Author: Mobile Syrup

Streaming in Canada this week on Amazon Prime Video, Crave and Netflix [April 22 — 28]

Every week, MobileSyrup goes over some of the most notable movies and TV shows to recently hit Canadian streaming platforms.
Typically, this column focuses on content from Amazon Prime Video Canada, Crave and Netflix Canada, although other streaming services may be mentioned when relevant. YouTube Premium is also featured this week.
Any shows or movies that are made in Canada, involve notable Canadian cast or crew or are filmed in Canada will also be highlighted.
Amazon Prime VideoSuspiria
Suspiria, directed by Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name), proved to be a particularly polarizing film when it released last year. The supernatural horror filmfollows an American woman who enrolls at a prestigious Berlin dance company that’s secretly run by a coven of witches.
Suspiria stars Dakota Johnson (50 Shades of Grey), Tilda Swinton (Okja), Mia Goth (Nymphomaniac), Elena Fokina (Here After) and Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass).
Theatrical release date: October 26th, 2018
Amazon Prime Video Ca..

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Netflix cancels ‘Santa Clarita Diet’ after popular third season

Netlfix’s dark comedy series Santa Clarita Diet is the latest to be cancelled by the streaming giant.
The cancellation of the series, which starred Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant, comes almost a month after the March 29th release of the shows third season. Further, it follows a worrying trend of third-season cancellations.
The show garnered a devoted following, with the third season scoring 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
“The world had never known a ‘zom-com’ until Santa Clarita Diet, and we’re indebted to creator Victor Fresco for bringing this idea to Netflix,” the streaming giant said in a statement to Deadline. “To their endless credit, the incredible Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant were totally game, with an uncanny knack for comedy that brought Sheila and Joel Hammond to vibrant life, even though one of them was undead.”
As for the trend of third-season cancellations, Deadline reports that some stem from shows becoming too expensive. Reportedly, Netflix structures many ..

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New SEC deal requires stricter oversight of Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s tweets

Thanks to an agreement reached with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) following a dispute over Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s tweets, a lawyer will have to vet some of his company-related tweets.
Musk and the SEC reached the agreement in a Manhattan federal court after U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan essentially ordered the two to figure it out following the SEC’s request that the judge hold Musk in contempt for a February tweet. Next, Nathan must approve the deal.
The tweet in question related to Tesla’s production figures, appearing to contradict values in a letter sent to company shareholders. Musk later corrected the tweet, noting he misstated the production number. Despite that, the SEC said in a court filing that Musk didn’t “seek or receive preapproval prior to publishing [the] tweet, which was inaccurate and disseminated to over 24 million people.”
Meant to say annualized production rate at end of 2019 probably around 500k, ie 10k cars/week. Deliveries for year still estima..

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Quebecor claims Bell continues to abuse process in ongoing dispute

Following the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s (CRTC) mandatory order passed to TVA Group late last week, Canadian telecom Quebecor claims Bell continues to abuse process.
Bell claimed $150 million in damages from Quebecor in a court filing this week. Quebecor called the filing a “maneuver to evade the substantive issue” in the ongoing dispute over TVA’s specialty channels.
Further, Quebecor said in a press release that it’s “disappointed by Bell Canada’s decision to engage in multiple delaying and diversionary tactics instead of responding to the CRTC’s and Quebecor’s call to negotiate in the matter of the fair value of TVA’s specialty channels.”
The two Montreal-based telecommunications companies appeared at a CRTC hearing on April 18th to resolve the dispute, leading to the commission’s mandatory order for TVA to comply with regulations after it pulled the signal for its TVA Sports channel just as this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs began.
At the hearing, Q..

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Google removes 46 apps from Play Store for faking ad clicks

Google removed 46 apps from the Play Store and reportedly has banned a Chinese developer from its app store for committing ad fraud and abusing user permissions.
According to a BuzzFeed News report, Chinese developer DO Global, which is partially owned by Baidu, used code in several apps to generate fake ad-clicks in its apps. Researchers found at least six apps contained code and that it ran in the background, generating clicks even when the app was closed.
DO Global had as many as 100 apps on the Play Store, many listed under other developer names. According to BuzzFeed, Google removed 46 of them.
“We take our responsibility to protect users and advertisers seriously, and invest in tools and resources to fight fraud and abuse globally,” Google told The Verge in a statement. Further, the company said it actively investigates malicious behaviour and takes action when it finds violations. Action can include removing a developer’s ability to monetize apps through AdMob and revoking their..

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