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All posts tagged "Canada"

  • Canada says no to Bitcoin as legal tender

    If you're planning a trip to Canada any time in the near future, don't expect your Bitcoin to be treated as legal tender. The North American country made its position on the crypto-currency clear this past week. “Only Canadian bank notes and coins are recognized as legal tender in Canada. Bitcoin digital ‘currency’ is not legal tender in Canada,” an official from Canada’s finance department said in an emailed statement to the Wall Street Journal. According to the Journal, the official declined to comment on whether the country would allow people to convert their Bitcoin into recognised currency, such as...

  • Looks like Lenovo really did want to buy BlackBerry

    Looking back at BlackBerry's rapid descent into ignominy, there are plenty of could have beens. The biggest of all them all -- interest in a buyout from Lenovo -- was long dismissed as rumour. It turns out though that the Chinese tech giant may actually have been interested in acquiring the embattled Canadian mobile manufacturer. As AllThingsD reports, at one stage, Lenovo actually signed a non-disclosure agreement that allowed it to see BlackBerry's books with an eye toward acquisition. But, reports the Globe and Mail, the deal was hamstrung by the Canadian government's fears around security. Lawmakers apparently feared...

  • Lenovo’s RIM acquisition not on the cards

    Last week, a Bloomberg report suggested that Chinese electronics giant Lenovo was interested in acquiring struggling BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM). Apparently that report was wrong. A Sina Tech report (translated) says that the company is actually just exploring acquisition opportunities in general. That's in line with an edict from China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) urging the country's tech companies to make mergers and acquisitions a serious priority in 2013. Lenovo issued a statement to The Next Web suggesting that Bloomberg had taken Lenovo CFO Wong Waiming's words out of context: We are aware that...

  • BlackBerry sued over global service failure

    In the latest twist of the tale of BlackBerry’s woes, the smartphone's maker Research In Motion (RIM), is now being sued in Canada and the US as a result of the global BlackBerry Messenger failure. The plaintiff of the suit hope to escalate the case into class-action lawsuit thus representing every BlackBerry user in the respective countries. At the moment, the amount RIM will be asked to pay out has not yet been determined. The US lawsuit accuses RIM of “negligence, unjust enrichment and breach of contract”. Filed this week in California, it was brought forward by the BlackBerry owners who...

  • Look mom, I’m rioting on YouTube

    It's June 16th 2011 and the Vancouver Canucks ice hockey team loses Game seven of the Stanley Cup final to the Boston Bruins. A few beer bottles are thrown at the giant tv screen, some garbage cans are overturned. And then out on the streets a full scale riot kicks off. Reminiscent of the riots of 1994 under very similar circumstances, this time things may well turn out differently, thanks largely to the...

  • Social media governments: Iceland, Nigeria, Rwanda & South Africa

    An increasingly crucial part of our daily lives, social media is changing the way we interact, work and live. As a truly people-oriented medium, it is even altering our concept of society and democracy. Governments, from Iceland to Nigeria, are coming up with innovative solutions for meeting the needs of their citizens. A fair amount of discussion at a recent World Economic Forum annual meeting held in Davos focused on the future of governance: "Governments today are operating in an environment where citizens’ expectations are communicated through digital means to global audiences in a matter of minutes, with incredible ramifications,...

  • Guess who owns facebook.co.za? Not Facebook.

    It looks like Facebook doesn't own facebook.co.za, its South African domain? I'm surmising this from the fact that: 1. it appears from the co.za registration data that the owner of Facebook.co.za lives in Cape Town. 2. it may be that the domain was registered on behalf of Facebook by the local, but I have my doubts because when you go to Facebook.co.za you are presented with a stark page containing nothing but Google ads,...

  • Citizen journalism, let's keep our heads shall we?

    Did this interview with Herman Manson of Media Toolbox a popular media newsletter. Do you think participatory journalism will grow beyond community newspapers (for which it does seem perfect) to national news organisations locally? Internationally the BBC recently announced a move to integrate more citizen generated content into its services. I am a huge fan and supporter of citizen journalism, but it must be pointed out that we are in the...