Toronto man fired after Twitter pot request

Twitter-bird-white-on-blueAn online search for marijuana has turned into a job hunt for one Canadian Twitter user.

Sunith Baheerathan caused an online stir when he issued a tweet requesting prospective pot sellers to bring some of their wares to a Mr. Lube location in a Toronto suburb.

That location was Baheerathan's place of employment until Tuesday, according to both the company and Baheerathan's own tweets.

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UK pulls plug on spying trash cans

B6415E2C12B5B364743B55082CDAC_h287_w371_m2_q80_cXsmpjkxMUK officials have demanded that an advertising firm stop using a network of high-tech trash cans to track people walking through London's financial district.

The Renew ad firm has been using technology embedded in the hulking receptacles to measure the Wi-Fi signals emitted by smartphones, and suggested that it would apply the concept of "cookies" — tracking files that follow Internet users across the Web — to the physical world.

"We will cookie the street," Renew Chief Executive Kaveh Memari said in June.

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Want a new camera? Have a gun? Trade up with Toronto police

Vg-160_f_o_stylus_product-largeA program from Toronto police is trying to get people to trade in their guns for a brand new digital camera.

So rather than shooting a pistol, the project hopes people will be shooting pixels – alas the project’s name, Pixels for Pistols.

It’s a partnership between Henry’s Camera, Olympus and the police force.

The idea is that fewer guns on the streets – whether they’re legally owned or not – means fewer guns are around, firearms which could potentially cause carnage on the streets.


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Politician wants to stop stolen cellphones from being used

An NDP politician is pitching the idea of a national stolen cellphone registry to cut down on theft.

Mike Sullivan, MP for York South-Weston, wants our national regulator to track stolen phones. He’s calling for the CRTC to create a registry, which would contain the unique identification codes of any phone reported stolen in the country.

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Has your credit card been skimmed? Alleged Toronto ATM gang charged.

Seven alleged members of an ATM skimming network have been arrested in Toronto, pending charges. The gang is believed to have stolen at least $800,000 after skimming the information from credit cards and trading the information with criminals all over the world.

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.