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BusPatrol to expand to Montreal, promises 150 jobs within two years

The Virginia-based company manufactures cameras that identify drivers who ignore school-bus stop signs. The company cited Montreal’s AI infrastructure—and the estimated 10,000 school buses on Quebec roads—as part of the reason it chose the city. BusPatrol has struck a deal with Montreal’s Hypertech to manufacture the cameras in Quebec. (La Presse)

U.K. regulator approves Amazon stake in Deliveroo

The decision, which took more than a year to reach, clears the way for Amazon to take a 16 per cent stake in the London-based meal-delivery firm. Deliveroo said it will use the funds to open more “delivery-only” kitchens and help restaurants manage the impact of COVID-19. (Financial Times)

Australia to require Facebook and Google to pay for news

The royalty-style licensing system will be open to media companies that create, publish and serve an Australian audience, and are subject to professional editorial standards and editorial independence with revenue exceeding A$150,000 per year. Notably, Australia’s public broadcasters are excluded from the program. The treasurer will decide which companies will be required to comply with the code, but has already decided to include Facebook and Google. Both companies argue that they deliver traffic to news sites, which they claim contributes to more than A$400 million combined in revenue to those publishers. (The Guardian)

Three charged in Twitter hack, including teens in Florida and the U.K.

Seventeen-year-old Graham Clark of Tampa faces 30 felony charges for "scamming people across America" in the security breach, which saw the accounts of high-profile users like Elon Musk and Kim Kardashian used to solicit Bitcoin contributions from their followers. Mason Sheppard, 19, of Bognor Regis in the U.K. and Nima Fazeli, 22, of Orlando, Fla., were also charged. (The Logic, WFLA)