Social Media

Avast antivirus allegedly sold identifiable personal information to third parties

Avast has never made its data collection practices a secret, but a joint report by Vice’s Motherboard and PCMag has revealed that the supposedly anonymized data can still be traced back to specific individuals. After sifting through leaked user data and company documents, the report published tod ...

Windows 7 is dead, but 25% of large businesses in Canada are still running it on desktops, says IDC survey

With files from Alex Coop   Windows 7 is officially dead. No, it won’t suddenly cease to function; as anyone who booted it up after the end-of-support deadline of January 14 discovered. It works just fine after you get past the full-screen warning from Microsoft that you’re now at risk since y ...

Winnipeg-based online pharmacy warns of data breach

A Winnipeg-based online pharmacy is still offline after telling customers their information including medications and medical history may have been compromised in a security incident. As of Friday morning PlanetDrugsDirect.com hasn’t been reachable for over 36 hours, shortly after Bleeping Comput ...

Social media reacts to Windows 7 end of life

Twitter spent a lot of time reminiscing about the good ol' times, many describing Windows 7 as the best OS Microsoft ever offered. ...

Hashtag Trending – 3 social media predictions for 2020

Welcome to a special episode of Hashtag Trending as we bring you through our predictions for social media in 2020.  Last year we made the prediction that augmented reality and virtual reality would begin to see much more use in Facebook and Snapchat. We were fresh off Facebook’s acquisition of Oc ...

DuckDuckGo and the Rewards of Going Against the Grain

A couple of weeks ago, I changed my default search engine to DuckDuckGo from Google. It was a decision based on privacy concerns; DuckDuckGo allows you to browse anonymously. Jumping off the bandwagon is hard. When everyone is using a particular product (or marketing channel) there is a risk in g ...

The Importance of Setting Expectations for Customers

One of the keys to marketing success is setting expectations. It is important to be clear what a customer will experience and the value that your product delivers. It establishes the rules of engagement and, if done right, sets the stage for customer loyalty. Here’s a good example of “settin ...

TikTok hiring country manager for Canada

It seems TikTok, the Chinese-owned social media company headquartered in California, is looking to make a move into Canada, following a job posting for a country manager for Canada on LinkedIn. ...

What’s your best productivity hack?

I’ve been thinking about productivity a lot lately. As an investor, time is always the scarcest resource. I can’t add more hours to the day, so the question is what can I be doing differently to make the best use of my time. My best productivity hack is to touch every email only once. I read th ...

The Version One Anti-Portfolio – the opportunities we missed…

Bessemer started the idea of the “anti-portfolio” – the companies that you passed on, but ended up doing very, very well.  After Honey was acquired by PayPal for $4B a few weeks ago, we thought it was a good time to share the Version One anti-portfolio: Honey We had a chance to invest in a $ ...