Facebook’s Libra, for all of its promise, faces an uphill battle

Facebook’s Libra, for all of its promise, faces an uphill battle

By Alex Tapscott This week, Facebook announced that it will create money for the world to use: Libra, a cryptocurrency that could enable the company’s 2.7 billion users to send money globally as easily as sending a WhatsApp message. The announcement rattled the doors of many powerful institutions, from banks to big tech to governments. Facebook…

How Canada’s internal trade barriers and standards bodies block the innovation economy

How Canada’s internal trade barriers and standards bodies block the innovation economy

Edmonton-based Levven Electronics Ltd. is in the lead group of companies that will make it possible to connect your entire house to the internet. Led by chief executive James Keirstead, a serial entrepreneur who previously made a name for himself building outdoor spas, Levven owns patents on a wireless switch that allows you to control…

Here’s the pitch deck a German software startup used to raise $10 million to move to San Francisco and take on Oracle

Here’s the pitch deck a German software startup used to raise $10 million to move to San Francisco and take on Oracle

Database software is a long-established market in the tech industry, but Claudius Weinberger was still able to find a new niche within it. A big trend in the database market over the last 20 years or so has been the the move away from traditional so-called relational databases. Those are the ones popularized by Oracle…

Take a look inside an Amazon Air Boeing 737, the latest weapon in Jeff Bezos’ master plan to win the delivery wars

Take a look inside an Amazon Air Boeing 737, the latest weapon in Jeff Bezos’ master plan to win the delivery wars

Amazon operates its own fleet of jets to deliver packages around the world and get them to customers quicker. It announced on Tuesday that it is expanding its number of planes, and aims to have 70 by 2021 as part of its bid to complete its own deliveries so it can deliver products to customers…

The art of a bad deal: A negotiations expert breaks down the everyday lessons we can learn from Trump’s messy trade war with China

The art of a bad deal: A negotiations expert breaks down the everyday lessons we can learn from Trump’s messy trade war with China

On the campaign trail, President Donald Trump vowed to use his background as a businessman to reshape foreign policy. But the president has had mixed success in negotiations since taking office. Trump hasn’t been able to persuade Congress to pass his renegotiated NAFTA agreement. He failed at holding one summit with North Korea, and has…

The last Confederate troops to surrender in the Civil War were Native American — here’s how they ended up fighting for the South

The last Confederate troops to surrender in the Civil War were Native American — here’s how they ended up fighting for the South

Even after Confederate commander Robert E. Lee surrendered in Appomattox Court House, Virginia, on April 9, 1865, one Confederate army refused to acknowledge defeat and for months stubbornly fought on. It was led not by one of the wealthy white southerners who made up much of the Confederacy’s officer class — but by a Native…

Welcome to deepfake hell: How realistic-looking fake videos left the uncanny valley and entered the mainstream

Welcome to deepfake hell: How realistic-looking fake videos left the uncanny valley and entered the mainstream

Deepfakes, videos that have been manipulated to make it look like the subject is realistically saying or doing something they didn’t, have officially entered the mainstream. In 2019, fake videos of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and “Game of Thrones” character Jon Snow went viral and inspired responses from some…

Trump said new sanctions are coming for Iran amid ongoing ‘economic war’

Trump said new sanctions are coming for Iran amid ongoing ‘economic war’

President Donald Trump announced Saturday that the US would pursue additional sanctions on Iran to increase pressure Speaking to reporters outside the White House before his departure to Camp David, Trump promised that “a lot more sanctions” will be enacted, but did not specify which areas they would target. “Iran right now is an economic…

Chevron Phillips’ $15B bid for Nova Chemicals may signal return of ‘big pockets’ to Alberta

Chevron Phillips’ $15B bid for Nova Chemicals may signal return of ‘big pockets’ to Alberta

Chevron Phillips Chemical Co.’s potential stake in Calgary-based Nova Chemicals could signal the return of oil majors in Alberta’s energy sector, according to analysts. Reuters reported Thursday that a joint venture between Chevron Corp. and Phillips 66 Co. made a US$15 billion bid to acquire Nova Chemicals, quoting people familiar with the matter. “Nova’s been…

Here are 6 female executives that show why the claim that male-dominated boards can’t find qualified women candidates is totally bogus

Here are 6 female executives that show why the claim that male-dominated boards can’t find qualified women candidates is totally bogus

Call it the pipeline problem, the talent shortage, or the lowered bar— Shannon Gordon thinks the explanations many founders and investors use to justify an all-male board are all fallacies. As the CEO of theBoardlist, a network that helps connect startups with qualified female board candidates, Gordon is one of the foremost experts on gender…