At the beginning of July, Research in Motion Ltd. joined a consortium of high-powered bidders
keen on preventing arch-rival Google from getting any of the spoils at a Nortel Network Corp. auction. RIM’s take was a $770 million share of the winning bid.
The next day, Microsoft Corp. announced that Office XP and Vista SP1 would be retired starting July 12. Office XP users would still be able to receive updates by upgrading to SP2.
Cisco promoted its wireless networking technology at Ottawa’s Bluesfest, a 12-day event it sponsors that draws in hundreds of thousands of people. The company provided a free public Wi-Fi network across the festival grounds.
Twitter bought San Francisco-based social analytics firm BackType, a business started in 2008 by two University of Toronto students, Chris Golda and Mike Montano. The company aimed to help clients track brand recognition on social media
After the scramble for pieces of Nortel Networks, the federal government put the auction under the magnifying glass. Under Canadian law, the deal could be blocked if it didn’t show a “net benefit” for Canada, the government said.
We then saw Facebook add a fresh layer of functionality with a new Skype plugin that allows video chat—for now, one-on-one. Meanwhile, Mark Zuckerberg claims that Facebook has grown to 750 million users.
In a major row between Apple Inc. and Amazon over the latter’s alleged trademark infringement, a U.S. judge came down on Amazon’s side. Despite the similarity of Amazon’s “Appstore” to Apple’s “App Store,” the court ruled that Apple could not claim exclusive ownership over the name.
Rogers Communications Inc. came first in the race to put a Long Term Evolution network on Canadian soil
, launching service in the greater Ottawa area and planning more for other cities. Hot on their competitor’s heels, Telus Corp. and BCE Inc. subsequently announce their own plans for developing LTE