In the news: 2,500 pay their respects to Ford, Snapchat buys Bitstrips, and longtime CFRB radio host passes away.
An estimated 2,500 mourners paid their respects to the late mayor, Rob Ford, during his first day in repose at City Hall. Members of the Ford family, who greeted well-wishers at the hours-long remembrance service yesterday, are expected to return tomorrow.
Social media giant Snapchat has reportedly acquired Toronto-based Bitstrips for more than US $100 million. According to technology marketing expert Andy Walker, the deal is believed to have been made to attract more advertisers, who would be drawn into the app’s personalized emojis. According to Fortune, the deal was made via a mix of cash and stock, though neither of the companies have publicly commented on the matter.
Former longtime CFRB radio host Wally Crouter has died. The 92-year-old, best known as Toronto’s longest-serving morning radio host of what is now Newstalk1010, passed away in his sleep yesterday morning at Sunnybrook Hospital. He is survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter, and grandchildren.