Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. Liberals testing out a Netflix tax, airport privatization and space balloons ahead of 2017 budget
“The federal government has tested the public’s appetite for a Netflix tax, a new smartphone app for streaming Canadian content and spending on “moonshot” projects like placing a network of balloons on the edge of space to boost Internet access.
“The policy suggestions are contained in a wide-ranging, 114-page report prepared for the Privy Council Office in November based on small focus-group sessions with Canadians in nine cities.”
– Globe and Mail
2. Trump seizes on ‘fake news’ to battle Russia claims
“‘It’s all fake news. It’s phony stuff. It didn’t happen,’ the president-elect said about the unverified allegations that Russia has compromising information about him.”
+1: This is why you don’t kiss the ring – The Concourse
+1: Trump’s Russia problem isn’t going away – Vice
+1: Peter Thiel, Trump’s tech pal, explains himself – New York Times
3. Germany sees massive drop in asylum seekers
“Germany says 280,000 asylum seekers arrived there in 2016, a drop of more than 600,000 on the previous year. The German interior minister said that the decrease was due to the closure in 2016 of the Balkan route and the migrant deal between the EU and Turkey.”
4. Tapping the freshwater ocean under the sea
“Vast stores of fresh water exist deep beneath the seafloor—but who gets to decide how they’re used?”
5. Remember BitTorrent? Here’s the inside story of how it all went wrong
“How a group of valley outsiders blew through the company’s cash and nearly left it for dead.”