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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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Russian athlete in Pyeongchang suspected of doping violation
The Russian delegation at the Olympics in Pyeongchang has confirmed that it has received official notification of a possible doping violation by one of its athletes.
Former VP Joe Biden mulls 2020 run for U.S. president video
Former U.S. vice-president Joe Biden is tiptoeing toward a potential presidential run in 2020, even broaching the possibility during a recent gathering of longtime foreign policy aides.
Analysis What could start the next war? 'Accident, miscalculation, blunder'
An insistent alarm is being raised over the rising probability the world will trip into its next major conflict rather than deliberately march into it.
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Becca Schofield, N.B. teen who inspired #BeccaToldMeTo campaign, has died
Becca Schofield, the teen whose campaign to spread kindness became a global movement, has died.
Sajjan asks Trudeau to meet Indian politician who accused Canada of Sikh separatist sympathies
The Canadian government is now seeking a meeting with the Indian politician who publicly accused members of Trudeau's cabinet of being connected to the Sikh separatist movement.
'Slippery slope': Opposition mounts to Canadian media's plan to block piracy websites
Opposition is mounting to a coalition’s plan to block Canadians from accessing piracy websites. Many Canadians fear that the plan — backed by media companies such as Bell, Rogers and CBC — could lead to rampant internet censorship
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Politics »

Liberals to dig deeper, aim higher on gender equality in 2018 federal budget video
The Liberal government is trying to move beyond the obvious in its quest for gender equality, thinking outside the daycare box to more thoroughly examine how the federal budget would impact men and women in different ways — even before committing to a dime of spending.
Analysis Jagmeet Singh doesn't want to be timid, but it's still not clear how bold he will be audio
With delegates to the NDP policy convention cheering for the promise of proportional representation, Jagmeet Singh declared that "the time to be timid was over" and then he spoke of "courage." But the extent of Singh's courageousness is still taking shape.
Sajjan asks Trudeau to meet Indian politician who accused Canada of Sikh separatist sympathies
The Canadian government is now seeking a meeting with the Indian politician who publicly accused members of Trudeau's cabinet of being connected to the Sikh separatist movement.
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Health »

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Arts & Entertainment»

Black Panther's inspiring $192M weekend — in more ways than one
Black Panther has not only taken the box office by storm during its opening weekend, but has inspired movements ranging from fashion to voting.
BAFTA Awards red carpet turns black against sexual misconduct
The unofficial dress code Sunday on the red carpet for the British Academy Film Awards is black at London's Royal Albert Hall.
Hedley allegations put spotlight on music industry in wake of #MeToo
Allegations of sexual misconduct swirling around pop-rockers Hedley have put the spotlight on an industry long defined by the mantra of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll — but several music veterans believe a powerful change is already well underway.
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Technology & Science »

Neptune's mysterious storm shrinking out of existence
Like Jupiter's Great Red Spot, Neptune has had its own raging storm. Astronomers using Hubble have discovered that this once-enormous storm is rapidly shrinking.
Bob McDonald's blog Are young people losing face time to screen time?
The evidence suggests that children are getting too much screen time - and it could be affecting them as adults.
Starman and his Tesla could crash into Earth or Venus ... eventually
Bad news, Elon: There's a chance your Tesla Roadster will come crashing down to Earth.
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Money »

'Slippery slope': Opposition mounts to Canadian media's plan to block piracy websites
Opposition is mounting to a coalition’s plan to block Canadians from accessing piracy websites. Many Canadians fear that the plan — backed by media companies such as Bell, Rogers and CBC — could lead to rampant internet censorship
Landline phone scam and luxury car purchases: CBC's Marketplace consumer cheat sheet
Miss something this week? Don't panic. CBC's Marketplace rounds up the consumer and health news you need.
Canadians take more money out of retirement savings to pay for expenses: survey
Canadians are withdrawing more money from their retirement savings to pay for short-term expenses despite the tax consequences, according to a new bank survey.
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Consumer Life »

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Analysis Canadians earn a rest, but face tough path in Olympic hockey knockout stage
Team Canada did not win their group and face a more difficult path to move on in the Olympic men's hockey tourney. However, a 4-0 win on Sunday against Korea earned the Canadians a much-needed extra day off to prepare for what should be a game against Finland.
Live Watch Olympic Extra Afternoon, featuring curling
Watch Olympic Extra Afternoon on CBC, featuring an encore presentation of the Canadian men's and women's matches on Sunday.
Canadian Trail: How Canada did today at the Olympics
In a remarkable display of perseverance, an ailing Alex Beaulieu-Marchand earned 92.40 points on his second run for bronze in men's slopestyle to secure Canada’s 16th medal of the Winter Games in South Korea.
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