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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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Donations pour into Planned Parenthood thanks to Mike Pence
Donations to Planned Parenthood surged in the month since the U.S. election as supporters of the health care and abortion provider try to make a point — many of them making their donations in the name of incoming vice-president Mike Pence.
Syrian president says victory still in sight for Aleppo
The Syrian army's advance in Aleppo slowed on Thursday but a victory was still firmly in sight after President Bashar al-Assad vowed that retaking the city would change the course of the six-year-old war.
Analysis It may be 'foolish' to ignore Trump's tweets, even when they look like 'fluff'
Everything the U.S. president-elect does, says and writes now matters. Unless it doesn't, say media critics, amid a debate over whether the world can afford to tune out tweets by Donald Trump.
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New Quebec Algonquins file title claim to downtown Ottawa
In a move to block a treaty between the Algonquins of Ontario and the federal and Ontario governments, a group of Quebec Algonquins have filed an Aboriginal title claim for lands in downtown Ottawa, including Parliament Hill, the Supreme Court of Canada and Lebreton Flats.
Hopes low that dinner with PM will lead to health deal
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the premiers will discuss the broad outline of a new health accord at a working dinner on Friday night, but multiple federal and provincial sources say it is unlikely to lead to a deal.
'Frustrating' backlog of refugee applications will likely get longer as federal targets drop
Spurred on by this year's fast-tracking of displaced Syrians, nearly 30,000 more people are in line to come to Canada as refugees — but they are likely in for a wait, as the government is lowering its target for refugee resettlement in the coming year.
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Canada set to meet Paris climate commitments under plan to be announced Friday
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the premiers and territorial leaders are expected to agree on a blueprint for a national framework on climate change Friday that will see Canada meet its commitments under the Paris agreement.
Hopes low that dinner with PM will lead to health deal
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the premiers will discuss the broad outline of a new health accord at a working dinner on Friday night, but multiple federal and provincial sources say it is unlikely to lead to a deal.
First Nations youth launch fund to support pipeline protests in Canada
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's decision to green-light the Trans Mountain pipeline has prompted First Nations youth to launch a "water protector fund" to raise money for cross-country protests to stop its construction.
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Health »

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Arts & Entertainment»

Donald Trump remains executive producer of Celebrity Apprentice
Donald Trump is gone from the boardroom of NBC's Celebrity Apprentice reboot but he has kept a connection to the reality show.
Rolling Stone's Mick Jagger welcomes birth of 8th child
Mick Jagger's representatives say the rock legend and Rolling Stones frontman has welcomed the birth of his eighth child with girlfriend Melanie Hamrick.
Video Syrian refugee kids choir performs at the House of Commons video
A year ago these Syrian children had just arrived in Canada, hoping to be welcomed in a new country far from home. Today they sang songs about hope and peace in the House of Commons.
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Technology & Science »

Former astronaut, U.S. senator John Glenn dead at 95
John Glenn, whose life took him to the celestial heights as the first American to orbit in space, then into the trenches of congressional infighting as a longtime Democratic senator, before he re-entered space as a 77-year-old, has died.
Researchers sound alarm over millions of tonnes of plastic dumped into oceans video
Members of an international organization based in Denmark that aims to raise awareness about the consequences of the increasing plastic pollution of the oceans, are set to collect data and measure levels of micro-plastics floating in the water.
Feathered dinosaur tail found trapped in amber
Scientists have discovered a unique find: a tail feather of 99-million-year-old dinosaur.
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Money »

TSX, New York stock markets rally as crude prices top $50 US
Major stock markets in New York climbed to set new records today amid a broad rally from banks, materials and technology companies.
NHL's Vegas Golden Knights denied trademark video
The National Hockey League says it won't change the name or logo of its newest club, despite being denied a trademark by U.S. authorities.
Hatchimals: this year's Christmas blockbuster toy — and a Canadian innovation
Spin Master is the Canadian toy company behind this year's international Christmas craze, Hatchimals. Although little-known outside business circles, the company is a Canadian success story now worth $3.5 billion.
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Consumer Life »

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Penny Oleksiak wins bronze, sets new Canadian record video
Canada's Olympic star Penny Oleksiak won bronze in the 100-metre freestyle at the world short-course swimming championships Thursday, setting a new Canadian record in the process.
Stars' Jamie Oleksiak inspired by sister Penny's hard work video
Jamie and Penny Oleksiak are separated by seven years and different sports, but the Dallas Stars defenceman has been motivated by his younger sister's hard work as he tries to find his way in the NHL.
Awakening the giant: Swimming Canada setting sights on 2020 Olympics
The world short-course swimming championships in Windsor this week is like hitting the reset button on the Olympic cycle, with the focus now on the 2020 Games in Tokyo.
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Diversions »

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