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1. Virtual Reality is about to become mainstream and could be a $7 billion market by 2018. Sophic Capital’s Sean Peasgood details some of the more interesting technologies and highlights several companies that stand to benefit.

Why Virtual Reality Will Break Out in 2015

2. A coalition between two California-based Indian bands, its three largest card clubs, and Amaya Gaming (TSX:AYA) increases the probability that Amaya’s PokerStars brand could eventually enter the state, says Clarus Securities analyst Eyal Ofir.

Amaya Gaming’s California prospects improved by bolstered coalition, says Clarus

3. OMERS Ventures, the venture capital arm of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System pension fund, has led a $25 million Series B1 round of investment in DogVacay, a Santa Monica-based platform for hooking travelling dog owners up with boarders willing to babysit their hounds on a short-term basis

DogVacay looks to grab part of $56-billion American pet spend with OMERS investment

4. I’ve been asked by a number of people what I think the “tech platform” should be for parties running for the City of Vancouver’s November 2014 municipal election.I feel under-equipped to tease out the intricacies of economic and civic policy, so I can only speak to what I’ve observed, what my gut says.

Vancouver tech and the civic election

5. Technology made famous by Bitcoin could help BlackBerry win at mobile security, says one expert.

How BlackBerry can win mobile security with Bitcoin technology

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Most Popular Articles of 2014

1. Could lightning fast internet be on its way to Canada? Last week, Google posted a position on its own jobs board that could be an indication that the search engine giant might be planning to launch Google Fiber in Canada.

Is this the best sign yet that Google Fiber is coming to Canada?

2. Canada’s medical marijuana industry is undergoing a sea-change. One need look no further than the public markets for evidence; the country’s first publicly traded marijuana play, Tweed Marijuana, recently began trading and boasts a market cap in excess of $100-million…

Canada’s Medical Marijuana Industry: A Top Down Look

3. In 1992, the NHL introduced the “instigator” rule, handing an extra two-minute minor penalty to a player who starts a fight. Here in 2014, many video game fans think the book should be thrown at video game maker Electronic Arts for their efforts on the latest version of their wildly popular NHL franchise. But will EA’s reportedly awful effort on NHL 15 really cause its long-time fans to abandon ship?

EA Feels the Wrath of Fans Over NHL 15 Flub

4. Alberta artist Peter van Tiesenhausen has provided an interesting legal precedent in his long-running battle with oil companies seeking to run a pipeline through his 800 acre territory. He has copyrighted his land as a work of art…

Alberta Artist Copyrights Land as Artwork to Keep Oil Companies At Bay

5. The $5.2-billion, 12-year deal that Rogers Communications signed with the NHL back in November means it will assume full editorial control over “Hockey Night in Canada”, meaning the fates of on-air talent such as Bob Cole, Don Cherry and Ron Maclean is now in the publicly traded company’s hands….

Roger That? How “Hockey Night In Canada” Ended Up Losing the CBC Money

6. With the rise of social media, reaching a specific market segment has never been more cost-effective. And never has it been more complicated. But a comprehensive new study from Vancouver-based market research firm Vision Critical reveals that social media is, in fact, having a big impact on consumer decisions.

Brands Ignore Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest at their Peril, says Vision Critical Study