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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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Manchester tattoo parlours buzzing as people commemorate attack with ink video
The Manchester bee, long a symbol of the industriousness of the northern England city, has been reborn as an emblem of unity and strength — and a popular tattoo in the wake of the devastating suicide bomber attack this week.
Updated Gunmen kill Coptic Christians riding bus in Egypt video
Gunmen kill at least 28 Coptic Christians riding a bus in Minya province in Egypt, according to Egyptian state media. Another 25 people are wounded.
3 questions about Trump's push for a probe into Manchester leaks
U.S. President Donald Trump called leaks to U.S. media about the Manchester bombing investigation "deeply troubling" and vowed to get to the bottom of it all. But reviews into leaks can face real challenges. Here are three questions about a potential probe.
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Analysis Dissecting the paths to victory for the 13 Conservative leadership candidates
Maxime Bernier is the favourite to win the Conservative leadership on Saturday. But he is not the only one with a chance of taking the title. What path do the other 12 candidates need to take in order to win?
New Christy Clark gets 1st chance to govern — but how long can it last? video
The B.C. election is over and Premier Christy Clark is back at work running the province. But things are far from normal.
Malicious hackers say they demanded $50,000 ransom for stolen Bell data
After 1.9 million email addresses were stolen from Bell's system, a person using the online handle "exodus" claimed to be one of two people behind the theft.
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Analysis Dissecting the paths to victory for the 13 Conservative leadership candidates
Maxime Bernier is the favourite to win the Conservative leadership on Saturday. But he is not the only one with a chance of taking the title. What path do the other 12 candidates need to take in order to win?
Free trade, climate among issues on Trudeau agenda at G7 summit in Italy
Canada will champion the benefits of free trade and action on climate change at the G7 Summit in Taormina, Sicily, even as U.S. President Donald Trump tries to steer the world in another direction.
Analysis Trudeau suggests defence review will invest more in troops than weaponry video
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, facing demands that Canada invest more in its military, says caring for troops is the priority in the upcoming defence policy. His comments in Brussels raise questions about the focus of the Liberal government's long-awaited statement.
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Health »

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Arts & Entertainment»

Video How Star Wars ruined Hollywood video
Forty years ago today, director George Lucas unleashed his dream about a fantastic universe filled with brave warriors, devoted robots and exhilarating space battles. But the success of the epic series has come at a creative cost for the movie industry.
'I'll never be sorry': Dirty Dancing remake viewers might disagree
ABC entered the musical adaptation game with a leap on Wednesday night, but its Dirty Dancing remake landed with a thud with many viewers and critics.
Maud Lewis painting fetches nearly $37K at Toronto auction video
Another Maud Lewis painting has sold for well above estimates: the Nova Scotia artist's Black Cats fetched $36,800 at the Consignor Canadian Fine Art auction Thursday in Toronto.
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Technology & Science »

Malicious hackers say they demanded $50,000 ransom for stolen Bell data
After 1.9 million email addresses were stolen from Bell's system, a person using the online handle "exodus" claimed to be one of two people behind the theft.
Opinion Using the wrong emoji can cost you — literally
A recent case in the Israeli courts saw a defendant pay $3000 because of a few texts and emojis. While this all might seem a little silly, it signals a not-so-silly shift in the way communication is changing.
Yukon looks to preserve and manage grizzly bear population
Yukon's grizzly population appears to be doing well, even as the species faces threats elsewhere. 'So, the writing's on the wall that this is a species that if we're not careful ... we could be in that situation.'
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Money »

Analysis OPEC decision stabilizes oil prices, but for how long? video
The cartel's extension of oil-production cuts is for nine months, but after that opinions vary about whether oil prices will take off or start slumping yet again — two possibilities that would have a major impact on Alberta's recovery.
The case for BlackBerry at $45 US a share video
BlackBerry Ltd. shares have been on a hot streak in recent weeks — rising more than 60 per cent — and one technology analyst thinks some of the company's new products have the potential to help push the stock to $45 US by 2020.
Malicious hackers say they demanded $50,000 ransom for stolen Bell data
After 1.9 million email addresses were stolen from Bell's system, a person using the online handle "exodus" claimed to be one of two people behind the theft.
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Analysis Clock strikes midnight on Cinderella Senators video
Ottawa's magical playoff run ended Thursday night with a knuckle-ball shot in double OT of Game 7 of the East final in Pittsburgh, but there's plenty to celebrate about the Senators' improbable march to within one goal of the Stanley Cup final.
Video Hip Check: Chris Kunitz plays Game 7 hero as Penguins advance to Stanley Cup video
Chris Kunitz scores two, including the double overtime winner to send the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Stanley Cup final for the second straight year.
Preview Andre De Grasse has unfinished business at Prefontaine Classic
Andre De Grasse is scheduled to run the men's 100 metres at the Prefontaine Classic in Oregon on Saturday (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 5:24 p.m. ET) , where the Canadian sprinter finished last in his Diamond League season debut a year ago.
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