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VigLink, the platform on which site-to-site clicks are priced, bought, and sold, announced the purchase of LinkSmart. In connection with the acquisition, VigLink also received additional funding from VC firms Foundry Group and Costanoa Venture Capital.

Russia increasing use of Chinese Yuan in trade transactions

Russia has increased its use of the Chinese yuan or remnimbi nine-fold just in the period from January to September this year according to the Chinese Ministry of Economic Development.

Op-Ed: U.S. biz pays CEOs more than taxes, and no questions asked?

Generosity to oneself is pretty normal. When U.S. corporations who refuse to consider raising minimum wage and audit staff toilet time start giving their pet high flyers more money than they pay in taxes, questions need to be asked. Nobody's asking.

Toronto bidder cancels plans to buy Atlantic City casino

A Canadian investment firm appears to have has backed away from plans to buy a bankrupt Atlantic City, N.J., casino even though its indecision could cost $10 million.

Op-Ed: To innovate, examine your value chain

Do you want to innovate with your service or process? Here is an effective method which I use on innovation workshops. It involves analyzing and questioning every stage of your procedure.

Company creates 'Minipresso' for your espresso on the go

A Hong Kong startup company is marketing a clever little device that might make your morning more tolerable. Minipresso is a pocket-sized espresso maker designed to brew your espresso while you're on the move. It's not here yet but coming soon.

Wall Street culture breeds dishonesty among bankers, study finds

A new scientific study conducted by Swiss researchers reveals that the banking industry fosters cheating and dishonest behavior among bankers.

Op-Ed: Hey, Toronto, leave Uber alone and let the free market work

It has been years since I was in a Toronto taxicab. The last time I was in one, it was too expensive, the driver was rather discourteous and the ride was pretty dangerous (slamming of the brakes and high speeds).

Walmart Canada pink slips 210 employees in one fell swoop

Walmart Canada had the pink slips out on Tuesday, 210 of them, as the retail giant trimmed its staff. Both management and non-management employees were let go with most lay-offs coming from their head-office.

How Mashable does 'viral' Special

At Monday night's Canadian Journalism Foundation talk, Jim Roberts of Mashable explained that "viral" can come in more forms than just cat videos and "listicles."

Once again, brands' reach on Facebook will get cut

On Friday, Facebook announced that unpaid posts will be curtailed. Organic posts, or unpaid posts, that are considered to be too promotional will be affected.

Pizza Hut New Zealand to offer new Mexican-inspired pizza flavors

Italians may have invented the pizza, but an industry staple in New Zealand takes the concept in a decidedly different direction with the release of its new series of flavors.

Amazon, Hachette reach new deal after months-long dispute

After a high-profile fight during contract negotiations, Amazon and Hachette Book Group have finally come to an agreement.

Texas, the U.S. wind energy leader now looks to battery storage

Texas, home of the oil and gas industry, is the U.S. leader in installed wind energy. As its energy mix for electricity continues to change, it has begun to deal with the issue of battery storage similar to California and New York.

Six banks fined over $4 billion after exchange rate manipulation

Six giant banks have agreed to forfeit $4.33 billion to global regulators to resolve allegations that its traders tried to fiddle foreign exchange rates.

Air Asia becomes latest major endorsement by Manny Pacquiao

Another major endorsement has been added to Manny Pacquiao's long list of commercial endorsements as he gears up for a potential "Fight of the Year" duel with American Chris Algieri at the Cotai Arena of the Venetian Hotel & Casino in Macau, China.

Op-Ed: Fantasy of Lights and elves to charm Union Street Dec 6 Special

While areas of Europe will be having its traditional Christmas markets, perhaps the closest thing to that in San Francisco would be the annual Union Street Fantasy of Lights, starting on Dec. 6 and will continue until Dec. 13.

Op-Ed: Good news, bad news for unemployed hacks

A job market lean as buffalo burgers is expanding, if you don’t mind getting paid in Russian money. Foreign currency is in short supply. And also there is the propaganda thing.

Global financial regulator issues rules to curb 'too big to fail'

A global banking regulator has issued a series of proposals meant to protect taxpayers from ever again having to finance a bailout of large banks considered "too big to fail."

Online marketers urged to think of the audience

“We’re all capable of writing more effectively, more efficiently, with more focus on the person we’re trying to reach,” said marketer Ann Handley, speaking at the Mesh Marketing 14 conference in Toronto last Thursday.

