Appeals court affirms that Googles data collection with Street View cameras overreached

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Attorneys suing Google for enabling its camera-carrying vehicles to collect emails and Internet passwords while photographing neighbourhoods for the search giant’s popular “Street View” maps look forward to resuming their case now that a federal appeals court has ruled in their favour.The U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco said Tuesday that the Google went far beyond listening to accessible radio communication when they drew information from inside people’s homes.“The payload data transmitted over unencrypted Wi-Fi networks that was captured by Google included emails, usernames, passwords, images, and documents,” wrote the panel. “Even if it is commonplace for members of the general public to connect to a neighbour’s unencrypted Wi-Fi network, members of the general public do not typically mistakenly intercept, store, and decode data transmitted by other devices on the network.”Marc Rotenberg, executive director of Electronic Privacy Information Center, called it “a landmark decision for Internet privacy.”“The court made clear that the federal privacy law applies to residential Wi-Fi networks,” he said. “Users should be protected when a company tries to capture data that travels between their laptop and their printer in their home.”A Google spokesperson said Tuesday that attorneys for the Internet giant are “disappointed in the 9th Circuit’s decision and are considering our next steps.”Attorney Elizabeth Cabraser, representing a class action of plaintiffs who say their privacy was invaded, said they are pleased with the opinion and are looking forward to moving forward with their case.Google has apologized for the snooping, promised to stop collecting the data and said that collecting data from public Wi-Fi networks in more than 30 countries was inadvertent but not illegal.Earlier this year Google also settled a 37-state lawsuit for $7 million after attorney generals argued that that while Google vehicles drove through neighbourhoods between 2008 and March 2010 taking photos for the mapping software, the company also collected data being transferred through unsecured wireless networks.The practice was discovered by a German data protection commissioner in 2010. A few months later, Google co-founder Sergey Brin told conference goers the firm had made a mistake.“In short, let me just say that we screwed up,” he said at the time.Google says it has disabled the equipment that was collecting the data, and agreed to destroy the information as soon as possible.Street View allows users to zoom in to ground level photographs while browsing maps. by Martha Mendoza, The Associated Press Posted Sep 10, 2013 2:57 pm MDT Appeals court affirms that Google’s data collection with ‘Street View’ cameras overreached AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Uber proposes rideshare program in YYC

Uber proposes rideshare program in YYC by News Staff Posted Sep 12, 2014 7:41 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Calgarians looking to make a few extra bucks by offering a taxi service may soon be able to do so.Uber Technologies is looking for approval from Calgary City Hall for a new program called uberX.Toronto recently gave the company the thumbs up to operate its rideshare program.Spokesperson Jeff Weshler told 660News, under the program, anybody can sign up to be a taxi driverAfter clearing rigorous police background checks, they can offer rides at rates lower than local cab companies.“It’s not an average Joe; [the drivers] are undergoing very stringent checks. It means that these are safe and reliable rides that are being provided through this platform,” said Weshler.He said his company is in talks with the City of Calgary, hoping eventually they will be allowed to launch uberX here. read more

US stock market steadies itself after worst week since 2012

NEW YORK, N.Y. – U.S. stocks are stabilizing after their worst week in more than two years.The Dow Jones industrial average edged up one point to 16,546 in early trading Monday.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index also rose a point to 1,907. The Nasdaq composite rose seven points to 4,284.European stock markets also rose. China released trade figures Monday that showed a pickup in export growth and imports last month.U.S. stocks swung wildly last week and ended lower because of renewed fears of a slowdown in European economies. The S&P 500 fell 3.1 per cent, its worst weekly performance since a 4.3 per cent decline in May 2012.J.C. Penney rose 5 per cent Monday after it named a Home Depot executive as its next CEO. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US stock market steadies itself after worst week since 2012 by The Associated Press Posted Oct 13, 2014 7:41 am MDT read more

