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Chief of Japan’s Top ad Company Dentsu to Resign After Overworked Employee’s Suicide

TOKYO—The president of top Japanese advertising company Dentsu Inc. will step down to take responsibility for the suicide of a worker who had clocked massive overtime. President Tadashi Ishii said at a Tokyo news conference he will tender his resignation at a board meeting in January although he will stay through March as a courtesy to shareholders. Earlier Wednesday, government …

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Nearly Half of Canadians Charged For Exceeding Wireless Data Limits Last Year: CRTC Survey

In a country with notoriously expensive wireless data, 46 per cent of Canadians had to pay extra fees for exceeding their data limits last year, according to newly released data from the federal telecom regulator. The survey, commissioned by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, precedes the regulator’s review of the wireless code early next year. The findings come as …

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Challenge 2017: ‘Pets, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ roll’ will Dominate the Retail Landscape

Fred Waks has spent decades as a shopping centre developer watching and anticipating retail trends as chief executive of Trinity Development Group Inc. and former president and chief operating officer at RioCan REIT. But his crystal ball for brick-and-mortar retailers is a little murky as they ponder how to divide up their investments between capital upgrades and technological ones to …

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Big Three try to Regain Ground on self-driving Cars

In the race to develop self-driving cars, Michigan is suddenly aiming to give Silicon Valley a run for its money. The Motor City has been the centre of the United States auto industry for more than a century. But as computer chips and software have become increasingly important in automobiles, Silicon Valley has seemed to take the lead, especially in …

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Netflix, Marvel Targets of Twitter Hack by Security Group

These days, no one is safe from hacking — not even Marvel superheroes. A group of Marvel and Netflix Twitter accounts were hacked Wednesday by OurMine, a hacker group that says it targets high-profile social media accounts to advertise its security services. OurMine hacked into the accounts of both studios — including Marvel’s superhero franchise accounts such as The Avengers, …

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Ontario’s Beer Store Appoints its First Ombudsman

A former ombudsman at one of Canada’s big banks has been tapped to investigate complaints of a far more frothy nature: beer. The Beer Store has appointed Charles Dougall as Ontario’s first beer ombudsman. The foreign-owned consortium, which operates more than 470 retail outlets throughout the province, says Dougall will be responsible for mediating operational disputes between the Beer Store, …

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Black Lives Matter Launches black-owned Business Directory

The activist organization Black Lives Matter stirred up much controversy during this election year in its effort to bring more attention to the challenges faced by black Americans. Now the organization is really getting down to business — by supporting black-owned businesses. Launched this week, the Google-powered Backing Black Business site aims to list every business in the country owned …

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CRTCBbroadband Internet Ruling Still Leaves Room for High Prices

The Canadian telecom regulator’s declaration Wednesday that high-speed Internet is a basic service entitlement like a home phone continues to draw applause, but some observers say the underling problem remains — Canadians still pay some of the highest Internet prices in the developed world. “This does not address affordability; it addresses access,” Stuart Jack, head of the telecom practice at …

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