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Tech blog roundup

by Saleem Khan, CBC News Online

We've had a lot on our mind in the last few days (including technical issues) so for your browsing convenience, here's the latest quick hit summary of a few of them. (Surprise! Nothing on video games!):

Robot wars, junior edition
Aldrin wants to create space lottery
Staring at the sun: In 3-D!
2 Qk 4 U: 13-year-old wins texting competition
Solar cellphone screen soon?
Craplets backlash rising
Walt Mossberg launches website

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Analysis Making sense of President Trump's attacks on the FBI: Keith Boag
For a split second last weekend it seemed Donald Trump might be coming around on the FBI's probe into Russia's election meddling and that he was almost ready to accept there might, in fact, be a real point to it. Then he finished his thought.
Suspicious package sent to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle probed as 'racist hate crime'
Police are investigating a suspicious package that was sent to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as a "racist hate crime," Scotland Yard said Thursday.
UN Security Council to vote on Syria truce resolution as hundreds killed near Damascus
The United Nations Security Council will vote today on a draft resolution demanding a 30-day truce in Syria to allow aid deliveries and medical evacuations, but it's not clear if the text has won the support of Syrian ally Russia.
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Breaking Canada to play for men's hockey bronze after stunning loss to Germany
Germans halt 15-game losing streak vs. Canada, will meet Olympic Athletes from Russia on Saturday in final
Environmental groups pinning hopes on major spending for conservation in budget
Conservation groups are predicting the federal budget could include up to $1.4 billion to protect land and water in Canada.
Head of Bruce McArthur investigation to give update this morning in alleged serial killer case
The Toronto detective leading the investigation into accused serial killer Bruce McArthur is expected to give an update starting at 10:45 a.m. ET. today.
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Politics »

Environmental groups pinning hopes on major spending for conservation in budget
Conservation groups are predicting the federal budget could include up to $1.4 billion to protect land and water in Canada.
Analysis If history is any guide, Patrick Brown's comeback bid faces long odds
Patrick Brown's bid to regain the leadership of the Ontario PCs is unprecedented in many ways, but he isn't the first leader on the outs to try to get himself back in.
Those who misuse religion to divide will not be tolerated, says Indian PM Modi
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have agreed to fight terrorism and those who misuse religion to divide people. Modi spoke following a bilateral meeting in New Delhi this morning.
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Health »

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Arts & Entertainment»

Harvey Weinstein apologizes for citing Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence in court
Harvey Weinstein apologized to Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence after his lawyers cited them in asking a court to dismiss a sexual misconduct lawsuit.
'I've never seen anything quite like this': Canadian designers basking in Meghan Markle effect video
Canadian fashion designers are benefiting from the so-called Markle effect, the term used to describe an instant spike in demand for clothing, jewelry and other items Meghan Markle wears since she and Prince Harry announced their engagement last November.
Saudi Arabia to build opera house in bid to shed conservative image, lure tourists
Saudi Arabia, a state where concerts are banned and music is prohibited in restaurants and stores, says construction will begin on the kingdom's first-ever opera house as it moves to shake off its conservative image and lure in tourist dollars.
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Technology & Science »

How fossil footprints found on a Greek holiday could rewrite the history of humanity
In 2002, a Polish paleontologist found what he thinks are the oldest human-like footprints in the world. Thus began a vicious fight over a discovery that raises new questions about our evolution.
'Tiny trash' a big problem for Canada's shorelines
Small pieces of plastic and foam topped the list of types of litter found along Canada’s shorelines during cleanups last year, beating out the usual winner — cigarette butts.
SECOND OPINION How many new drugs rely on government-funded science? All of them
There’s public science in every single new drug. That was the surprising answer to a U.S. senator’s question about how government-funded research is benefitting citizens. But it took a year to come up with the numbers.
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Money »

Updated Annual inflation rate eases slightly in January
Statistics Canada reported Friday that the consumer price index rose 1.7 per cent year-over-year in January, a slight cooling from the 1.9 per cent increase seen in December.
RBC hikes dividend as flat first-quarter profit still beats expectations
Royal Bank of Canada hiked its dividend as it reported a first-quarter profit of $3 billion, which was relatively flat compared with a year ago but beat expectations.
Analysis Where your tax dollar goes
Do you actually know what Canada spends its money on? As we prepare for next week's federal budget, let's start with a look at where the money really goes?
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Consumer Life »

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Breaking Canada to play for men's hockey bronze after stunning loss to Germany
Germany delivered its second straight upset of the Olympic men's hockey tournament, beating Canada 4-3 on Friday to clinch a berth in Saturday's final against the gold-medal favourites from Russia.
Kevin Koe's team hits 'rock bottom' with bronze-game defeat
A day after their semifinal defeat to the United States, Koe and his Calgary rink lost Friday's Olympic bronze-medal game 7-5 to Switzerland, meaning Canada will leave the Winter Olympics without a medal in traditional curling for the first time ever.
Olympic wake-up call: Day 14 news you might have missed from the Winter Games
Here's a quick recap of all the important Olympic news you might have missed overnight, and a look at what's still to come later today.
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Diversions »

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