Russias credit ratings downgraded to junk level by Standard Poors agency amid

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a cabinet meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. The meeting focused on the government’s anti-crisis plan. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service) Russia’s credit ratings downgraded to ‘junk’ level by Standard & Poor’s agency amid crisis by The Associated Press Posted Jan 26, 2015 12:43 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – Standard & Poor’s rating agency on Monday downgraded Russia’s credit grade by one notch to junk status, citing a weakened economic outlook.The agency dropped the rating to BB+ from BBB- as it sees the country’s financial buffers at risk amid a slide in the country’s currency and weakening revenue from oil exports.“In our view, the Russian Federation’s monetary policy flexibility has weakened, as have its economic growth prospects,” it said.Russia’s economy has been hit hard by the double impact of weaker prices for its energy exports as well as Western sanctions.The Russian currency tumbled on the downgrade, dropping some 7 per cent to about 68.5 rubles to the dollar.Standard & Poor’s said that Russia’s financial system is weakening, limiting room for manoeuvr for Russia’s Central Bank. It said the bank “faces increasingly difficult monetary policy decisions,” while also trying to preserve incentives for growth.The Russian economy is expected to contract by 4 to 5 per cent this year for the first time since President Vladimir Putin took the helm in 2000.Capital outflows, which averaged $57 billion annually during 2009 to 2013, soared to $152 billion last year. “Stresses could mount for Russian corporations and banks that have foreign currency debt service requirements without a concomitant foreign currency revenue stream,” the rating agency said.Russia’s Finance Minister Anton Siluanov sought to play down the anticipated move, saying it reflected the rating agency’s “excessive pessimism.” He emphasized the Russian economy’s strong fundamentals, such as high level of hard currency reserves, trade surplus and low level of state debt.“These undoubtedly are Russia’s advantages in the current macroeconomic conditions,” Siluanov said in comments carried by Russian news agencies. “There is no reason to overdramatize the situation.”Prior to the announcement, Putin had a meeting with Cabinet members on anti-crisis measures. He said the government should focus on cutting spending, keeping inflation under control and making sure that the country doesn’t waste its hard currency reserves. read more

Community agriculture goes corporate with new agrihood housing developments

by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 31, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Aug 31, 2015 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Agriculture-based developments, or so-called agrihoods, have already sprung up across the U.S. and now they’re starting to take root in Canada. Developer Frosst Creek Development Co. is building 129 homes along with four hectares of fruit orchards, berry patches, and vegetable gardens, such as this example shown in an artist’s digital rendering. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO Community agriculture goes corporate with new agrihood housing developments Community agriculture is going mainstream, and big business has taken note.No longer limited to a few gardening boxes on an old parking lot, the trend is taking centre stage in housing developments being built around the idea of community-grown local food.The agriculture-based developments, or so-called agrihoods, have already sprung up across the U.S. and now they’re starting to take root in Canada.One of the first is being established on an old cattle farm about 100 kilometres east of Vancouver, where Frosst Creek Development Co. is building 129 homes along with four hectares of fruit orchards, berry patches and vegetable gardens.“What we are trying to do out here is being one of the first to have a farm-to-table agricultural recreational feel throughout the whole community,” said Steven Van Geel, sales director at Frosst Creek and son of the property’s developer, Jon Van Geel.“We wanted to create an area where you can literally walk off the back deck of your property, pick an apple from the apple orchard behind your property, and go inside and make a pie from it.”The development, called Creekside Mills at Cultus Lake, will have a full-time farmer to tend to the crops, but Van Geel says he sees owners getting involved and helping with the pruning and weeding of the plants, while children can learn about where their food comes from.The communal aspect is a big part of the growing popularity of the food-to-table movement, says Tara Moreau, associate director of sustainability and community programs at the University of British Columbia’s Botanical Garden.“It’s becoming a significant trend, and I think it’s because food allows people to gather together,” said Moreau.“The rise of these agrihoods is an indication of that,” said Moreau. “They seem to have sprouted up as places where people can grow food and learn about agriculture but also live and interact.”In the U.S., these farm-to-table communities can run at a much larger scale, like the Prairie Crossing development in Illinois that has a 40-hectare farm alongside 359 houses, and the Willowsford development in Virginia that manages 121 hectares of farmland as part of a planned 2,000 homes.But the potential scale of these developments has Moreau concerned that it could mean an overall loss of farmland.“Even though it’s going to be an environment where you’re wanting people to engage closely with agriculture, you’re taking that agricultural soil and turning it into a house.”It’s a concern shared by Joe Nasr, an instructor at Ryerson University’s Centre for Studies in Food Security, who has seen conflicts with developers and farmers in Ontario.“I could see it as a Trojan Horse, where maybe some particular development that otherwise might not get developed might happen because they take this approach,” said Nasr.The problem is pronounced in B.C.’s Lower Mainland, where farmland is scarce and property values high.In Delta, the Southlands development has stirred up controversy for proposing to transfer 172 hectares of land into a public community farm while building houses on another 43 hectares of what was once farmland in B.C.’s Agricultural Land Reserve.Van Geel said that while Creekside Mills is being built on old farmland, much of it wasn’t in the land reserve, so the development actually has them increasing the size of the reserve by close to a hectare with their four hectares of farmland. read more

