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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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Recreational Marijuana Ruling Creates Foggy Space for Artisanal Products

It’s Sunday afternoon and Toronto’s Centre for Social Innovation is packed full of marijuana enthusiasts perusing tables of goods. Everything from marijuana-infused barbecue sauce to medicated body rubs is available at Green Market, where artisans peddle their various craft cannabis products. Such events, which sell to patients and casual users alike, operate within a foggy regulatory environment. Selling marijuana is …

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Why You Might Not be Able to Buy Whipped Cream this Christmas

If you were planning to serve whipped cream with your holiday desserts this year, you might want to acquaint yourself with the homemade kind. Thanks to a North American shortage of nitrous oxide, a critical ingredient in aerosol whipped creams, some major manufacturers have announced that they won’t be able to keep up with holiday demand. Among the companies that …

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Retailers to End on-call Scheduling

An estimated 50,000 workers nationwide for Disney, Aeropostale and four other U.S. retailers are expected to get an early holiday present from their employers — new agreements to end on-call work shift scheduling. A coalition of state attorneys general said Tuesday that Carter’s, David’s Tea, PacSun and Zumiez also have said they will stop the practice, which typically requires employees …

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Tek Savvy Customers Get Early Christmas Courtesy of the CRTC

Score one for the little guys. Internet users who get their connection through service provider TekSavvy got an early Christmas present this week. The company began sending emails to its customers on Monday telling them their internet charges will be going down starting in January. “Usually when you get an email from a company it’s some sort of spammy holiday …

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Australia’s Annual Budget Deficits Worsen by $7.5 Billion U.S.

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA—Australia’s projected budget deficits for the next four years have increased by 10.3 billion Australian dollars (US$7.5 billion) to AU$94.9 billion as the economy continues to slow following a China-driven mining boom, the government’s latest forecasts showed Monday. The budget would return to surplus in 2020-21, despite falling revenue and a slowing economy, Treasurer Scott Morrison said. “On the …

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Fairfax Agrees to Buy Allied World For $4.9B

Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., the Canadian investment and insurance company, agreed to buy Allied World Assurance Co. for $4.9 billion (U.S.) in cash and stock in chief executive officer Prem Watsa’s biggest purchase. Fairfax will pay $54 per share, which is 18 per cent higher than Allied’s closing price on Friday. For every share, Allied investors will receive about $10 …

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