Twitter Partners With IBM To Bring Social Data To The Enterprise

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Salesforce.com expanding its Canadian footprint with two new data centres

Financial Post | Business

Salesforce.com is bumping up its investment in Canada, with plans to open two new data centres as more Canadian businesses look to the cloud.

Firms such as Manulife Financial Corp, Canada’s largest life insurer, and Ski-Doo maker Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) are using Salesforce.com, the company said in a statement Wednesday.

“Canada is a critical part of our global strategy and our plans for Canadian data centres reflect that,” said Mike Rosenbaum, executive vice-president of platform for salesforce.com in a statement. “This increased commitment reflects the fact that more and more leading Canadian companies are turning to salesforce.com to connect with their customers in a whole new way.”

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Salesforce.com did not disclose the amount of its Canadian investment, but said the two data centres will support the company’s cloud computing services in Canada.

Salesforce.com has been acquisitive in Canada since 2010, in an attempt to bolster its social…

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It only took Apple Inc three days to sign up one million credit cards on Apple Pay

1 Million credit cards in 3 Days!

Financial Post | Business

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. – Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook said Apple’s new mobile payment system had over 1 million activations in the first three days after it became available, and is now more widely used than any competing payment system.

“We’re already No. 1. We’re more than the total of the other guys,” Cook boasted Monday during a tech industry conference, “and we’ve only been at it a week.” He said Visa and MasterCard officials have told Apple that the Apple Pay system is already seeing more use than similar “contactless” methods of paying for purchases.

We’re more than the total of the other guys

While Apple has partnered with major banks and large retail chains including Macy’s Inc., Walgreen Co. and McDonald’s Corp., critics have noted that it’s not accepted by a number of other large chains. Among them are the drugstore chains CVS Caremark Corp. and Rite Aid…

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Breaking research out of the lab: Canada doesn’t lack innovators, it lacks entrepreneurial innovators

We need to learn how to embrace entrepreneurship in Canada. From our lenders, to tax policy to large corporate procurement departments. We are much too timid when it comes to jump starting start ups in Canada. LET’S GET WITH THE PROGRAM!

Financial Post | Business

Canada needs more innovation. Or so recent news headlines across the country would have you believe. We are told Canada is falling behind on the world stage, and that innovation is the solution to generate decent jobs, to economic prosperity and to increase our global influence.

And yet many of the country’s universities, colleges and hospitals are ranked among the best globally in terms of research. On a per capita basis, Canada’s research output rivals the world’s top nations, and we often accomplish more with less resources.

Canada’s problem is not a lack of innovation. What we are terrible at is commercializing that research. Most innovations in Canada are either commercialized abroad, or worse, never make it out of the lab.

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Canada doesn’t need more innovation; what it needs is more entrepreneurial innovators. Ask any entrepreneur and they will tell you that starting a company is hard. Leaving…

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