Even a $2.7 billion fine can’t hurt Google

Google was fined $2.7 billion by the European Commission, but even that can’t hurt the search giant. (image: AFP) More Europe is once again mad at Google, but this time European regulators’ angst comes with a serious price tag: a €2.42 billion, or about $2.73 billion, fine to punish the Alphabet, Inc. (GOOG, GOOGL), subsidiary for pushing its […]

Microsoft Surface Laptop review: A great notebook with one small flaw

The back-to-school shopping season is just around the corner, and Microsoft (MSFT) is hoping its new Surface Laptop will be the computer you or your child brings to the classroom. Starting at $999, the Surface Laptop is Microsoft’s attempt to fight back against the growing popularity of Google’s (GOOG, GOOGL) low-cost Chromebooks and Apple’s (AAPL) own MacBook line. It’s a beautiful, lightweight […]

Cogeco Jumps After $1.4 Billion MetroCast Acquisition Deal

Canadian telecommunications firm Cogeco Communications Inc. jumped the most in three months after agreeing to buy MetroCast from Harron Communications LP for $1.4 billion, increasing its U.S. footprint with its largest deal ever. MetroCast’s cable networks cover 236,000 homes and business in New Hampshire, Maine, Pennsylvania and Virginia and are in faster-growing and higher-income communities than Cogeco’s existing U.S. […]

China Tells Carriers to Block Access to Personal VPNs by February

China’s government has told telecommunications carriers to block individuals’ access to virtual private networks by Feb. 1, people familiar with the matter said, thereby shutting a major window to the global internet. Beijing has ordered state-run telecommunications firms, which include China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom, to bar people from using VPNs, services that skirt censorship restrictions by […]

BlackBerry is sourcing a sales team to coincide with their software focus

Software maker BlackBerry Ltd’s (BB.TO)(BBRY.O) long-running recovery effort has been slowed by a dearth of salespeople to promote its revamped and more complex products, with CEO John Chen pledging to hire more sales specialists to help achieve its growth target. While BlackBerry’s traditional customers were security executives in top global companies, its reboot from smartphone […]