liquor stores, pharmacies tracked via phones during pandemic

MPs on the ethics committee expressed surprise at how much detail new report contained

A man looks at his phone as he walks along the Samsung stand during the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, on February 27, 2017. Canadians’ movements, including trips to the liquor store and pharmacy, were tracked via their mobile phones without their knowledge and sent to Ottawa to help it understand travel patterns during the COVID-19 pandemic, a report sent to a committee of MPs shows. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Emilio Morenatti
Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez delivers opening remarks to the National Culture Summit at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. YouTube says user-generated content, such as cooking videos made in people’s kitchens, could be regulated by an online streaming law, despite assurances from the Heritage Minister that this will not happen. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

YouTube says bill could cover user-generated content, despite minister’s assurances

YouTube Canada says draft law’s wording gives the broadcast regulator scope to oversee home videos

Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez delivers opening remarks to the National Culture Summit at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. YouTube says user-generated content, such as cooking videos made in people’s kitchens, could be regulated by an online streaming law, despite assurances from the Heritage Minister that this will not happen. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez speaks with the media before attending caucus, Wednesday, April 27, 2022 in Ottawa. Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez has hit back at Facebook’s hint that it has not ruled out banning Canadians viewing and sharing news on its site, in response to a federal online news law. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez reacts to Facebook ‘threat’ over online news bill

Bill would force digital giants to compensate news outlets for reusing their work

Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez speaks with the media before attending caucus, Wednesday, April 27, 2022 in Ottawa. Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez has hit back at Facebook’s hint that it has not ruled out banning Canadians viewing and sharing news on its site, in response to a federal online news law. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
The Twitter page of Elon Musk is seen on the screen of a computer in Sausalito, Calif., on Monday, April 25, 2022. On Monday, Musk reached an agreement to buy Twitter for about $44 billion. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

What Musk’s past tweets reveal about Twitter’s next owner

‘It’s ironic…somebody who claims they want to buy Twitter to protect free speech has such thin skin’

The Twitter page of Elon Musk is seen on the screen of a computer in Sausalito, Calif., on Monday, April 25, 2022. On Monday, Musk reached an agreement to buy Twitter for about $44 billion. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
FILE - Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk arrives on the red carpet for the Axel Springer media award in Berlin on Dec. 1, 2020. Musk says he has lined up $46.5 billion in financing to buy Twitter, and he’s trying to negotiate an agreement with the company. The Tesla CEO says in documents filed Thursday, April 21, 2022 with U.S. securities regulators that he’s exploring a tender offer to buy all of the social media platform’s common stock for $54.20 per share in cash.  (Hannibal Hanschke/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Elon Musk has an agreement to acquire Twitter for about $44B

Musk says Twitter must do better at serving what he calls the “societal imperative” of free speech

FILE - Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk arrives on the red carpet for the Axel Springer media award in Berlin on Dec. 1, 2020. Musk says he has lined up $46.5 billion in financing to buy Twitter, and he’s trying to negotiate an agreement with the company. The Tesla CEO says in documents filed Thursday, April 21, 2022 with U.S. securities regulators that he’s exploring a tender offer to buy all of the social media platform’s common stock for $54.20 per share in cash.  (Hannibal Hanschke/Pool Photo via AP, File)
FILE - Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk arrives on the red carpet for the Axel Springer media award in Berlin on Dec. 1, 2020. Musk says he has lined up $46.5 billion in financing to buy Twitter, and he’s trying to negotiate an agreement with the company. The Tesla CEO says in documents filed Thursday, April 21, 2022 with U.S. securities regulators that he’s exploring a tender offer to buy all of the social media platform’s common stock for $54.20 per share in cash. (Hannibal Hanschke/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Reports: Twitter in talks with Musk over bid to buy platform

Musk said last week that he had lined up $46.5 billion in financing to buy Twitter

FILE - Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk arrives on the red carpet for the Axel Springer media award in Berlin on Dec. 1, 2020. Musk says he has lined up $46.5 billion in financing to buy Twitter, and he’s trying to negotiate an agreement with the company. The Tesla CEO says in documents filed Thursday, April 21, 2022 with U.S. securities regulators that he’s exploring a tender offer to buy all of the social media platform’s common stock for $54.20 per share in cash. (Hannibal Hanschke/Pool Photo via AP, File)
FILE - This Aug. 13, 2020, photo shows a logo for Netflix on a remote control in Portland, Ore. Netflix’s video streaming service suffered the first loss in worldwide subscribers in its history, leading to a massive sell-off of its shares. The company’s customer base fell by 200,000 subscribers during the January-March period, according to a quarterly report released Tuesday, April 19, 2022; its stock dropped by 23% in after-market trading. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, file)

As shares plunge, Netflix takes aim at password sharing, ads

Loss of 200,000 subscribers rattled investors, who had been told to expect a gain of 2.5 million

FILE - This Aug. 13, 2020, photo shows a logo for Netflix on a remote control in Portland, Ore. Netflix’s video streaming service suffered the first loss in worldwide subscribers in its history, leading to a massive sell-off of its shares. The company’s customer base fell by 200,000 subscribers during the January-March period, according to a quarterly report released Tuesday, April 19, 2022; its stock dropped by 23% in after-market trading. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, file)
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Liz Weston: Find out and fix what big data says about you

You’re being tracked, and discovering and correcting a tracker’s mistakes is no small task

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Greg Scollon, co-founder of Babbl Communications, wants to give Islanders more choice in their home internet provider and savings.

