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CANADA

BlackBerry fires its product testing team
BlackBerry fires its product testing team

OTTAWA, CANADA: Struggling smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry has fired 250 employees in a new product testing division at its Canadian headquarters, a spokesman for the company said on Thursday, 25 July.

26 Jul 2013

CANADA

BlackBerry customers 'happy' with Z10
BlackBerry customers 'happy' with Z10

MONTREAL, CANADA: Smartphone maker BlackBerry last week slammed as "false and misleading" a brokerage research note that claimed consumers were returning the new Z10 handsets at a high rate.

15 Apr 2013

JAPAN

Faulty airbag forces Toyota recall
Faulty airbag forces Toyota recall

TOKYO, JAPAN: Japanese automotive giant Toyota said Wednesday (30 January) it would recall more than 900,000 vehicles in Canada, Japan, Mexico and the United States because of an airbag problem.

31 Jan 2013

CANADA

WhatsApp breached privacy laws
WhatsApp breached privacy laws

OTTAWA, CANADA: WhatsApp's mobile messaging service used by hundreds of millions of people worldwide breached privacy laws in at least two countries, a joint Canadian-Dutch probe concluded on Monday (28 January).

29 Jan 2013

SOUTH AFRICA

Shared battery technology may up demand for electric cars
Shared battery technology may up demand for electric cars

The McGill Daily reports that Hydro-Québec, a Montreal-based, government-owned public utility that is responsible for the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity across Quebec, and Technifin, a subsidiary of the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), have agreed to share the intellectual property (IP) rights to their respective lithium-based technologies.

2 Nov 2011

UNITED STATES

Unemployment, inflation worries hit consumer confidence
Unemployment, inflation worries hit consumer confidence

NEW YORK, US: Consumer confidence fell in 25 out of 52 countries in Q4 2010 as hope for a global economic recovery evaporated at the end of last year, according to the latest edition of the Nielsen Global Consumer Confidence Index, which tracks consumer confidence, major concerns and spending intentions among online consumers.

27 Jan 2011

UNITED STATES

Hope for full global economic recovery in 2010 diminishes
Hope for full global economic recovery in 2010 diminishes

NEW YORK, US: After an upbeat start to the year with two consecutive quarters of increases in optimism, global consumer confidence fell three points in September to an Index of 90 as consumers' hopes for a full economic recovery this year fades in most parts of the world, according to the latest edition of the Nielsen Global Consumer Confidence Index.

27 Oct 2010