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Tech blog roundup

by Saleem Khan, CBC News Online

The future was on our minds a lot this week, between space, blogs, the environment, global warming, the cars we wish we could have and the crass consumerism of it all. Peer across the space-time barrier in this week's blog picks:

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Dylann Roof confession video played in court: 'I killed them'
Dylann Roof hesitated for only moments before confessing to killing nine black people at a Charleston, S.C., church as an FBI agent questioned him less than 24 hours after the shooting.
Updated Obama orders 'deep dive review' of 'malicious' election campaign hacking
U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered intelligence officials to conduct a broad review on the election-season hacking that rattled the presidential campaign and raised new concerns about foreign meddling in U.S. elections.
Donald Trump's choice of generals for top posts 'extremely unusual'
The procession of former military officers nominated for top jobs in Donald Trump’s administration is raising concerns over whether the appointments could defy an American constitutional tenet: civilian oversight of government.
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Police searching for Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji's purse, mobile phone near Vaughan creek
Toronto police are conducting a land and water search in the area where Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji's body was found on Dec. 1, in hopes of finding a purse and cellphone belonging to the slain physician.
Jack Kramer acquitted of raping Calgary woman in front of husband in 1995
Jack Kramer has been found guilty of break and enter and possession of a weapon, but not guilty of the more serious charges of forcible confinement and sexual assault related to a 1995 attack on a woman in her home.
New Obama creates 'resilience area' off Alaska, to protect Bering ecosystem
U.S. President Barack Obama used his executive powers Friday to add protections to waters off Alaska's west coast. The area covers 290,855 square kilometres and supports the annual marine mammal migration of bowhead and beluga whales, Pacific walrus, ice seals and migratory birds.
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Politics »

Updated B.C. joins Saskatchewan in opposing parts of national climate plan video
The push to sign a national climate strategy hit a snag Friday as British Columbia started to show signs of unease with increasing its provincial carbon tax, and has joined forces with Saskatchewan to stymie parts of the agreement, federal and provincial sources told CBC News.
Russia threatens retaliation over latest round of Canadian sanctions video
Russia is threatening to retaliate after Canada quietly imposed additional sanctions on Russian nationals over the annexation of Crimea and Moscow's ongoing support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.
John McCallum says government still has to convince Canadians to embrace refugees audio
The man tasked with bringing thousands of Syrian refugees to Canada says that while most Canadians were quick to embrace them, his government still "has to work very hard" to convince some people to embrace these new arrivals.
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Health »

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Video Teen troubles and Tony Stark abound in debut Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer
Spider-Man: Homecoming promises a jaunty return to the webslinging title character's teenage world, with a debut trailer that centres on high school drama, learning to juggle a double identity and testing boundaries set by new mentor Tony Stark.
Taylor Swift teams up with Zayn Malik for Fifty Shades duet I Don't Wanna Live Forever
Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik have dropped a surprise duet single from the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack.
Jessica Chastain and Miss Sloane director John Madden lobby for the anti-hero video
The political thriller Miss Sloane stars Jessica Chastain as Elizabeth Sloane, a ruthless and sought-after lobbyist in the middle of the U.S. gun control debate.
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Technology & Science »

New The patent trap? Open science advocates want CRISPR technology to be free
Should two U.S. universities be fighting to privatize one of the most important scientific discoveries in history? Canadian open science advocates say no.
Inuvik teacher's 'never-ending encouragement' leads to prestigious polar mentor award
Joel McAlister, a senior instructor in the Environment and Natural Resources Technology program in Inuvik, N.W.T., was named Mentor of the Year at this week's ArcticNet gathering in Winnipeg.
'We lost a good man today': Chris Hadfield on the death of John Glenn video audio
Col. Chris Hadfield, Canada’s most recognizable former astronaut, says the death of his idol and colleague John Glenn is tragic.
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Money »

New Anti-corruption group calls for more disclosure on owners of Canadian companies, trusts
The federal government should require all companies and trusts to identify their beneficial owners, according to the recommendations contained in a report from the Canadian division of Transparency International, a global anti-corruption organization.
BRP vows to remain in Mexico even if Trump pulls out of NAFTA
The maker of Ski-Doos, personal watercraft and off-road vehicles says it will maintain low-cost production in Mexico even if Donald Trump withdraws from NAFTA.
U.S. regulators mull allowing in-flight phone calls via plane's Wi-Fi
Airlines could let passengers make in-flight phone calls using Wi-Fi under a proposal from federal regulators.
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Athletics Canada fires head coach Peter Eriksson
Athletics Canada on Friday parted ways with head coach Peter Eriksson on the heels of "its largest and most thorough organizational review."
Live Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final video
Catch all of the live action from France as Canadian figure skaters in every discipline compete at the Grand Prix of Figure Skating's Final event.
Road to the Olympic Games: Canada's deepest-ever figure skating team
In what has long been regarded as an individual pursuit, Canada may have the deepest squad on ice. It's not hockey and it's not curling. It's the national passion of figure skating, writes Scott Russell.
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