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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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Torso's DNA matches journalist believed killed in amateur submarine video
A headless torso found on a beach off Copenhagen is identified as that of missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who is believed to have died on an amateur-built submarine earlier this month.
Hey Macarena: Dancing teen arrested in Saudi Arabia
Police in Saudi Arabia arrest and later release a 14-year-old boy who was filmed dancing to the '90s hit song Macarena at an intersection in the Red Sea city of Jeddah.
New 'Pride of Russia:' Russian art community turns out to support detained director
Russian theatre and film director Kirill Serebrennikov appeared in court Wednesday and was placed under house arrest pending an investigation into charges that he embezzled government funds allocated for one of his projects.
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'Disgusting behaviour' caught on video at fast food restaurant in Red Deer, Alta. video
A Carl's Jr. franchisee has been caught on video violating at least 10 food safety regulations. Jack Webb co-owns the fast food restaurant in Red Deer, Alta. CBC News has exclusively obtained the video that got him temporarily tossed from his own kitchen.
Judge who wore Trump hat in court says he wanted to lighten the post-election mood
A Hamilton judge who could be suspended or dismissed for wearing a Donald Trump hat in court told a hearing in Toronto he was "stunned" by last November's U.S. election outcome, and was just trying to make people laugh the next day.
Tornado rips through Lachute, leaving up to 40 homeless
Environment Canada has confirmed that the damage to residences in Lachute, Que., that forced some residents to leave their homes was, in fact, caused by a tornado.
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Politics »

Analysis As Ottawa mulls shorter election campaigns, here's how they would have changed history
The Liberals are considering limiting the length of election campaigns, which could have caused big differences in the results of some recent votes.
Analysis How should Canadians respond to the alt-right? video
Protesting with cheesecake might seem silly. But a question is suddenly relevant across North America in the wake of Charlottesville: What is the best way to respond to a white-supremacist rally?
Parliamentary committee ponders how to cope with nuclear threat from North Korea
A summer of sabre-rattling with North Korea appears to have put a dent in the Liberal resolve to keep Canada out of the U.S. ballistic missile shield.
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Health »

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Arts & Entertainment»

New Taylor Swift ends intrigue, announces new album in November
After whipping her army of fans into a frenzy with video snippets of slithery snake parts on social media, pop star Taylor Swift has predictably revealed details of her new album, reputation, and announced on Instagram it will be out Nov. 10.
New 'Pride of Russia:' Russian art community turns out to support detained director
Russian theatre and film director Kirill Serebrennikov appeared in court Wednesday and was placed under house arrest pending an investigation into charges that he embezzled government funds allocated for one of his projects.
Billy Joel dons Star of David during NYC show encore
Billy Joel wore the bright yellow Star of David with his black suit during an encore at Madison Square Garden this week.
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Technology & Science »

With eclipse 2017 complete, get ready for eclipse 2024 video
A solar eclipse will be viewable from North America on April 8, 2024. Here are some tips if you want to get ready now.
New magnet strength record broken by U.S. lab
A U.S. lab has reclaimed its status as home to the world's strongest resistive magnet after previously losing the record to China.
Walmart partners with Google on voice-activated shopping
The world's largest retailer said Wednesday it's working with Google to offer hundreds of thousands of items from laundry detergent to Legos for voice shopping through Google Assistant. The capability will be available in late September.
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Money »

Walmart partners with Google on voice-activated shopping
The world's largest retailer said Wednesday it's working with Google to offer hundreds of thousands of items from laundry detergent to Legos for voice shopping through Google Assistant. The capability will be available in late September.
Energy Transfer sues Greenpeace over Dakota Access pipeline
Energy Transfer Partners LP on Tuesday sued Greenpeace and other environmental groups, accusing them of launching an 'eco-terrorism' campaign aimed at blocking the Dakota Access Pipeline, the center of months of opposition by Native American and green groups.
Royal Bank hikes dividend after posting $2.8B quarterly profit
Royal Bank of Canada is reporting nearly $2.8 billion of net income for its fiscal third quarter and an unexpectedly large increase to its quarterly dividend.
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Consumer Life »

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New Andre De Grasse can't help but think 'what if?' after missing Bolt showdown video
Instead of battling Usain Bolt one final time, Andre De Grasse spent the world track and field championships playing tourist in London. The 22-year-old attended the Arsenal-Chelsea soccer game at Wembley Stadium. He toured the London and Tower bridges.
Preview Can Brooke Henderson seize the moment? video
Brooke Henderson is being treated like royalty at this week's CP Women's Open in Ottawa, and a victory near her hometown would be a storybook ending, writes Peter Robinson.
Superstitions aren't the only beliefs driving Canada's Little League team
Superstition is a big part of baseball and that's no different for Canada's Little League team ahead of a quarter-final bout against the powerhouse Japanese.
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