The Latest GM ignition switch trial dismissed

by The Associated Press Posted Jan 22, 2016 8:02 am MDT Last Updated Jan 22, 2016 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Latest: GM ignition switch trial dismissed NEW YORK, N.Y. – The latest on a New York trial over General Motors’ faulty ignition switches (all times local):10 a.m.The first trial aimed at aiding settlement of hundreds of lawsuit stemming from General Motors’ faulty ignition switches has been dismissed because of questions about the plaintiff’s story.The claims of an Oklahoma man whose air bags didn’t inflate when his car crashed in 2014 unraveled during the Manhattan federal court trial.At the request of lawyers on both sides, a judge dismissed the case Friday.U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman had asked the parties to discuss dropping the case a day earlier after he concluded there was merit to GM’s claims that a document was doctored and injuries were exaggerated.GM says it is pleased the case is ending without any payment to the plaintiffs. A lawyer for plaintiff Robert Scheuer said he is disappointed but that other litigation against the automaker will continue.___9:10 a.m.Both sides say they’ll seek the dismissal of a trial aimed at defining settlement options for hundreds of lawsuits stemming from General Motors’ faulty ignition switches.Attorney Robert C. Hilliard said the action being taken Friday will mark a “disappointing” end to the trial from the plaintiffs’ point of view.General Motors Co. spokesman James R. Cain said the Manhattan case was unmerited.It involved an Oklahoma man whose air bags didn’t inflate when his car crashed in 2014.On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman said that General Motors should be entitled to dispute the claims of Robert Scheuer with new evidence raising questions about his testimony. read more

Saputo expands Neilson brand chocolate milk recall over Listeria concerns

Saputo expands Neilson brand chocolate milk recall over Listeria concerns by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 6, 2016 11:30 am MDT Last Updated Jun 6, 2016 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Saputo Inc. has voluntarily expanded the recall of Neilson brand partly skimmed chocolate milk due to possible Listeria contamination.The recall first announced Saturday applied only to four-litre bags of chocolate milk sold in Ontario and Quebec with a June 1 best before date.The recall now includes milk with expiry dates up to June 22 and includes all sizes of Neilson chocolate milk made at its Georgetown, Ont., plant until production stopped late Friday.The move followed a positive test on one of 70 random samples taken by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency at a supermarket.Although no additional samples tested positive, the Montreal-based company said it expanded the recall out of caution.Saputo spokeswoman Sandy Vassiadis says the company is investigating.The production line at the plant has been cleaned and dismantled but it’s unknown when production will resume, Vassiadis said.“It will only reopen when we are satisfied that we found the root cause and that we are ready to reopen,” she said.The agency says there have been reported illnesses that may be associated with the consumption of the product. Vassiadis said further lab testing is underway to confirm the link.Food contaminated with Listeria can cause vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headaches and neck stiffness. read more

