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Uber says 815,000 Canadians affected by data breach as formal investigation opened

CALGARY—Uber Canada said late Monday that 815,000 Canadian riders and drivers may have been affected as part of its worldwide data breach announced in November. The disclosure came the same day the federal privacy commissioner said it had opened a formal investigation into the data breach, which saw the theft of information from some 57 million Uber accounts globally in …

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PokerStars buyer goes to court in insider trading trial

MONTREAL—More than three years after the $4.9-billion (U.S.) PokerStars deal turned his company into one of the world’s largest online gambling businesses, David Baazov was in court Monday to face insider trading and market manipulation charges. The trial that started in Montreal is the largest of its kind ever prosecuted by Autorite des Marches Financiers, the Quebec securities regulator. It’s …

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Fingerlings sold out? Blame it on the bots

Fingerlings, those colourful chirping monkeys (and sloths and unicorns) that wrap around your finger, have become one of the most desired toys on holiday shopping lists. Unfortunately, the $25 creatures are sold out online almost everywhere. Toys R Us? Gone. Walmart? None left in stock. Mastermind? Nope. But check eBay or Amazon, and sellers are offering them for double, triple …

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Nike’s reboot of Cortez sneakers falters and shows its age

NEW YORK—In 1967, the company that would become the world-famous shoe brand Nike needed an identity for its new, state-of-the-art running shoe. Co-founders Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman settled on “Aztec,” according to Knight’s autobiography. But industry giant Adidas had a track spike called “Azteca Gold” and was allegedly threatening to sue. Chewing over their choices, the Oregon entrepreneurs fired the …

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Cutting into Amazon’s dominance, U.S. retailers see victory on Black Friday

Brick-and-mortar retailers did enough things right on Black Friday to consider the event a success, even if the crowds of past years haven’t returned. Chains simplified promotions this year and took a keener eye to managing their inventory. At Wal-Mart Stores Inc., colour-coded maps helped shoppers navigate the aisles. Retailers also made headway with their e-commerce sites, aiming to chip …

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China busts underground bank used to funnel $3 billion out of the country

BEIJING—The money came from all over China — its wealthy southern and eastern coasts as well as the arid northwest — as thousands of people scrambled to circumvent the country’s strict controls on wealth. In the end, more than 10,000 people had used an underground bank to effectively funnel $3 billion (U.S.) out of the country before authorities put a …

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Amazon workers stage Black Friday strikes in Germany and Italy

BERLIN—Workers at a half dozen Amazon distribution centres in Germany and one in Italy walked off the job Friday, in a protest timed to coincide with “Black Friday” to demand better wages from the American online giant. In Germany, Ver.di union spokesperson Thomas Voss said some 2,500 workers were on strike at Amazon facilities in Bad Hersfeld, Leipzig, Rheinberg, Werne, …

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Metro to expand online shopping, delivery services as it faces Amazon competition

VANCOUVER—Metro Inc. is looking to expand its online grocery offerings to Ontario next year, making it the latest Canadian retailer to ramp up its e-commerce options in the face of potential competition from Amazon. Metro CEO Eric La Flèche said Wednesday the grocer already offers “click and collect” in seven stores in Quebec and home delivery service in Greater Montreal, …

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How hackers use unsuspecting companies’ websites to help ‘mine’ for online currency

VANCOUVER—Anyone casually surfing the internet at home can be deployed as an unwittingly productive member of a hacker’s workforce, a practice known as “cryptojacking” that is on the rise. Internet sleuths have discovered malicious code on the websites of several major companies — including Canada’s Loblaw Companies Ltd. — left by cryptojackers looking to break into computers and commandeer their …

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TransCanada Keystone pipeline leaks 795,000 litres of crude oil in South Dakota

About 5,000 barrels of oil, or about 795,000 litres, gushed out of the Keystone pipeline on Thursday in South Dakota, blackening a grassy field in the remote northeast part of the state and sending cleanup crews and emergency workers scrambling to the site. “This is not a little spill from any perspective,” said Kim McIntosh, an environmental scientist with the …

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