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What Canadians Were Curious About: Google Searches Suggest 2017 a Tough Year

What Canadians Were Curious About: Google Searches Suggest 2017 a Tough Year

By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press

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A Google sign at a store in Hialeah, Fla. on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017. If you are what you Google, Canadians are a pretty broad-minded lot. Google has released its 17th annual survey of top-trending searches, and top-of-mind topics for Canucks in 2017 ranged from devastating hurricanes to deceased rock icons to the continuing political circus south of the border. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Alan Diaz)

If you are what you Google, Canadians are a pretty broad-minded lot.

Google has released its 17th annual survey of top-trending searches, and top-of-mind topics for Canucks in 2017 ranged from devastating hurricanes to deceased rock icons to the continuing political circus south of the border.

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Text Messages Can Be Considered Private Even Once Received, Supreme Court Says

Text Messages Can Be Considered Private Even Once Received, Supreme Court Says

By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press

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A man walks and texts on his smart phone in downtown Toronto on Monday, October 30, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

OTTAWA – Canadians can expect the texts they send to remain private — at least in some cases — even after the messages reach their destination, the Supreme Court declared Friday in setting aside the firearms convictions of a man whose sent messages were uncovered by police.

In a potentially significant 5-2 ruling, the high court set aside the convictions against Nour Marakah, whose messages were found by Toronto police on the mobile phone of an alleged accomplice.

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New Parking App Deployed in Winnipeg, Across Canada

New Parking App Deployed in Winnipeg, Across Canada

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Impark has enabled over 860 of its parking facilities in Canada on the hangTag app.
(IMPARK)

A parking app meant to ease the lives of drivers across the Canada has rolled out to Winnipeg.

Imperial Parking Canada Corporation (Impark) has flipped the switch locally on hangTag. The app locates parking facilities on a map, allowing motorists to view lot details, get driving directions and pay for parking without going to the meter.

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CBC Says New Paid Streaming App an Experiment in Evolving Viewer Habits

CBC Says New Paid Streaming App an Experiment in Evolving Viewer Habits

By David Friend, The Canadian Press

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A photograph of the CBC building in Toronto on April 4, 2012. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

TORONTO – While Netflix and CraveTV boast about their arsenals of blockbuster series, the CBC’s new streaming app is hoping to find a niche with news junkies and hockey fans.

The national broadcaster lobbed a uniquely Canadian offering into the streaming marketplace Tuesday that could appeal to cord cutters who have missed some homegrown content since giving up on their cable packages.

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CBC to Launch Ad-Free Paid Streaming Option as Part of Revamped TV App

CBC to Launch Ad-Free Paid Streaming Option as Part of Revamped TV App

By The Canadian Press

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A photograph of the CBC building in Toronto on April 4, 2012. CBC says it plans to launch a paid version of a new CBC TV app that will let viewers watch programs without ads. The broadcaster says in a memo that the new app will allow users to live stream CBC TV, watch episodes on demand on the same day they’re released, see ad-free children’s programing, and see series not aired on the network. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

TORONTO – CBC plans to launch a paid version of a new CBC TV app that will let viewers watch programs without ads.

The broadcaster said in a memo that the new app, which will also be available for free in an ad-supported version, will allow users to live stream CBC TV, watch episodes on demand on the same day they’re released, see ad-free children’s programming and see series not aired on the network.

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Ontario’s Courts to Inch Toward Modern Age with Wi-Fi, Emailed Jury Summonses

Ontario’s Courts to Inch Toward Modern Age with Wi-Fi, Emailed Jury Summonses

By Allison Jones, The Canadian Press

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A television camera looks out over the courtroom during a break in the Steven Truscott case at the Ontario Court of Appeal in Toronto, Wednesday Jan. 31, 2007. Ontario is announcing a number of initiatives to move Ontario???s courts into the digital age, including Wi-Fi and getting jury summons by email or text. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

TORONTO – Ontario’s antiquated court system will inch toward the modern age, as the attorney general announced Wi-Fi for courthouses, jury summons via email or text and some online divorce filings.

The system remains largely a paper-based one, which has not thus far reacted quickly to adopt new — or even not-so-new — technologies, Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi said Wednesday.

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Supreme Court to Hear Case on Whether ISPs Can Charge for IDing Online Pirates

Supreme Court to Hear Case on Whether ISPs Can Charge for IDing Online Pirates

By The Canadian Press

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The Supreme Court of Canada is shown in Ottawa on Thursday Nov. 2, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada says it will hear a case over whether an internet service provider can charge a fee for revealing information about a suspected movie pirate to film producers seeking to crack down on people who share copyrighted material illegally.

Rogers Communications Inc. has assembled the identifying information sought by a group of movie producers who want a name to use in filing a lawsuit.

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Uber Isn’t Saying How Many Canadians Were Affected by Year-Old Hack

Uber Isn’t Saying How Many Canadians Were Affected by Year-Old Hack

By Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press

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The building that houses the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco are shown on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Uber isn’t saying how many Canadians were affected by a security breach that saw hackers steal the personal information of millions of its customers around the world last year. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Eric Risberg)

TORONTO – Privacy advocates are raising alarms at how Uber is handling a year-old security breach that saw hackers steal the personal information of millions of customers around the world.

Uber admitted Tuesday that hackers stole names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers of 57 million riders but has still not said which customers had their data stolen including the number of Canadians affected.

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Consumers with Shared Wireless Accounts Advised to Watch Out for Overage Fees

Consumers with Shared Wireless Accounts Advised to Watch Out for Overage Fees

By David Paddon, The Canadian Press

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A Telus sign is pictured at company’s annual meeting in Vancouver on May 8, 2014. Telus has joined Rogers in saying it can’t meet a Dec. 1 deadline for completing changes to the way customers are billed for extra data usage and international roaming charges. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

TORONTO – Consumers are being advised to vigilantly check their wireless data consumption and roaming fees, as it looks increasingly unlikely that Canadian telecoms will implement notification methods required under a new wireless code by the December deadline.

The advice comes after Telus Corp. and Rogers Communications Inc. told the CRTC recently that they won’t be able to implement enhanced overage notifications by Dec. 1, because of the technical complexity.

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