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Quebec government moves to ban planned obsolescence, ensure products can be repaired

Quebec government moves to ban planned obsolescence, ensure products can be repaired

QUEBEC — The Quebec government wants to ban the sale of products that aren't intended to last and reinforce consumers' ability to repair the products they buy.
Meta starts testing paid verification for Canadian Facebook, Instagram creators

Meta starts testing paid verification for Canadian Facebook, Instagram creators

TORONTO — Meta Platforms Inc. has begun allowing "up-and-coming creators" in Canada to pay to be verified on Facebook and Instagram. The social media company says in a release that the pay-for-verification program is called Meta Verified.
Funded deals, investment totals fall as VCs adjust to new normal: BDC

Funded deals, investment totals fall as VCs adjust to new normal: BDC

TORONTO — Canada's venture capitalists settled into a new normal marked by fewer and more cautious investments last year — and a new report suggests the pattern will continue.
Shopify faces class action over severance offered to recently laid off staff

Shopify faces class action over severance offered to recently laid off staff

A class-action lawsuit alleges Shopify Inc. reneged on a deal it offered some employees who were laid off in a recent round of cuts.
Technology could be key to future wildfire prevention, fighting: companies

Technology could be key to future wildfire prevention, fighting: companies

When wildfires hit Alberta earlier this month, leaving more than 10,000 square kilometres of land scorched so far this year, João Lopes was worried about how much more devastation could be on its way.
Ontario urged to develop 'guardrails' on public sector use of AI

Ontario urged to develop 'guardrails' on public sector use of AI

TORONTO — Ontario should put in place "effective guardrails" on the public sector's use of artificial intelligence technologies, the Information and Privacy Commissioner and the Ontario Human Rights Commission said Thursday in a joint statement.
Death of the password coming as passkey technology on brink of consumer adoption

Death of the password coming as passkey technology on brink of consumer adoption

TORONTO — Anna Pobletts has spent the last few years on a mission to make passwords a thing of the past, but passkeys — the technology that could replace them — have never truly been on the brink of widespread consumer adoption until this year.
Uber to allow Canadian teens to set up ride-share accounts this summer

Uber to allow Canadian teens to set up ride-share accounts this summer

TORONTO — Canadian teens will soon be able to hitch a ride with Uber as the ride-hailing app works to expand its market. The U.S.
Binance to stop serving Canadian market, blames new stablecoin guidance

Binance to stop serving Canadian market, blames new stablecoin guidance

Cryptocurrency exchange giant Binance says it will be withdrawing its services from Canada. In a tweet, it blamed its decision to depart the country on new guidance related to stablecoins and investor limits provided to crypto exchanges.
'BlackBerry' pockets rave reviews as tech leaders say phone story doesn't ring true

'BlackBerry' pockets rave reviews as tech leaders say phone story doesn't ring true

TORONTO — “BlackBerry” director Matt Johnson is enjoying the controversy simmering around his latest film.