Comox Valley gets more options for internet service

Hello, Comox Valley! You wanted more options for home internet in your…

  • Apr 11, 2022
Greg Scollon, co-founder of Babbl Communications, wants to give Islanders more choice in their home internet provider and savings.
Old Blackberries are pictured in North Vancouver, B.C. Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. BlackBerry Ltd. says it has reached a deal to settle a drawn-out class action lawsuit that alleged the company defrauded shareholders by making misleading claims about its new BlackBerry 10 smartphones. THE CANADIAN PRESS /Jonathan Hayward

BlackBerry to settle lawsuit over BlackBerry 10 smartphone but denies all allegations

Software company says it would pay $165 million to settle the claims

Old Blackberries are pictured in North Vancouver, B.C. Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. BlackBerry Ltd. says it has reached a deal to settle a drawn-out class action lawsuit that alleged the company defrauded shareholders by making misleading claims about its new BlackBerry 10 smartphones. THE CANADIAN PRESS /Jonathan Hayward
Representatives of Rogers Communications, the BC Search and Rescue Association and others gather around a mock cheque for $1 million, representing a donation to BCSAR from Rogers, on Wednesday at the Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

BC Search and Rescue receives largest-ever single donation, $1 million from Rogers

Donation will fund search and rescue initiatives across the province, says BCSAR

Representatives of Rogers Communications, the BC Search and Rescue Association and others gather around a mock cheque for $1 million, representing a donation to BCSAR from Rogers, on Wednesday at the Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Lianna McDonald, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, holds text books as she speaks at a press conference at the Canadian Centre for Child Protection in Winnipeg Wednesday, October 1, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Rise in online child abuse prompts call for new law forcing removal of harmful images

Expert: urgent need for a way to force tech companies to swiftly remove indecent images of children

Lianna McDonald, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, holds text books as she speaks at a press conference at the Canadian Centre for Child Protection in Winnipeg Wednesday, October 1, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
The logos for several streaming services are pictured on a remote control in Portland, Ore., Aug. 13, 2020. Experts are raising concerns that the body the government wants to regulate the way people watch video content in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jenny Kane-File

Analysts say CRTC lacks expertise to regulate online streaming, YouTube

Online Streaming Act which would subject streaming services to same rules as Canadian broadcasters

The logos for several streaming services are pictured on a remote control in Portland, Ore., Aug. 13, 2020. Experts are raising concerns that the body the government wants to regulate the way people watch video content in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jenny Kane-File
Under a new bill proposed in Canada, streaming companies, such as Netflix, would be subject to the same rules as traditional broadcasters. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)

Online streaming act covers streaming giants, promotes Canadian content

New bill seeks to update the 1991 Broadcasting Act which predates the internet revolution

Under a new bill proposed in Canada, streaming companies, such as Netflix, would be subject to the same rules as traditional broadcasters. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)
A logo for Netflix is seen on a remote control in Portland, Ore., Aug. 13, 2020. The global streaming platform announced last week it’s inching up the monthly cost of its most popular subscription packages once again by a dollar or two. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jenny Kane
A logo for Netflix is seen on a remote control in Portland, Ore., Aug. 13, 2020. The global streaming platform announced last week it’s inching up the monthly cost of its most popular subscription packages once again by a dollar or two. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jenny Kane
FILE - This Sept. 6, 2012, file photo, shows the Amazon logo in Santa Monica, Calif. Amazon’s cloud-computing service Amazon Web Services experienced problems in its eastern U.S. region, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, causing widespread problems for thousands of websites and apps. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

Amazon Web Services seeing large-scale outages, affecting major websites

The company said AWS is ‘experiencing console issues’

FILE - This Sept. 6, 2012, file photo, shows the Amazon logo in Santa Monica, Calif. Amazon’s cloud-computing service Amazon Web Services experienced problems in its eastern U.S. region, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, causing widespread problems for thousands of websites and apps. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
CVRD Area A director Daniel Arbour, left, pictured with members of the Denman and Hornby Internet Committee, the Connected Coast project and a rep from MP Gord Johns’ office. Photo supplied

High-speed internet on its way to Hornby, Denman islands

Hornby and Denman Island residents have voted overwhelmingly in favour of high-speed…

CVRD Area A director Daniel Arbour, left, pictured with members of the Denman and Hornby Internet Committee, the Connected Coast project and a rep from MP Gord Johns’ office. Photo supplied
Edward Rogers, Chairman of Rogers Communications, is shown before the start of the CRTC hearing looking into the merge of the two communication companies in Gatineau, Quebec, on Monday November 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

Telus says Rogers takeover of Shaw would harm competition, urges CRTC to reject

‘This will greatly reduce competition and consumer choice, and impoverish the diversity of voices’

Edward Rogers, Chairman of Rogers Communications, is shown before the start of the CRTC hearing looking into the merge of the two communication companies in Gatineau, Quebec, on Monday November 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand