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‘World power is shifting’: A self-made Lebanese billionaire explains why all the best business opportunities are in the East, even as the trade war rages

Bassim Haidar — the self-made billionaire CEO of Channel IT Group — gave an exclusive interview to Business Insider this week at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. He outlined why he thinks the best business opportunities are in the East right now. Haidar also had some choice words for the situations […]

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Ontario isn’t friendly, Alberta resents everyone else and nobody likes Quebec: poll

EDMONTON — Quebec is the least popular province in Confederation, according to new polling from the Angus Reid Institute. The survey, part of a four-part series on western Canadian identity, found that, on average, just five per cent of Canadians outside Quebec believe that Quebec is close with or friendly towards their own province; what’s […]

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10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Google confirmed it will appeal its recent $57 million fine for breaching Europe’s strict new privacy rules. Google said it was concerned about how the ruling would impact publishers. Canada’s ambassador to China said that Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou has a strong […]


Microsoft’s Bing search engine is the latest victim of China’s ‘block and don’t tell’

Last night, several people on Twitter and Reddit based in China complained that Microsoft’s Bing search engine was inaccessible; hours later, the company confirmed that the search engine was indeed blocked across the country. “We’ve confirmed that Bing is currently inaccessible in China and are engaged to determine next steps,” a company spokesperson told TNW […]

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How the Internet of Things will transform consumerism, enterprises, and governments over the next five years

The Internet of Things is fueling the data-based economy and bridging the divide between physical and digital worlds. Consumers, companies, and governments will install more than 40 billion IoT devices worldwide through 2023. The next five years will mark a pivotal transformation in how companies and jurisdictions operate, and how consumers live. Being successful in […]

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Microsoft’s president says tech’s bruising 2018 has left scars that will result in US federal regulation as early as this year

Microsoft President Brad Smith said the tech industry is changed forever after a “watershed” 2018 when privacy became embedded into the global consciousness thanks to Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal. He said new US federal privacy laws are inevitable, and could come into force as early as this year, potentially borrowing heavily from the EU’s GDPR […]

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Huawei announces 5G smartphone based on own technology

BEIJING — Chinese tech giant Huawei announced plans Wednesday to release a next-generation smartphone based on its own technology instead of U.S. components, stepping up efforts to compete with Western industry leaders in the face of Washington’s warnings the company might be a security risk. Huawei Technologies Ltd., the biggest global supplier of network switching […]

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Uncharted waters: Scientists to explore Indian Ocean depths

BREMEVERHAVEN, Germany — Scientists prepared Thursday to embark on an unprecedented, years-long mission to explore the Indian Ocean and document changes taking place beneath the waves that could affect billions of people in the surrounding region over the coming decades. The ambitious expedition will delve into one of the last major unexplored frontiers on the […]