BCBusiness Brief | Images of 2011, The Tablet of the Future and Ticketmaster Pays Up

45 Most Powerful Images of 2011

From the 10th anniversary of 9/11 to the Vancouver riots to Japan’s massive earthquake, 45 of the most compelling images from one hell of a year.

Source: Buzzfeed


The Tablet of the Future?

Yes, the tablets of today are cool, handy devices, but if Samsung makes good on the promises from its latest video, showing a conceptual tablet with a flexible AMOLED screen, then the tablets of the future will make the current ones look ancient in comparison.

In the video, a see-through device made entirely of a flexible, AMOLED touch screen is used to take photos, watch videos, read news, play 3D games and translate speech from one language to another – and it all looks amazing.

Source: Mashable


German Finance Minister Welcomes Eurozone Downgrade Threat

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has said Standard & Poor’s threat to downgrade eurozone countries is the “best possible incentive” ahead of Friday’s summit.

Mr Schaeuble said that the eurozone summit on Friday must now act to regain the confidence of investors.

Source: BBC


Canada’s Wage Gap at Record High

The gap between Canada’s rich and poor is growing amid shifts in the job market and tax cuts for the wealthy, according to a study that shows income inequality at a record high among industrialized nations.

A sweeping OECD analysis to be released Monday shows the income gap in Canada is well above the 34-country average, though still not as extreme as in the United States.

Source: The Globe and Mail

Ticketmaster to Pay Up in Class Action Suit

If you used Ticketmaster’s website to buy tickets between October 21, 1999 and October 19, 2011, you’re in for a windfall. Well, a $1.50 per ticket order windfall.

Because of a proposed class action settlement, Ticketmaster is being forced to credit $1.50 per ticket order (up to 17 orders) to customers due to the fact that they profited off of “processing fees” without declaring as much.

Source: Business Insider