Ever wonder what a Metro Vancouver transit police officer eats for lunch? Or what kind of criminals they bust on the SkyTrain? Or how much they get paid?
Well, the chance to grill the Transit Police Service online about who they are and what they do has arrived.
Chief Neil Dubord and Const. Graham Walker—who handles social media duties for the service—are taking part in an AMA event on the popular website Reddit.
Here's Arielle with your Weekly News Update, introducing Our Fair Deal Coalition.
International organizations have banded together to advocate for a fair deal to come out of TPP negotiations. As it stands, proposed copyright provisions in the TPP threaten our access to knowledge and would shut down our internet.
Raise your voice for a fair deal at ourfairdeal.org.
Last year, telecom giant Bell unleashed a new $3.4 billion plan to take control of Astral Media, one of Canada’s largest media companies.
Budding software developers will be vying to impress a panel of Facebook engineers during an upcoming hackathon event in Vancouver.
The overnight programming contest is open to individuals or small teams who will compete to produce the best app for a range of platforms, organizers said.
The winners will be invited to the Facebook Hacker Cup, an annual programming contest held at the social media company’s headquarters in California.
The hackathon is the highlight of CUTC Infect, a daylong undergraduate technology conference taking place at the University of B.C. on Saturday (May 4).
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week, after a last-minute amendment that some have argued will allow for even broader application of the bill. It is now awaiting a vote in the Senate, though the Senators don’t seem to be in any hurry to get to it.
Johnny Depp isn't the only swashbuckling pirate running amok.
He has a real-life rival who goes by the name of Gottfrid Svartholm.
Four years ago, a Swedish court found Svartholm and three associates guilty of being accessories to copyright infringement.
It was in connection with their Pirate Bay website, which enables people to download BitTorrent files.
The four men were fined $4 million and sentenced to a year in jail for essentially acting like pirates. (Why Google escapes similar scrutiny is another story altogether.)
Svartholm disappeared for a few years before being arrested in Cambodia, which attracted headlines around the world.
But that hasn't finished off Pirate Bay.
The CBC has announced that senior executive Kirstine Stewart is leaving the public broadcaster for Twitter Canada.
Stewart was appointed the executive vice-president of English-language services in 2011. A recruitment process has been launched to find a replacement. Her responsibilities will be assumed on an interim basis by Neil McEneaney, general manager of finance and strategy.
Subsequent to this article being posted on Straight.com, the CEO of SocialBakers, Jan Rezab, posted the following statement on the company's website:
Sometimes, journalists get stats wrong. The Facebook stats found on our page are not primarily intended for journalists, but rather Ad estimates for marketers.
We previously published a clarification to one of The Guardian’s articles three months ago (read more inClarification to Guardian on Facebook losing UK users). In this article, I explained the stats in question, revealed the source of the stats, and admonished journalists against jumping to conclusions about them going forward.
Leading Australian independent bookstore Pages & Pages has announced that in response to the Kindle's dominance of the e-reader market, it will be offering customers a gift certificate worth A$50 if they turn in their Kindles and purchase one of the store's line of e-readers.
Pages & Pages manager and Australian Booksellers Association president Jon Page said that "Pages & Pages is no longer sitting passively by while Amazon steals our customers and steals their reading choices. Through this campaign we want people to understand what Amazon is doing and make an informed choice to have choice."