Why Microsoft Bought LinkedIn

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  Microsoft recently purchased the professional networking site LinkedIn for $26.2 billion dollars.  Is it a good fit? Source: Wall Street Journal Date: September 13th, 2016 Link: http://www.wsj.com/articles/microsoft-gains-link-to-a-network-1465922927 Discussion 1) Microsoft “hopes to jump-start its software packages by connecting them with LinkedIn’s vast network” of 400 million users.  “Hopes” seems a little weak a word when you spend $26.2… Read more »

Who’s responsible when an autonomous car crashes?

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  Joshua Brown died when his autopilot system did not recognize a tractor-trailer turning in front of his Model S and his car plowed into it. The Ohio man’s family is now being represented by a law firm with expertise in product defect litigation, and it’s conducting an investigation. The federal government is also investigating… Read more »

As tech clusters spread, a fight to be Silicon Valley North

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The stretch of the 401 that connects Toronto with Kitchener-Waterloo has many hallmarks similar to California’s Highway 101. Source: The Toronto Star Date: August 30th, 2016 Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/2016/08/28/as-tech-clusters-spread-a-fight-to-be-silicon-valley-north.html Discussion 1) There is a notion explicit in this article that being like Silicon Valley in California, USA is actually a good thing.  What are some of the downsides of… Read more »

Set-top box crackdown will chill Canada’s tech innovation

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Canada’s federal court has issued an injunction banning several companies from distributing set-top boxes with pre-loaded software, despite the fact that everyone agrees the boxes also have legitimate uses.  Source: Toronto Star Date: August 25th, 2016 Link: Set top boxes Discussion 1) At issue here is ” set-top boxes that turn standard televisions into “smart TVs,” enabling users… Read more »

What became of Toronto’s push for free public Wi-Fi?

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Customers at a Toronto Tim Hortons use public Wi-Fi. Some smaller cities in Canada have had more success in providing free public Internet access instead of Toronto, which continues to strive for more Wi-Fi at city parks and facilities as well as in community housing.  Source: Toronto Star Date: August 17th, 2016 Link:Free public wifi in Toronto… Read more »

The Real Reason Warren Buffett Is Loading Up on Apple Stock

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Three months after Berkshire Hathaway began investing in Apple, Warren Buffett’s investment company dramatically boosted its stake in the iPhone maker, according to a new government filing.  The world’s most successful investor now owns nearly $1.5 billion worth of the tech giant’s stock.  Yet as recently as 2012 Buffett vowed that he wouldn’t invest in companies… Read more »