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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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Cyberattack: Was it really ransomware, or an attack on Ukraine — or something yet to come?
A day after the latest cyberattack crippled computers internationally, starting in Ukraine, expert opinions are varying widely over who was behind it and what the real goal was.
Analysis On health care, Republicans finally have it all — but can't figure out what to do with it
Despite the clear legislative letdown that came after delivery of the Republicans' much-anticipated bill aimed at dismantling Obamacare, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was certain he'd be ready this week to put it to a vote. He wasn't.
Is Prince Charles misunderstood?
Prince Charles, who arrives in Canada Thursday for a three-day visit, has been labelled an old fogey and mocked for talking to plants, but the heir to the throne has also become a keen environmentalist and social entrepreneur seen by some as well ahead his time.
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'This is not their fault': Saretzky and Blanchette families support each other during murder trial
The relationship between the Blanchette and Saretzky families could easily have been one of hate and hurt, but incredible gestures of kindness and forgiveness have brought them together.
Dreams of a gender-neutral O Canada are over — for now
Canadians will not be singing a gender-neutral national anthem on Canada Day after a bill before Parliament to officially change the lyrics has stalled.
Exclusive Bidder urges overhaul of design tender in $60B navy frigate program
The Liberal government's plan plan to buy an off-the-shelf design in the $60-billion navy frigate replacement program faces "a high risk failure" unless the tender is rewritten, according to a submission by one of bidders in the design competition.
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Exclusive Bidder urges overhaul of design tender in $60B navy frigate program
The Liberal government's plan plan to buy an off-the-shelf design in the $60-billion navy frigate replacement program faces "a high risk failure" unless the tender is rewritten, according to a submission by one of bidders in the design competition.
New More trouble for Canada-EU trade deal, as drug changes delay implementation video
Canada's goal to see its trade agreement with the European Union take flight by July 1 now appears grounded by a second series of concerns, this time from the pharmaceutical industry.
Ottawa spends $1.2M on travel for Phoenix training boot camp
In its ongoing efforts to fix the troubled public-servant payroll system known as Phoenix, the federal government spent more than $1 million sending new hires to the Ottawa region for training boot camps.
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Health »

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Arts & Entertainment»

Live Watch Michael Bublé, Michael J. Fox get Governor General's Performing Arts Awards video
Actors Michael J. Fox, Martin Short and theatre director Brigitte Haentjens are being honoured at Rideau Hall Wednesday night at the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards.
Updated A CBC send-off: Colleagues salute Peter Mansbridge ahead of final broadcast
Just ahead of Peter Mansbridge's final broadcast as anchor of The National this week, CBC News's chief correspondent was honoured by staff at the public broadcaster's Toronto headquarters on Wednesday.
As It Happens 'They were, like, wet': Meet the German student selling Justin Bieber's right Yeezy for $7K
A German woman named Laura is getting flooded with hate from Justin Bieber fans after she secured the singer's right shoe at a music festival and decided not to keep it
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Technology & Science »

Canada relatively unscathed as cyberattack continues to spread
As a cyberattack continued to spread among nations and corporations on Wednesday, the identity and motives of the attackers remain a mystery.
Cyberattack: Was it really ransomware, or an attack on Ukraine — or something yet to come?
A day after the latest cyberattack crippled computers internationally, starting in Ukraine, expert opinions are varying widely over who was behind it and what the real goal was.
Canada's top court backs order for Google to remove firm's website from global searches video
The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld a B.C. court ruling that ordered Google to remove the website of a company from its global search results.
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Money »

Canada relatively unscathed as cyberattack continues to spread
As a cyberattack continued to spread among nations and corporations on Wednesday, the identity and motives of the attackers remain a mystery.
Boeing seeks delay in duty ruling on petition against Bombardier
Bombardier may have to wait an extra two months to find out if its CSeries commercial jets will be hit by punishing U.S. duties.
Canadian dollar tops 76 cents US as Poloz comments raise spectre of rate hike
The Canadian dollar gained almost a cent and hit its highest level in four months on Wednesday after Canada's central bank head hinted in an interview that rate hikes could be coming sooner rather than later.
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Consumer Life »

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Oilers' Connor McDavid to sign $106M deal: reports
Connor McDavid is nearing an extension with the Edmonton Oilers, reportedly worth $106 million US over eight years. The deal, which can't be signed until July 1 and won't kick in until the 2018-19 season, would give McDavid the highest yearly cap hit in the league at $13.25 million.
Video Usian Bolt on retirement: 'There is nothing else to do' video
The Olympic champion discusses his reasoning for retiring from track and field.
Kyle Lowry, Raptors at crossroads in free agency
With Kyle Lowry set to hit free agency on July 1, both the all-star point guard and the Toronto Raptors face a fascinating decision on whether they're better off together or apart.
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