Rogers CEO sees new Ignite TV service as part of a ‘connected home’ revolution

Rogers CEO sees new Ignite TV service as part of a ‘connected home’ revolution
TORONTO — Rogers Communications Inc. expects to ramp up marketing for its new Ignite TV service through the second half of this year as its “connected home” strategy builds momentum, chief executive Joe Natale said Thursday. “Don’t look at Ignite as sort of a big bang or one-day wonder. It’s really meant to be a rolling campaign that will build over time,” Natale told analysts... Read More

B.C. homeowner groups can fine defiant short-term rental hosts $1,000 a day

B.C. homeowner groups can fine defiant short-term rental hosts $1,000 a day
VANCOUVER — Homeowners groups in British Columbia will soon be able to fine owners or residents up to $1,000 a day for defying the corporation’s bylaws on short-term rentals. The B.C. government says the regulations for the so-called strata corporations will be changed as of Nov. 30 to help the associations address short-term rentals, such as those arranged through Airbnb and other vacation websites.... Read More

Comcast drops Fox bid, paving way for sale to Disney

Comcast drops Fox bid, paving way for sale to Disney
NEW YORK — Comcast is dropping its bid for Fox’s entertainment businesses, paving the way for Disney to boost its upcoming streaming service by buying the studios behind “The Simpsons” and X-Men. Comcast can now focus on its pursuit of European pay-TV operator Sky, a deal that would give the Philadelphia-based cable and media company a larger presence outside the... Read More

SNC-Lavalin and Holtec form joint venture to decommission nuclear plants

SNC-Lavalin and Holtec form joint venture to decommission nuclear plants
MONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. and Holtec International have announced a joint venture that will focus on the decommissioning of shuttered nuclear power plants. Terms of the agreement were not immediately available. The company to be named Comprehensive Decommissioning International LLC will be based in Camden, N.J. The joint venture expands an existing collaboration between the companies on Holtec’s small... Read More

EU fines Google a record $5 billion over mobile system

EU fines Google a record $5 billion over mobile system
BRUSSELS — The European Union’s antitrust chief has fined Google a record $5 billion for abusing the market dominance of its Android mobile phone operating system. EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Wednesday that Google went against EU rules when it required mobile phone producers to pre-install the Google Search and browser apps as a condition for licensing Google’s app... Read More

Portland chosen for self-driving car pilot program

Portland chosen for self-driving car pilot program
PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine city is among seven municipalities that have been selected to help test self-driving car technology. The Portland Press Herald reports Washington-based transportation technology firm Inrix announced Tuesday that Portland would help pilot the AV Road Rules program. Inrix says the software communicates local traffic rules to autonomous vehicles. The cars will also transfer information on... Read More

Subscribe Technologies Introduces New Flagship Software Platform “Gingerly”

Subscribe Technologies Introduces New Flagship Software Platform “Gingerly”
Subscribe Technologies Inc. is pleased to introduce “Gingerly”, a new flagship brand, vision, and business management software platform, which will centrally host all of the Company’s current and future business management applications in one place, on the cloud. In addition to offering a growing and a la carte menu of cutting edge applications for... Read More

Prime time: A day of deals at Amazon, and at its rivals

Prime time: A day of deals at Amazon, and at its rivals
NEW YORK — Amazon is extending its annual “Prime Day” promotion to 36 hours this year and will try to lure more deal-seekers to the aisles of Whole Foods. Shoppers will have plenty of sales to choose from as other retailers offer promotions to try to take a share of the spending. This year’s sales event, which starts Monday afternoon,... Read More

Rewards program Aeroplan renews multi-year agreement with Carrot Rewards

Rewards program Aeroplan renews multi-year agreement with Carrot Rewards
MONTREAL — Aeroplan says it has renewed a multi-year agreement with Carrot Rewards, a free wellness mobile app. The extended partnership allows Aeroplan members in Ontario, B.C. and Newfoundland and Labrador to earn miles. The program is expected to expand to the rest of Canada soon. Carrot Rewards joined the Aeroplan program in 2016. Air Canada announced last year that it... Read More

CRTC levies fines against two companies under Canada’s anti-spam law

CRTC levies fines against two companies under Canada’s anti-spam law
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. Both companies have 30 days to file written responses to the CRTC... Read More