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Federal Court of Canada orders Apple to turn over documents in antitrust probe

Canada's Federal Court has ordered Apple to give documents to the Canadian Competition Bureau, which is looking into the possibility that Apple unfairly used its market position to increase iPhone sales. The Bureau thinks that agreements between carriers and Apple may have harmed competition by encouraging certain price controls on rival devices,.

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Details emerge in Canada's antitrust investigation into Apple

Last Thursday, we reported that Canada's Competition Bureau had begun investigating Apple's contracts with carriers. At the time, there weren't any concrete details about the investigation. However, a court filing has now revealed that the Competition Bureau is investigating whether Canadian customers may have paid higher prices for phones and services due to contracts between Apple and carriers.

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Canada investigates Apple over anti-competitive contract allegations

Apple's Canadian branch is currently being investigated by Canada's Competition Bureau concerning allegations that it included anti-competitive clauses in its contracts with carriers in the country.

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Spotify is inviting patiently waiting Canadians to test their streams

Music streaming service Spotify is at long last gearing up to launch in Canada, and they're inviting some of those that have expressed interest to try it out first. The invitations will be sent out to a selection of those Canadians that have signed up at Spotify's Canada page, and users of the latest version of the iOS app can join the invitation queue from right within the app.

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Canadian airlines will soon allow gate-to-gate electronics use

Canadians airlines will soon allow unrestricted electronics access to customers following a new ruling by Canada's Transport Minister. The move comes after the US FAA announced last year that customers can use their electronic devices during "all phases of flight."

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Rogers vs. Bell vs. TELUS: Which Canadian iPad Air or Retina iPad mini carrier should you get?

Once you've decided you're getting a new iPad Air and picked your capacity and color, now you have the option of picking a carrier if you want wireless data. The vast majority of users just stick to Wi-Fi networks for their fix, but you can also get data over cell towers. If you're in Canada, that means going with one of the big three carriers: Rogers, Bell, or TELUS, or one of their lower-price subsidiaries. All of the big three have confirmed that they'll be offering the latest and greatest iPads and Apple announced the iPad Air with cellular connectivity would start at $649. So which carrier should you go with? We've chewed through the plans and coverage, and here's what we've found!

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Waiting for iTunes Radio in Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Scandinavia? You may be waiting until early 2014...

When Apple announced iTunes Radio for iOS 7, it was as a US only service, at least at first. Unfortunately, that might not change until 2014 at the earliest, even for countries like Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Scandinavia, which typically enjoy early Apple rollouts. From speaking with people in the music industry over the years, I've continually heard what an utter pain it is getting content licensing deals, especially outside the US, even for Apple. Andy Fixmer and Adam Satariano of Bloomberg point out that even though it may feel slow, it's still faster than many rival services have been able to grow their offerings:

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Verizon CEO confirms no Canada expansion plans

Verizon Wireless won't be expanding into Canada, says Verizon's CEO. The news comes on the heels of Verizon Communications' announced plans to buy out Vodafone's 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless. While Verizon had looked into a northern expansion, CEO Lowell McAdam left no room for interpretation in a recent comment, according to The Globe and Mail. "Verizon is not going to Canada," he told Bloomberg.

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Facebook Messenger now offers free voice calls for users in the UK as well as the U.S. and Canada

After launching its free voice calling option for its Facebook Messenger app earlier this year in the United States and Canada, Facebook has has quietly rolled out the same service for its UK users. The new calling feature for UK users is built into the Facebook Messenger app and if one of your contacts is online and capable of receiving a voice call you can now easily make a call.

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Apple starts selling the iPhone 5 unlocked online in the U.S., at retail in Canada

As of today you can walk into an Apple Retail store in Canada and walk out with an unlocked iPhone 5. That's something that was only possible via Apple Online orders until now, likely to prevent the type of scalping activity -- the same people lining up everyday to buy unlocked iPhones only to resell them overseas -- that caused problems with previous Canadian launches. Not to be left totally behind, the U.S. has also started selling the iPhone 5 unlocked, but only via Apple Online.

So, if you still haven't gotten your iPhone, and you want to walk into an Apple Store and walk out with an unlocked one, and you live in Canada, today's your lucky day.

Go get it.

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