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Tech blog roundup

by Saleem Khan, CBC News Online

The internet, video games and snot – that's right, snot – grabbed our attention over the last week. Here's the list:

Artificial 'snot' helps electronic nose
Picture this: Security flaw found in Photoshop
God of War II rules Canada
Disney tries social networking
Google still tops internet traffic

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Washington police find remains of former B.C. resident and her husband
Detectives in Washington state say they have found the bodies of a missing couple they believe were victims of homicide, one of them a former B.C. resident.
U.S. labs probe Zika, but the going is tough
The rapidly spreading Zika virus can be devastating to a human fetus. But one of the problems researchers face is that, in their experiments with mice, it becomes wimpy.
Death penalty sought for Dylann Roof, alleged Charleston church shooter
The U.S. Justice Department intends to seek the death penalty against Dylann Roof, the man charged with killing nine black parishioners last year in a church in Charleston, S.C., Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Tuesday.
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Analysis 5 potential warning signs of a Canadian downturn: Don Pittis
As the Bank of Canada offers its update on the economy and Canada's biggest commercial banks release results, here are five reasons why some economists say Canada's economy has turned gloomy again.
Courage: Canuck musicians, politicians tweet support for Gord Downie
News that Gord Downie has been diagnosed with a terminal form of brain cancer has elicited a sea of support from fans across the country and around the world. Many prominent Canucks, from Justin Trudeau to the Trailer Park Boys, have weighed in with their support, memories and favourite Tragically Hip tunes.
Updated Chris Hyndman's death 'shattered my life,' says Steven Sabados video
'It was a tragedy. I don't know what happened and I can't sort of pursue it,' Steven Sabados told CBC in his first TV news interview since the sudden death of his spouse and longtime TV co-host Chris Hyndman last summer.
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Politics »

Trudeau to take day off during Japan trip to celebrate wedding anniversary
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Japan for bilateral talks and the Group of Seven summit later this week but he isn't planning to hold any meetings or events Wednesday, so he can celebrate his 11th wedding anniversary with his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau.
Court finds designation of Egyptian man as security threat unreasonable
The Canadian government's designation of an Egyptian man as a threat to national security is unreasonable, a federal court judge has ruled.
Top general says military action in Libya not inevitable, but Canada watching closely video
Canada's top general says military intervention in Libya is not inevitable, but he's actively assessing options so he can advise the government on a possible way forward.
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Health »

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Arts & Entertainment»

Read Gord Downie's lyrics about dealing with cancer before his diagnosis
Gord Downie, The Tragically Hip lead singer who found out in recent months that he has terminal brain cancer, penned an album about dealing with the disease long before his own diagnosis: 2012's Now For Plan A.
Updated Chris Hyndman's death 'shattered my life,' says Steven Sabados video
'It was a tragedy. I don't know what happened and I can't sort of pursue it,' Steven Sabados told CBC in his first TV news interview since the sudden death of his spouse and longtime TV co-host Chris Hyndman last summer.
Gord Downie's 'incurable' brain cancer won't keep him from singing, his doctor says video
Gord Downie suffers from an aggressive form of brain cancer known as glioblastoma that's incurable, but should not rob the Tragically Hip frontman of his ability to sing, his doctor said today in Toronto.
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Technology & Science »

Amazing fossils found by ordinary people thrill scientists
Amazing fossils of a new horned dinosaur, a flightless bird, a giant trilobite and an ancient reptile that lived long before the dinosaurs were all recent discoveries by ordinary people out for a walk – not paleontologists. Here's why they're a big deal for science.
Google Maps directions may soon lead you to more ads
You might start seeing more ads when getting directions from Google's popular mapping service.
New Twitter rules to loosen 140-character limit, add visibility video
Twitter is changing the rules around how people are allowed to tweet on the social messaging platform, and some of the changes will lead to permitting longer tweets.
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Money »

37% of homeowners caught short of funds at least once in past year, Manulife survey says video
More than a third of Canadian homeowners polled in recent a survey say they were caught short at least once in the past year without enough money to cover their expenses.
TSX hits 2016 high
The Toronto Stock Exchange rose to its highest close of 2016 on Tuesday, as it finished with a gain of 33.27 points to hit 13,952.85.
CRTC calls TV companies in for public hearings on $25 basic packages
Canada's broadcast regulator said Tuesday it is calling four television providers to hearings on the recent launch of the so-callled "skinny basic" cable packages.
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Consumer Life »

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Casey predicts 'a different animal' in 2nd trip to Cleveland
The Toronto Raptors have found a way to beat Cleveland at home. Now they head back into the inhospitable Quicken Loans Arena with the daunting task of stealing a game on the road.
James Hinchcliffe has nothing but good memories from Indy video
In his return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this May, James Hinchcliffe didn't find himself reliving the terror and agony of the crash there that nearly killed him.
Profile John Brophy and the tale of 'the tape'
If you want to honour the life and times of the late John Brophy — maybe the most barbarous minor-league hockey player ever and later a hard-boiled, browbeating coach — a good place to start is "the tape."
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