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CRTC Levies Fines Against Two Companies Under Canada’s Anti-Spam Law

CRTC Levies Fines Against Two Companies Under Canada’s Anti-Spam Law

By The Canadian Press

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OTTAWA – The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission says it has fined two companies for the first time under Canada’s anti-spam law for allegedly aiding in the installation of malicious computer programs through online ads.

The CRTC fined Datablocks $100,000 and hit Sunlight Media with a $150,000 penalty.

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Bell MTS Eliminates Unlimited Flat-Rate Data Plan for New Customers

Bell MTS Eliminates Unlimited Flat-Rate Data Plan for New Customers

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The popular unlimited flat-rate wireless data plan offered by Bell MTS is a thing of the past for new customers. The company is also increasing its monthly prices by $5 for most of its other plans.

Bell MTS introduced the changes Tuesday, saying current customers aren’t impacted unless they choose to upgrade their device or switch to a new plan.

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Makerspace ‘ideaMILL’ Opens Inside Millennium Library

Makerspace ‘ideaMILL’ Opens Inside Millennium Library

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Mayor Brian Bowman, second from left, helps to open the ideaMILL at the Millennium Library in Winnipeg on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (@MAYOR_BOWMAN / TWITTER)

WINNIPEG — A new space for creators to flourish and further pursue their ideas is up and running at the Millennium Library.

The ideaMILL opened Tuesday on the newly-renovated third floor of the downtown library. It offers access to maker tools and technology to encourage people to create, experiment and collaborate in a self-directed environment.

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Winnipeg Researcher Facing Child Porn Charges

Winnipeg Researcher Facing Child Porn Charges

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(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

Winnipeg police have laid charges against a man for allegedly possessing and distributing child pornography.

Trevor James Pemberton, 39, was arrested Monday after a search warrant was executed at his Winnipeg home. Police were alerted by an outside law enforcement agency that a Winnipeg IP address was sharing images of child pornography.

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Facebook Seeks Help Translating Its Interface into the Language of the North

Facebook Seeks Help Translating Its Interface into the Language of the North

By Rob Drinkwater, The Canadian Press

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In this March 15, 2013, file photo, a Facebook employee walks past a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jeff Chiu)

Facebook is asking Inuktut speakers for their help in translating the social networking site into the language of the North.

Starting on Monday, which is also Nunavut Day, Inuktut speakers can access the Translate Facebook app, where they will be presented with words and phrases from Facebook’s interface and asked to provide an Inuktut translation.

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Imposing Old School of Thought on New Media: Jackman-Atkinson

Imposing Old School of Thought on New Media: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

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The logo of American entertainment company Netflix is pictured at the Paris games week in Paris, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Christophe Ena)

Radio stations and cable providers over a certain size have to pay into the Canadian Content Development Fund and Canadian Media Fund. These organizations provide money to help fund the production of Canadian television, film, music and digital media. Canadian broadcasters have complained that it’s hard to compete with international streaming services that don’t have these extra costs. It’s a legitimate complaint as many Canadians abandon cable and satellite TV.

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Canadian Hyperloop Company Says Governments Need to Support Innovation

Canadian Hyperloop Company Says Governments Need to Support Innovation

By The Canadian Press

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An artist rendering shows the Transpod Hyperloop transit system along the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto in this undated handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Transpod)

A Canadian hyperloop company is threatening to relocate its headquarters to Europe unless it gets political support at home for the implementation of its technology that would transport goods and passengers through tubes at airplane speeds.

Transpod CEO and co-founder Sebastien Gendron says politicians need to step up if they are serious about supporting innovation in Canada.

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Facebook to Fact-Check Canadian News Stories and Reduce Spread of False Articles

Facebook to Fact-Check Canadian News Stories and Reduce Spread of False Articles

By The Canadian Press

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Guest are welcomed by people in Facebook shirts as they arrive at a Facebook Canadian Summit in Toronto on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Donovan)

TORONTO – Facebook Canada will launch a third-party, fact-checking program to root out fake news and provide users with more context on articles they read on the platform.

The program is a collaboration with newswire service Agence France-Presse, who will have fact-checkers in Canada to review stories from local news outlets and rate their accuracy.

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