Move to Gibraltar among British Google searches after vote

by The Associated Press Posted Jun 24, 2016 1:17 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 25, 2016 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A remain supporter stops to talk to people as he walks around with his European flag across the street from the Houses of Parliament in London, Friday, June 24, 2016. Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron announced Friday that he will quit as Prime Minister following a defeat in the referendum which ended with a vote for Britain to leave the European Union. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) ‘Move to Gibraltar’ among British Google searches after vote LONDON – The United Kingdom’s historic vote to exit the European Union is dominating the conversation online as well as global headlines.Google Trends is reporting spiking searches in the United Kingdom for “getting an Irish passport” and “move to Gibraltar,” the British territory on the south coast of Spain.Google also reports one of the top questions asked by UK users since the Brexit referendum results were released is “what is the EU?” Search interest in the British pound is at its highest level ever.Twitter says some 6.4 million tweets were sent in the UK from the opening of polls Thursday through British Prime Minister David Cameron’s resignation speech Friday.Twitter says it’s rare that the name of a country trends in that country. read more

Alberta First Nations chief to be honoured for 30 years of business

by 660 NEWS Staff Posted Nov 20, 2016 3:08 pm MDT Photo: Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business Alberta First Nations chief to be honoured for 30 years of business leadership AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Business leaders from across Canada will be in Calgary celebrating the successes of an Alberta First Nations chief. Jim Boucher, who is the chief of the Fort McKay First Nation in northern Alberta, will be honoured on Wednesday evening at the Aboriginal Connections Reception. J.P. Gladu, president and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, said Boucher has spent the past 30 years building strong partnerships between Fort McKay, industry and government. Gladu said in the early days, the First Nation was opposed to development for fears it would be negatively impacted, but shifted when members realized there were opportunities to work with industry to develop their economy, and that they could have a say in how and where the development happened. He said Boucher’s ability to build relationships has led to the economic and social success of the First Nation. “At the end of the day, it gets down to relationships,” Gladu said. “We need to treat relationships like we treat our marriages in that if we’re going to have a healthy marriage; we have to have a healthy understanding of each other.”“We have to understand where the value is in the relationship, and we have to communicate regularly. We both have to benefit from the relationship, and we both have to be at the table when we make decisions.”Gladu added, Boucher took time and effort to build these types of relationships, and the companies Fort McKay works with have reciprocated, which is why the community is such a success story. read more

Home sales plummet in previously redhot Vancouver as market softens

by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 2, 2017 11:26 am MDT Last Updated Feb 2, 2017 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A real estate sold sign is shown outside a house in Vancouver, Tuesday, Jan.3, 2017. Home sales in Metro Vancouver last month dropped by almost 40 per cent compared with January 2016 with the sale of detached houses falling hardest. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward VANCOUVER – Home sales in Metro Vancouver last month dropped by almost 40 per cent from the year before with the sale of detached houses falling hardest.The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver says the townhome and condominium markets are more active than sales for detached homes.Just over 1,500 residential properties sold in January, down 39.5 per cent from about 2,500 sales that were recorded in January 2016.Board president Dan Morrison says it has been a “lukewarm” start to the year.“While we saw near record-breaking sales at this time last year, home buyers and sellers are more reluctant to engage so far in 2017,” he said in a statement.Sales last month were also down about 11 per cent from December, when about 1,700 homes sold.The benchmark price for detached properties was about $1.5 million in January, down 6.6 per cent over the last six months. The board says townhouse and condominium prices have remained steady.The B.C. government brought in a 15-per-cent tax on foreign buyers in the Vancouver area last August but some analysts have said the market was already showing signs of softening after months of scorching sales.Last month, provincial government data showed a steep drop in real estate transactions in the Vancouver area after the tax came in.Tax revenues from property transfers in Metro Vancouver indicate there were almost 15,000 transactions in a seven-week period ending Aug. 1, but the number declined to a low of about 4,700 in October.The number of foreign buyers fell from about 1,970 in the period ending Aug. 1, to 60 in the rest of August. In November, about 200 property transfers involved foreigners.The board says the number of new listings for detached, attached and apartment properties also dropped by almost seven per cent last month compared with January 2016. The inventory of homes listed for sale grew by about 14 per cent in January compared to December.Royal LePage recently forecasted an 8.5 per cent price correction in Greater Vancouver this year. Home sales plummet in previously red-hot Vancouver as market softens read more