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  • Website helps parents, coaches ID concussion

    TORONTO - Deciding whether a child may have sustained a concussion while engaged in play or sport can be difficult because tell-tale symptoms may not show up right away. But a new online resource aimed at parents and coaches could help make that determination a whole lot easier.

  • Amaya acquisition gets regulatory approval

    MONTREAL - Amaya Gaming Group Inc. says its proposed US$4.9-billion bid to buyer the world's largest online poker company, operator of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, has received approval from the gaming regulatory authorities.

  • EU antitrust body clears Apple's $3bn Beats dealEU antitrust body clears Apple's $3bn Beats deal

    BRUSSELS - The European Union's antitrust authority has cleared Apple's $3 billion deal to buy Beats Electronics, which makes headphones and offers music streaming services.

  • Nova Scotia judge welcomes Twitter in courtsNova Scotia judge welcomes Twitter in courts

    HALIFAX - A top judge in Nova Scotia says he is surprised at the positive impact live-tweeting inside the courtroom has had after the province's judiciary recently relaxed the rules on the use of Twitter in the courts.

  • Samsung postpones launch of Tizen smartphoneSamsung postpones launch of Tizen smartphone

    SEOUL, South Korea - Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday it is delaying sales of its first Tizen-powered smartphone in the latest setback to the company's ambition to create a mobile platform to rival Google's Android or Apple's iOS.

  • Robot to hitchhike from Halifax to Victoria

    HALIFAX - Travellers in Canada may have some unusual company on the highway this summer as a Wellie-wearing, social media-savvy robot hits the road on a mission to hitchhike its way from Halifax to Victoria.

  • Get paid for posts? Social networking's new twist

    SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook and most other social networks are built on the premise that just about everything should be shared —except the money those posts produce.

  • Facebook 2Q earnings, revenue soar

    MENLO PARK, Calif. - Facebook is on a roll. The world's largest online social network posted sharply higher earnings on Wednesday as revenue from mobile advertising continued to grow, along with its user base.

  • Cheaper wireless plans cut into AT&T 2Q profitCheaper wireless plans cut into AT&T 2Q profit

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - AT&T Inc. on Wednesday posted lower net income for the latest quarter due to cheaper cellphone plans it introduced as a response to aggressive pricing from smaller competitor T-Mobile US.

  • AP source: Thieves got into 1K StubHub accounts

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - Cyber thieves got into more than 1,000 StubHub customers' accounts and fraudulently bought tickets for events through the online ticket reseller, a law enforcement official and the company said.

  • Review: Fire phone, an improvement on the familiar

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - Many of the Amazon Fire phone's features are twists on apps and concepts tried in other devices.

  • reveals cheapest days to fly in Canada

    TORONTO - Canadians should look to fly on a Tuesday if they're travelling domestically or on a Thursday if they're leaving the country, suggests data from the travel website Kayak, which is looking back on its first year in Canada.

  • Review: Amazon Fire offers new ways to use phonesReview: Amazon Fire offers new ways to use phones

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - What I find fascinating about Amazon's Fire phone isn't the gizmos such as the 3-D imagery or the camera scanner that helps you get more information about products.

  • Microsoft CEO sees 'bold' plan as 4Q tops StreetMicrosoft CEO sees 'bold' plan as 4Q tops Street

    REDMOND, Wash. - Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella painted an upbeat vision of the future Tuesday, saying that the next version of Windows will be unified across screens of all sizes and that two money-losing units — Nokia phones and Bing search — would become profitable in 2016.

  • LinkedIn to buy ad tech company Bizo for $175M

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - LinkedIn Corp. is spending $175 million to buy Bizo, a provider of advertising technology and measurement services aimed at professionals.

  • Apple's fiscal 3Q earnings top analyst forecasts

    SAN FRANCISCO - Apple's growth prospects are looking brighter as anticipation builds for the upcoming release of the next iPhone, a model that is expected to cater to consumers yearning for a bigger screen.

  • Dan Borislow, magicJack inventor, dies at 52

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The man who invented the popular magicJack device has died in Florida. He was 52.

  • Protect yourself from identity theft

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - It's an almost weekly occurrence: On Tuesday, Goodwill said its computer systems may have been hacked, leading to the possible theft of customers' credit and debit card information. The non-profit agency, which operates 2,900 stores in the U.S., said it is working with federal investigators to look into a possible breach.

  • Target debuts an image-recognition shopping app

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - Target is introducing an app that lets users purchase items after scanning magazine ads with their smartphones. It's the latest offering from retailers looking to boost sales with the use of improving image-recognition technology.

  • Goodwill, feds investigate possible data breach

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - Non-profit organization Goodwill Industries Inc. is working with federal officials to investigate a possible security breach.

  • 'X-Men' VR experience coming to Comic-Con

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Comic-Con attendees will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to enter the mind of Professor X.

  • Tech still struggles to recruit more womenTech still struggles to recruit more women

    TORONTO - Tech companies — whether they be established firms with thousands of employees or five-person startups only months in the making — have long been criticized for their lack of female employees, especially in management and engineering roles.

  • 'Minecraft - Pocket Edition' top paid iPhone game app

    Top 10 free and paid game apps for the iPhone and iPad in Canada for the week ending July 20.

  • 'Minecraft - Pocket Edition' top paid iPhone app

    Top 10 free and paid apps for the iPhone and iPad in Canada for the week ending July 20.

  • Netflix tops 50M subscribers as 2Q earnings soarNetflix tops 50M subscribers as 2Q earnings soar

    SAN FRANCISCO - Netflix's second-quarter earnings more than doubled as new episodes from a hit series helped the Internet video service surpass 50 million worldwide subscribers for the first time.