Google’s parent eyes Toronto as location of new high-tech district: sources

May 10, 2017
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Larry Page’s dream of usingToronto Hydro using workers in India. Read more ... » technologyU of T grad students’ research helps develop translation technology for Microsoft, Google. Read more ... » to fix citiesToronto’s jobless rate nearly highest among Canada’s big cities. Read more ... » may come to CanadaAcumatica Grows Cloud ERP Software Business in Canada. Read more ... » firstImpact99 Launching Canada's First Social Media and HR Conference. Read more ... »

Sidewalk LabsThornhill start-up Canopy Labs raises $1.5 million in venture capital funding. Read more ... » LLC, the urban innovationSpin Master Innovation Fund - Helps Kick-Start Projects of Innovative Entrepreneurs. Read more ... » unit of Page’s AlphabetAlphabet Prepares to Challenge Facebook and Microsoft In VR. Read more ... » Inc., has applied to developU of T grad students’ research helps develop translation technology for Microsoft, Google. Read more ... » a 12-acre strip in downtownBaby deer on the loose in downtown Vancouver. Read more ... » TorontoToronto Hydro using workers in India. Read more ... », according to two people familiar with the plansTransCanada ditches plans for Quebec oil export terminal. Read more ... ». Details of the proposalSchoolyard selloff: Toronto school board abandons land sale proposal. Read more ... » are privateLa Carnita’s private patio on public space angers condo owners. Read more ... », but theseHume: These two things will change Toronto forever. Read more ... » people said the bid fits with the company’s ambition to createHow the federal parties say they’ll create jobs. Read more ... » a connected, highNetflix rolls out high tech HDR content but barely anyone is watching. Read more ... »-tech cityHigh-tech MTA buses with Wi-Fi are now rolling around New York City. Read more ... » or districtProposed condo in entertainment district leaves a bad taste on ‘restaurant row’. Read more ... » fromThe 905 feels the heat from Toronto’s hot housing market. Read more ... » scratch.

Last yearWill 2015 be the year of wearable technology?. Read more ... », the company began talking openly about buildingTen shot, two dead near New York's Empire State Building. Read more ... » a theoretical urban zone “from the internetThe Internet of Things: Beyond the hype. Read more ... » up,” with somePittsburgh is embracing the self-driving tech industry despite some opposition. Read more ... » of the same tools and principles that have fuelled success at many tech companies. 

Before applying in Toronto, Sidewalk Labs discussed creatingUber faces DOJ criminal investigation over creating evasive Greyball software. Read more ... » a district in Denver and Detroit with executives of Alphabet, GoogleGoogle Heads Down New Path With 'OnHub' Wireless Router. Read more ... »’s parent company, according to the people. They asked not to be identified discussing private plans.

In a speech last week at the Smart Cities NYC conferenceImpact99 Launching Canada's First Social Media and HR Conference. Read more ... », Sidewalk Labs chief executive officer Dan Doctoroff said the firm is exploring developmentOverhaul of Don River mouth could spur Port Lands development. Read more ... » of a “large-scale district.”

“I’m sureJames: If Toronto must have a casino, let's be sure it pays. Read more ... » many of you are thinking this is a crazy idea,” Doctoroff said, according to news websiteStarlight Launches New Apartment Rental Website for the Canadian Market. Read more ... » StateScoop. “We don’t thinkOntarians think Uber-like services boost economy: Report. Read more ... » it’s crazy at all. People thought it was crazy when Google decided to connect all the world’s information. People thought it was crazy to think about the concept of a self-driving carDan Kenyon Appointed as CEO of JenniUSA. Read more ... ».”

A representative for Sidewalk Labs confirmed Doctoroff’s speech but declined to comment further.

Waterfront Toronto, created in 2001 by the federalHow the federal parties say they’ll create jobs. Read more ... », provincial and city governments, is a publicKingston Pen, Canada’s Alcatraz, opens doors to public. Read more ... » corporation designed to revitalize a 2Ride in the sky: Airbus says it will test airborne taxis as early as 2017. Read more ... »,000-acre downtown plot in Toronto. Earlier this year, the agency requested proposals for part of that area: a new “community” called Quayside to be developed with a private “innovation and fundingThornhill start-up Canopy Labs raises $1.5 million in venture capital funding. Read more ... » partner.”

Quayside would be “a testbed for emerging technologiesThe Next Breakthrough Space Technologies for Canada: The Focus of the Canadian Space Commerce Association Annual Meeting. Read more ... », materials and processes that will address these challenges and advance solutions that can be replicated in cities worldwide,” the city wrote in its invitation. 

Andrew Hilton, a spokesperson for Waterfront Toronto, declined to comment on the applicants for Quayside or its funding structureGoogle shakes up corporate structure with launch of Alphabet. Read more ... ». The agency plans to identifyUber used Greyball program to identify, block authorities from hailing cars. Read more ... » its development partner by June at the earliest, according to its proposal document.

