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Tech blog roundup

by Saleem Khan, CBC News Online

Robots, space (both real and in science fiction), the spin on Windows Vista and the surprising things people will click on while surfing the internet were all among the subjects that have caught our attention lately. Here's the list:

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Live Hillary Clinton expected to promote her 'steady leadership' in convention speech video
Hillary Clinton's campaign is offering a preview of her acceptance speech at the Democratic convention, where she'll say "America is once again at a moment of reckoning."
Joe Biden tells DNC Donald Trump talks 'a bunch of malarkey' video
In what was likely the last prime-time speech of his political life, U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden delivered a case for Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night with his regular-guy folksiness, misty-eyed storytelling and a few hard hits.
Turkey creates 'Traitors' Cemetery' for dead coup plotters
Tucked in the back corner of a construction site for a new dog shelter in eastern Istanbul lies a freshly dug, unmarked grave — the first in the new "Traitors' Cemetery" created specifically to hold the bodies of coup plotters who died in the failed military coup on July 15.
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Teen couple from Alberta's Whitefish First Nation were shot to death, police say video
Dylan Laboucan and Cory Grey of Whitefish Lake First Nation were shot and killed, RCMP say, adding they have "a significant amount of evidence" that indicates the killings were not random.
'A shady game': Air Miles hiding merchandise from us, claim customers
Air Miles is hiding certain merchandise from collectors who have enough points to buy it, claim some customers.
Phoenix Falling Phoenix overhaul leaves compensation worker laid off, over $100K owed to her
A former federal compensation adviser who was laid off and chose to retire when Ottawa transitioned to the new Phoenix payroll system now finds herself on the other end of the phone, trying to get answers on over $100,000 she's owed in termination benefits.
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Updated Hundreds of employees come forward with new Phoenix pay problems video
Senior bureaucrats reveal that hundreds more federal public servants have come forward to say they haven't been paid — the latest in the Phoenix payroll system controversy. Officials briefed the media before the committee meets at 2 p.m. ET. CBCNews.ca will carry the event live.
Phoenix public service pay problems could last until October video
The government has hired temp-agency workers, without security clearance, to staff a call centre handling inquiries from the 80,000 public servants who are having issues with their pay after the introduction of the bungled Phoenix payroll system, CBC News has learned.
Canada's top bureaucrat answers questions on Phoenix pay fiasco and Shared Services Canada's woes
The CBC's Allison Crawford sat down for an interview with Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick, the highest position in the federal public service, to discuss ongoing troubles with the Phoenix payroll system and the government's centralized IT provider, Shared Services Canada.
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Arts & Entertainment»

1, 2, 3 longtime cast members will remain on show, Sesame Street says
Sesame Street says the actors who play Bob, Luis and Gordon have not been let go from the enduring kids' series, despite an earlier report suggesting that was the case.
Video Can Stephen Colbert still play 'Stephen Colbert' on-air?
After Late Show host Stephen Colbert told viewers that lawyers representing his old Comedy Central show said he couldn't be "Stephen Colbert" anymore, he thumbed his nose at them with a transparent dodge. They said that the character was their intellectual property, 'which is surprising, since I never considered that guy much of an intellect,' Colbert said.
Video The chemistry is back with Gilmore Girls reboot, says Lauren Graham
The Gilmore Girls cast easily connected again for the forthcoming reboot, says star Lauren Graham. 'Everything was like, "Oh, here's the chemistry we had from the very first day we met," and it was just a joy to revisit,' she said Wednesday.
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Technology & Science »

Perseid meteor shower set to be extra-spectacular this year
The summer's best shooting star show is expected be even better this year, thanks to an unusual "outburst" that only happens about once a decade and could double the number of meteors you'll spot.
Q&A Science of cycling still largely mysterious
"It's as simple as riding a bicycle" is a common expression. But the science of staying upright on two wheels is anything except simple — and we know surprisingly little about the intricacies of how cycling actually works, says CBC Radio science columnist Torah Kachur.
Billion-year-old air reveals surprise about oxygen on ancient Earth
Canadian scientists have found a way to analyze air from the ancient Earth's atmosphere that was trapped in salt crystals nearly a billion years ago. What they found may have implications for the origin of complex life.
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Money »

Alphabet's earnings soar despite rising 'moonshot' losses
Business is booming at Google's parent company, Alphabet Inc., even as it loses billions of dollars on kooky-sounding projects that may never produce any revenue.
RBC tops TD in latest J.D. Power banking customer satisfaction survey
Royal Bank has claimed top spot among Canada's big five banks in J.D. Power's latest retail banking customers satisfaction survey, with Tangerine taking the honours among the country's mid-sized players for the fifth straight year.
Amazon revenue beats estimates as cloud sales surge
Amazon.com Inc reported a better-than-expected rise in quarterly revenue, powered by blockbuster growth in its cloud services unit and an increase in subscriptions for its Prime loyalty program.
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Rogers Cup: Milos Raonic's easy victory pushes him into quarter-finals video
Canadian Milos Raonic downed American qualifier Jared Donaldson 6-2, 6-3 on Thursday night in the third round of the Rogers Cup.
Rogers Cup: Pavlyuchenkova upsets Radwanska, Halep downs Pliskova video
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova survived a second-set letdown to upset fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-1 and advance to the quarter-finals of the US$2.4 million women's Rogers Cup on Thursday.
Rio 2016: 5 Olympic rivalries to watch
Every four years, the best athletes on the planet unite and as expected, some of the best rivalries in sports are born. Here are five rivalries to keep an eye on at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics.
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