Canada Articles

Canadian Man Charged In U.S. Online Gambling Case
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The FBI has announced the indictment of a Canadian man for his role in processing more than $350 million for Internet gambling companies.

According to the indictment, Douglas Rennick, 34, opened bank accounts in the U.S. from 2007 to June 2009, under a variety of corporate names and "falsely represented that the accounts would be used for such purposes as issuing rebate checks, refund checks, sponsorship checks, and affiliate checks and minor payroll processing."

Facebook Receives Police Officer’s Endorsement

Police departments may not start issuing cops Facebook accounts along with their handcuffs and guns, but at least one officer feels that the social network is a valuable tool.  Constable Scott Mills shared his thoughts on the Facebook Blog this afternoon.

Facebook Not Living Up To Canada’s Privacy Law

It wouldn’t be a day in business any more if the main focus wasn’t government intervention, would it? It appears that all of the freedom that the Internet was supposed to offer is maybe a little too much for the folks to our north. The Canadian government has issued a report that tells Facebook that many areas concerning privacy for the social networking site don’t meet the standards of Canadian privacy law.

Privacy Commissioner Scolds Facebook, Sets Deadline

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada isn’t campaigning against Facebook; representatives have actually said some very nice things about the company and social networks in general.  Just the same, following an investigation, they believe Facebook isn’t meeting certain standards.

More Teens Using Social Networking Sites
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Online Canadian teens are significantly more likely to have a social network profile than online Canadian adults, according to a new study from, Ipsos Reid.

Over three-quarters (76%) of online Canadian teens ages 12-17 now have a social network profile up from 50 percent in 2007. The rate of increase is higher than that for the online adult population, which increased from 39 percent to 56 percent over the same time period.

Google Dominates Canadian Search Market

Google grabbed 80.17 percent of all Canadian searches for the month of April, according to Hitwise.

MSN ranked second with 8.84 percent of the search market followed by Yahoo with 7.34 percent. Ask received 2.75 percent of searches, while the remaining 41 search engines in the Hitwise Search Engine Analysis Tool accounted for 1 percent of Canadian searches.

eBay To Close Vancouver Customer Service Center

Canadians have a reputation for being polite and kind people.  Unfortunately for around 700 customer service agents in Vancouver, this won’t be enough to save their jobs, as eBay’s announced its intentions to close a facility by the end of September. 

Anything You Say On Facebook Can And Will Be Held Against You
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Seems like hardly a month goes by without news about somebody’s social network profile getting them in trouble either with their school, with work, or with the court system. The two most recent cases come out of Canada, where a college student was put on probation for badmouthing a professor online, and a litigant may have to divulge information on his private Facebook account.

Bebo Opens Mobile in Canada

Earlier this month, Bebo announced its Open Mobile global partnership program. Now this has extended to all major Canaidan operators.

Click Fraud Is At An All Time High

Click Forensics has released a study showing that click fraud has hit 17.1%, an all-time high. For those of you who are unfamiliar, click fraud represents the act of clicking on a web advertisement to inflate click-through rates.

Google Earth Gets 3D Model Of Vancouver
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Remember how, in the months, weeks, and finally days before the 2008 Summer Olympics, companies were churning out all sorts of interesting little products that no one had time to use?  Google is starting to gear up for the 2010 Winter Olympics much sooner with a 3D model of Vancouver.

Digital Music Sales Reach New High In Canada
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Sales of digital music in Canada increased in 2008, but were not enough to make up for the loss of physical album sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan Canada.

Overall album sales declined 8.5 percent compared to 2007, which shows that the digital growth did not offset the decline in physical sales during the year.

More than 40 million digital tracks were purchased in 2008 representing an increase of nearly 60 percent over 2007 compared to a 73 percent increase in 2007 over 2006.

Canadians Can Now Find Their Neighbors on Twitter
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Last week we launched TwellowHood, part of our popular Twellow service, and a way to find people who are on Twitter by the cities they live in. This lets you find out who close to you is using Twitter, and can lead to you making some connections with locals that you may not have otherwise.

Microsoft Promotes Live Search In Canada With Contest
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Microsoft has introduced a new contest to Canadian users in an effort to promote its Live Search.

The promotion is called "Big Ticket" an online card game. Users are randomly dealt two cards when they conduct a query on Live Search. If the cards match users will be eligible to win a prize.

Bloggers Spill Canadian Election Beans
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Canada’s a big country, spanning six time zones, so when an election takes place, results from one end can come in well before the other side’s done voting.  Some bloggers recently created a hubbub by ignoring this situation.

Canadians Spending More Time Online
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Canadian Internet users are spending more time online but it is not significantly changing other media habits.

According to a new report by The Canadian Internet Project, Canadians find the time to be heavy Internet users while maintaining their level of use of other media forms.

Canadians Pleased With Major Search Engines
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The majority of Canadians who go online are satisfied with their search results from search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Microsoft’s Live Search, according to a new study by Ipsos Reid.

Eight in ten (80%) online Canadians said they are receiving the best results from their primary search engines. Sixty-six percent said their search results are objective and three-quarters said they could usually find what they are looking for on the first page of results.

When it comes to paid advertising within search results 62 percent of Canadians say they are skeptical of paid ads.

Canada Studying Google-Yahoo Deal
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The brakes haven’t been put on the advertising deal between Google and Yahoo, but the companies aren’t having an easy time of things, either.  Like certain onlookers and the U.S. Department of Justice, the Canadian Competition Bureau has decided to review their proposal.

Canadians Lead In Online Banking Usage
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When it comes to online banking, Canada is one of the world’s most developed markets according to a new report from comScore.

Out of 37 global markets Canada was number one in adoption of online banking, with 67.1 percent of Canadian Internet users banking online in April 2008. Other English – speaking countries had much lower penetration, including the UK (49.5%), U.S. (44%), and Australia (41.7 %).

Canada Finally Receiving iPhone
The long awaited iPhone is finally coming to Canada as well as over 20 other countries on July 11th.

Canadian Soldiers Told To Use Caution On Facebook
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The Canadian Defense Department is warning its soldiers not to post personal photos on social networking sites like Facebook, because of security concerns.

A memo told soldiers not to wear their uniforms in online photos and not to reveal their military ties. The CBC reported the memo said," Al Qaeda operatives are monitoring Facebook and other social networking sites."

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