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Jan 3, 2014

Canada auto sales highest in decade, Ford still tops

TORONTO, Jan 3 (Reuters) – Canadians bought more vehicles in
2013 than in any year since 2002, as consumers brushed off high
debt and a slow economic recovery to buy trucks and luxury
models, though icy weather limited December purchases, numbers
released on Friday showed.

Industry-wide sales grew 3.8 percent to 113,036 vehicles in
December, bringing total sales for the year to 1.74 million, a 4
percent increase, according to independent auto industry firm
DesRosiers Automotive Consultants, which collates manufacturer
data.

Jan 3, 2014

BlackBerry sues Ryan Seacrest’s company over iPhone keyboard

TORONTO (Reuters) – BlackBerry Ltd said on Friday it had filed a lawsuit against a company co-founded by “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest that offers a physical keyboard that can be attached to some of Apple Inc’s touchscreen iPhone 5 models.

The company, Typo Products LLC, is currently taking pre-orders for the $99 keyboard, which features angled miniature keys similar to those used on many of BlackBerry’s devices.

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Dec 19, 2013

Canada’s TV regulator makes news a standalone offering

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada’s broadcast regulator took a step toward bringing more flexibility to cable and satellite television packages on Thursday by requiring distributors to offer their customers news channels on a standalone basis.

The move should benefit Quebecor Inc’s Sun News Network. The conservative news channel lost a bid in August to require all distributors to offer the channel as part of their basic packages.

Dec 18, 2013

Canada to cap domestic wireless roaming rates

TORONTO, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Canada will introduce
legislation to cap roaming rates that big telecom providers
charge their smaller rivals, the government said on Wednesday,
aiming to breathe life into its sputtering drive to foster
competition in the wireless industry.

In announcing the new rules, Industry Minister James Moore
said Canada’s big wireless companies charge rivals as much as 10
times the rate they charge their own customers for roaming
voice, data and text services.

Dec 18, 2013

BlackBerry names former SAP executive to head key business segment

TORONTO (Reuters) – BlackBerry Ltd said on Tuesday that John Sims will join the company as head of its global enterprise services business, a key segment that is likely to be at the core of the smartphone maker’s turnaround plan.

Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry said Sims will join the company in January from software giant SAP AG, where he served as president of SAP’s mobile services business.

Dec 16, 2013

Canada’s competition watchdog challenges Google’s search dominance

TORONTO, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Canada’s Competition Bureau has
filed a legal motion against Google Inc alleging that
the company is abusing its dominant position in online search,
joining U.S. and European anti-trust authorities in challenging
the practices of the web giant.

The bureau commissioner, in a federal court filing dated
Dec. 11., is seeking an order requiring Google hand over
information about its business practices, including contracts.

Dec 16, 2013
    • About Alastair

      "Canada tech, media and telecoms reporter based in Toronto, with emphasis on Research In Motion and including coverage of Rogers, Bell Canada, Telus, the new mobile entrants and the tech companies filling in the gaps. Previously spent two years in Cairo bureau chasing Orascom Telecom's Naguib Sawiris. Prior to that, spent a year learning the ropes in London."
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      2007
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