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Tech & Science

Nov 4, 2008
Ministry Identity: What's in a Name?
Brent Holliday

Not much, if you're the B.C. minister responsible for technology. You would think if you were an industry that represented 5.3 per cent of the provincial GDP, you might command a little respect; surely the provincial government would dedicate a ministry to you. Well, not really. The Ministry of Economic Development...

Nov 1, 2008
How Are We Doing?
Steve Burgess

Once I took a cab to the Cairo Airport. It was a better-than-average cab for Cairo, which meant less than 30 years old with working seatbelts. Mohammed, the driver, was a genial fellow, but it was all strategic. He spent the hour-long trip relentlessly congratulating himself for every minor development...

Oct 9, 2008
Digital Security: The Weakest Link
J Bucher

When the elite of the digital security world gathered at Vancouver’s CanSecWest conference earlier this year, the focal point was the geek equivalent of a bench-press competition: a computer hack-off called Pwn2Own (if you’re not hip to the lingo, “pwn” is Internet slang for “thump an opponent”). On a table...

Oct 9, 2008
Cellphone Love Story
Peter Severinson

Telus Corp., B.C.’s biggest company, is getting into the business of thwarted lovers, family tragedies and triumphant reunions – Bollywood style. When the dimpled hero of Surrey-based Music Waves Productions’ next film sets out to find his true love, he’ll be armed with a handy Telus Internet phone to help...

Sep 3, 2008
QLT Inc: A Place Called Hope
Dee Hon

Robert Butchofsky smiles a lot for a man trying to sell the hope that his company has fallen as low as it can go. “We’re not dead,” says the president and CEO of QLT Inc. (QLT-T) as he guides this reporter out of his sleek office on Vancouver’s Great Northern Way.

Aug 18, 2008
B.C. Clean Tech: Still Can't Make The Big Show
Tony Wanless

Unfortunately, it's also an indication that the scene still has some way to go before it becomes a player. Xantrex, along with Ballard Power, the big kahuna of the cleantech and powertech cluster in B.C., agreed in late July to being acquired by French electrical engineering group Schneider Electric SA, in...

Aug 1, 2008
Brains and Beauty: Vancouver Digital Goes 2.0
J Bucher

The Webby Awards – which each year recognize websites that embody excellence on the Internet – just celebrated their 12th annual edition. They are the Internet world’s version of the Academy Awards – only they run much shorter. (Webby winners...

Jul 1, 2008
B.C.'s Wireless Ecosystem: Learning to Walk
Tony Wanless

Ascalade – which makes wireless phones and other devices – was one of the bigger players in a B.C. wireless scene that’s been exploding of late, with an ever-increasing number of competitors. While it appears Ascalade’s troubles are bigger than...

Jul 1, 2008
Goodbye Workdays
J Bucher

They began manufacturing firearms almost immediately and within 40 years had more and better guns than any other country. After a few decades, however, guns disappeared from Japan entirely. Why? The insularity and xenophobia of the day undoubtedly played a...

Jul 1, 2008
Mark Murray: Tekmira Pharmaceuticals
Peter Severinson

When two companies have been bitter rivals – competing in the markets and clashing in the courts – how do they forgive, forget and hold hands? Burnaby-based biotechs Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp. (TKM-T) and Protiva Biotherapeutics Inc. have played out a fierce family drama in recent years. Protiva was spun out of...

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