In late August, Simon Fraser University became the first Canadian university to accept Bitcoin donations.

The announcement came with Bitcoin donations worth a total of $6,000 from two individuals. 

A month later, it's clear the news didn't result in a Bitcoin bonanza for the university, at least not right away.

Today (September 30), SFU's administration confirmed to the Straight that after the initial gifts, the university received a couple of small donations worth a total of about $100.

The latest major operating system bug to be found this year again strikes at the heart of open source software.

Malicious hackers will likely use this bug to target not people’s personal computer devices but rather things like routers and web servers in order to launch ever-larger dedicated denial of denial of service attacks against targets on the Internet such as yesterday’s (September 28) DDoS attack against the new social media service Ello.

Free Wi-Fi is coming to Surrey.

At over 40 locations—all recreation centres and some parks, civic buildings, and public spaces—residents and visitors will eventually be able to access the Internet at no charge.

Surrey council has approved a multi-year licensing agreement with Shaw Communications, which will see that company build and run the wireless network. Shaw will get access to city facilities and "shared marketing opportunities".

In the last Vancouver municipal election, some were surprised when George Affleck was one of two NPA candidates elected to city council.

After all, Affleck had no elected experience, unlike one of his party's losing candidates, Bill Yuen.

But Affleck had far more Twitter followers than any of the other NPA candidates, plus he bought full-page ads promoting himself in advance of the election.

It was enough to push him ahead of the pack.

This election, I'm curious to see if there's any correlation between Twitter followers and the mayoral races in various municipalities.

In Vancouver, Gregor Robertson's @mayorgregor account has 45,400 followers, giving him a huge advantage.

Could this be Uber's big chance for a comeback in Vancouver?

In 2012, Uber got kicked to the curb by B.C.'s Passenger Transportation Board. Now, news reports indicate executives with the San Francisco-based company behind the popular taxi and ridesharing app are meeting with city councillors.

In August, we shared a video showing a drone flying around condo buildings in the so-called Crosstown area of downtown Vancouver.

Now a Vancouverite has been unnerved by another sighting of an unmanned aerial vehicle near David Lam Park in Yaletown.

Twitter user Jo Nugus posted the above photo last night (September 25) just after 11 p.m.

She called the drone "creepy" and urged Vancouver police to investigate.

BlackBerry's new Passport smartphone has a square touchscreen, a touch-enabled keyboard, and the new BlackBerry 10.3 operating system.

Users can download apps from both BlackBerry World and the Amazon Appstore. It costs $699 unlocked.

Ready to throw away your Samsung Galaxy S5? Maybe if your company's paying.

Are you skeptical of the self-serving, techno-utopian rhetoric of corporate execs? You might enjoy Canadian-born writer Astra Taylor's book The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age (Random House Canada).

Yesterday a Dumpster diver wanted me to appraise something he had dug out of someone’s garbage.

The glossy white thing was adorned with the words “Lepow Stone Power” and punctuated by three USB ports (one with a cable still attached) so it was obviously tech of some kind. Otherwise it was the right size and shape to be a very serviceable skipping stone.

The Moonstone the resident rejected

The District of Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast says it is the first community in B.C. to provide free public wireless Internet access in its downtown area.

Sechelt Innovations Ltd., the business development arm of the municipality, announced the free Wi-Fi network today (September 15).

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