Canada named a trading hub for Chinese currency

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper returned to Canada after a successful trade mission to China. While Harper did raise human rights and religious freedom issues this did not prevent negotiation of trade deals.

Amazon takes Tesco’s spot on top of UK entertainment market

The American-based online retailer Amazon surged past its rival Tesco during the third quarter of this year. The period, which ended with September, saw Amazon holding 22.5 percent of the entertainment market.

Pizza Hut announces major brand overhaul

Pizza giant Pizza Hut has announced plans to expand its offerings and personalize its menu, increasing everything from available toppings to the types of cheeses it uses.

Wal-Mart to focus on food safety in Asian stores

Food safety has become a much talked about subject in China, especially after photos were released showing food oil being scooped from drains to accusations of selling phony eggs. Retail giant, Wal-Mart has entered the fray, intent on cleaning up its act.

LabCorp buys major research organization

The diagnostic company LabCorp is entering the clinical trial business with the purchase of Covance, a contract research organization (CRO). The deal is worth $6 billion.

Op-Ed: Why Hollywood is piling into China's booming theme park market

As the middle class in China grows and becomes more affluent, their appetite for entertainment is growing. In addition to expanding its film and casino industries, China is quickly becoming a world leader in theme parks.

Op-Ed: The GFC, Wall Street vermin and how corruption is the norm

You’ll know some of the story about the Great Financial Crisis. The shoddy subprime mortgages, the “too big to fail” clichés, etc. are now part of history. What you may not know is that Washington actively supported massive criminal fraud.

Advice Interactive Raises 1.6 million

Advice interactive raised 1.6 million from Point Cypress Ventures and Silicon Valley bank. Local Site Submit offers several key technologies as well as a white labeled solution for Agencies.

Rejuvenating the British High Street

From pot plants and garden supplies, to food and magazines, the array of items that can be purchased online and the general ease that accompanies online shopping has resulted in an ecommerce surge.

CBS introduces 24-7 news platform

Television broadcast network CBS introduced Thursday its first efforts to compete with other full-time news channels with the launch of its own 24/7 news outlet.

Op-Ed: Scotiabank with almost $2 billion in profits cuts 1500 jobs

Scotiabank is cutting 1,000 jobs in Canada and another 500 in branches outside of Canada. The cuts are happening in a year when the bank has made well over $1 billion in profit.

Work permits no longer required for Turks and Caicos investors

At a Cabinet meeting on October 22nd, the Turks and Caicos Government agreed that new overseas investors would no longer require a work permit.

European Central Bank to supervise important EU banks

The European Central Bank(ECB) has now assumed responsibility for most larger banks in the euro area. The banks under supervision represent 82 per cent by assets of the euro bank sector.

Burger King and PayPal join forces

PayPal and Burger King have joined forces so consumers can can use the payment system offline to buy dinner, lunch or breakfast at Burger King.

Edmonton store apologizes for not allowing cadets to sell poppies

A Cabela's store in Edmonton has issued an apology for the actions of one of its store managers over the weekend. Cadets were turned away from the North Edmonton Cabela's, told to take their poppies and go.

Former BC Hydro head pulls out of pipeline hearings

Marc Eliesen, who was formerly head of British Columbia Hydro, pulled out of federal government hearings on a proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline that would run parallel to its existing pipeline linking Alberta and Vancouver, BC.

Microsoft promotes 2 senior execs after huge ad sales layoffs

Microsoft Advertising has promoted two of its senior executives, a move that comes days after the division laid off scores of sales people as it looks to streamline the business to push it towards profitability.

Honda bucks a downward trend in Indian car sales for October

Until this year, October has been one of the best months for car sales in India. Sales dropped nationwide, with nine of India’s automobile manufacturers reporting a combined drop of 4 percent in volume.

Government accuses Gerber of false advertisement in formula

Gerber, the baby-food maker, is being accused by the Federal Trade Commission of falsely claiming that its formula can prevent or reduce allergies in kids.

Oxfam: Number of billionaires has doubled since financial crisis

The number of billionaires in the world has more than doubled since the global financial crisis of 2009, with inequality reaching new extremes, according to a recently-released report from the UK-based charity Oxfam.

Kickstarter-success Soma raises another $2.2 million

In preparation for its nationwide rollout, the San Francisco-based Soma has raised another $2.2 million. This comes after a successful $3.7 million seed round in July 2013, a $1.2 million initial seed round during the summer of 2012.
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