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Canada's top court to hear B.C. case against Facebook 'sponsored stories' policy

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to decide whether a Vancouver woman who unwittingly became a brand ambassador on Facebook can fight her case in British Columbia. The high court ruled...

Harper's rhetoric fuels racist and xenophobic expression

Xenophobia and racism are flourishing in Canada, under the influence of Stephen Harper’s rigid stance on Muslim women's headscarves. Stephen Harper has told us that wearing the niqab, a scarf that...
Mike Tippett, Sally Ann Reiss, Nik Badminton

Vancouver a growing hub for technology companies

The last decade has seen Vancouver's tech sector go through explosive growth, maturing into what some CEOs are calling "The second coming of Silicon Valley..." But is it?

Lobby in Silicon Valley blocks Consumer Access to Information Act

A coalition of technology companies and business lobbies in the Silicon Valley, Including Facebook Inc. and Google Inc., has succeeded in blocking and amendment to California state legislation that...

Red Hood Project, Raffi issue statement on Rehtaeh Parsons

Following the Rehtaeh Parsons tragedy, the Red Hood Project is demanding immediate action from the industry and government to protect children from online exploitation, according to a news release...

Facebook speaks out about Amanda Todd post-mortem bullying

The social media giant tells VO readers how to prevent other acts of bullying.

Is Facebook culpable in Amanda Todd's death?

We've put our trust in Facebook, and it has failed us in many ways, but it particularly failed Amanda. trades babies for bacon on Facebook feeds

Suffering from baby overload? The inventors of apparently were. is a new chrome extension that permanently deletes babies from your Facebook newsfeed by seeking for words such as...

Why do girls like Instagram?

Instagram, the hottest app recently acquired by Facebook, allows for easy editing and sharing. What do girls like about this application and why is it so popular?

What'd you do when the lights went out? Earth hour 2012 infographic

Earth Hour 2012 and what happens in the dark...