City CouncillorHalifax council candidate says current councillor bought up his domain name. Read more ... » Pam McConnell was only aware of “a number of proposals” for the Quayside site. “It’s an exciting storyHow the MaRS story took off. Read more ... » because, whether it’s this (Alphabet) proposal or one that beats it, it means there are innovativeSpin Master Innovation Fund - Helps Kick-Start Projects of Innovative Entrepreneurs. Read more ... » ideas for Quayside,” she said.

“I think this really becomingHow a small Ontario city is betting on the future by becoming a hub for self-driving cars. Read more ... » an exciting opportunity for the nextAudiobooks.com aiming to be ‘the next big Canadian tech story’. Read more ... » generation of building out our city and of us realizing we’re really a lake city.”

She expects the site, on the east side of the downtown waterfront, will becomeAirbnb cooking up deals to become travel behemoth. Read more ... » a mix of commercial, residential and tech innovation uses.

Formed two years ago, Sidewalk Labs was amongSilverEdge Named Among a 2010 Accounting Today Technology Pacesetter. Read more ... » the first independent units of Google before it turnedLyft turned down a purchase offer from General Motors. Read more ... » intoAirbnb cutting into available rentals in city, study shows. Read more ... » the Alphabet holding company. So far, the mostAustralia, Canada Home to World's Most Livable Cities. Read more ... » visible projectWhat’s i-Next? BMW’s Project I is a you-centric vision of the future. Read more ... » is LinkNYC, a network of ad-supported Wi-Fi kiosks in New YorkHigh-tech MTA buses with Wi-Fi are now rolling around New York City. Read more ... » City run by Intersection, a Sidewalk Labs investment.

But the visionWhat’s i-Next? BMW’s Project I is a you-centric vision of the future. Read more ... » extends well beyondThe Internet of Things: Beyond the hype. Read more ... » corner kiosks and other “smart city” efforts that typically involve selling softwareDan Kenyon Appointed as CEO of JenniUSA. Read more ... » and infrastructure to local agencies facing budgetDan Kenyon Appointed as CEO of JenniUSA. Read more ... » pressures. 

Doctoroff has spoken often about how technology like autonomousExpert voices chime in on how will autonomous cars change cities. Read more ... » transit, high-speed internet, embedded sensors and rideRide in the sky: Airbus says it will test airborne taxis as early as 2017. Read more ... »-sharing servicesOntarians think Uber-like services boost economy: Report. Read more ... » couldOverhaul of Don River mouth could spur Port Lands development. Read more ... » transform urban life. He’s also hinted at tech’s ability to overhaulOverhaul of Don River mouth could spur Port Lands development. Read more ... » zoning rulesHow New Federal Rules Will Help Align Housing and Transportation Policy. Read more ... » and controlDARPA aims for simple way to control swarm of attack drones. Read more ... » housingThe 905 feels the heat from Toronto’s hot housing market. Read more ... » costsMoving schools to city's outskirts can bring hidden costs. Read more ... », a particular interest of Alphabet’sGoodbye, Google car: Alphabet’s Waymo reportedly teams with auto manufacturers. Read more ... » Page. 

Sidewalk Labs has discussed creating an entire micro-city or district that could showcase the company’s ideas for urban planning.

At the conference last week, Doctoroff said the plans were still in the “feasibility” phase. It hasn’t spoken publicly about its businessAcumatica Grows Cloud ERP Software Business in Canada. Read more ... » model, beyond ad revenue from the New York Wi-Fi kiosks. Intersection, the company behind them, is expandingClinton Calls for Expanding Surveillance. Read more ... » those to London115,000 sign Uber petition against Transport for London car hire crackdown. Read more ... » this year. Groups involved in urban redevelopment projectsSpin Master Innovation Fund - Helps Kick-Start Projects of Innovative Entrepreneurs. Read more ... » typically try to recoup investments with real estate gains later. 

Toronto could be a lucrative homeAustralia, Canada Home to World's Most Livable Cities. Read more ... » for Sidewalk’s urban experiment because of the city’s rapid growth, surging home prices and willingness to embrace new technology.

It’s also trying to attract more investment from the U.S.

On Monday, UberUber faces DOJ criminal investigation over creating evasive Greyball software. Read more ... » Technologies Inc. announcedImpact99 Launching Canada's First Social Media and HR Conference. Read more ... » it is starting a new lab for its autonomous vehicle programJenniUSA Announces Release of Jenni 7.0 Innovation Management Program. Read more ... » in the CanadianAudiobooks.com aiming to be ‘the next big Canadian tech story’. Read more ... » metropolis.

With a file from Star staff

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