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Tech blog roundup

by Saleem Khan, CBC News Online

This week, the future of science, technology and Islam; journalism and the Apple vs. PC debate, NASA and Trekkies' flights of fancy, identity and privacy, and the most anticipated game of the year — Halo 3 — all had us pondering this week. Here's the list:

Dubai: Hub of Islamic scientific renaissance?
PC World runs article at centre of resignation controversy
Trekkies steer NASA mission toward Vulcan hunt
Reporters cover Pasadena...from India
PC World editor back in charge
I, Google
Halo 3 first impressions

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Congress releases redacted, declassified Democratic memo
Congress has released a redacted, declassified memo that aims to counter GOP allegations that the FBI abused government surveillance powers in its investigation into Russian election interference.
UN Security Council unanimously votes for ceasefire as airstrikes batter Syria's Ghouta
The UN Security Council on Saturday demanded a 30-day truce across Syria "without delay" as rescuers in the country's eastern Ghouta region said bombing would not let up long enough for them to count bodies during one of the bloodiest air assaults of the seven-year war.
Bollywood star Sridevi dead at 54
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Chatham-Kent flood: Multiple people rescued as Thames River continues to rise video
Residents in Chatham, Ont., were being rescued from their flooded homes Saturday, after the swollen Thames River overflowed in the downtown core and surrounding areas.
Virtue, Moir pay tribute to Gord Downie with Olympic gala performance
Sending the Canadiana rating sky high, national ice dance treasures Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir performed at the Olympic figure skating gala to Long Time Running, the Tragically Hip song penned by late, beloved frontman Gord Downie
No more 'cheat sheets': Electronic logs for truckers mandatory by 2020
A major technological change is about hit the road for Canadian truck drivers. The federal government has announced it will require all commercial truck and bus drivers to install electronic logging devices in their vehicles by the year 2020.
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Politics »

New parental leave planned in budget aims to get women into workforce audio
Introducing a new incentive for fathers to take parental leave has largely been driven by the government's attempt to promote gender equality, including allowing women to return to work after having a baby, according to a cabinet minister who oversaw the consultations.
What should Morneau's budget do? We asked the experts — and the critics
Only a handful of people in the Ottawa bubble know for certain what's in the budget document Finance Minister Bill Morneau is releasing next week. But as always, there's no shortage of theories — and everyone has a wish list.
Ottawa moves to settle sexual misconduct class action lawsuits against Canadian Forces
After facing criticism over arguments its lawyers made in court, the federal government is moving to settle proposed class action lawsuits filed by members of the Canadian Armed Forces who allege rampant sexual misconduct, racism and gender discrimination within the military.
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Bollywood star Sridevi dead at 54
Sridevi, Bollywood's leading lady of the 1980s and 1990s, has died. She suffered cardiac arrest, a family member said.
Notting Hill, Vicar of Dibley actress Emma Chambers dead at 53
British actress Emma Chambers, known for her roles in The Vicar of Dibley television series and the romantic comedy Notting Hill, has died at 53.
Judge dismisses coal company suit against HBO's John Oliver
A West Virginia judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by coal company Murray Energy against HBO host John Oliver.
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Technology & Science »

How fossil footprints found on a Greek holiday could rewrite the history of humanity
In 2002, a Polish paleontologist found what he thinks are the oldest human-like footprints in the world. Thus began a vicious fight over a discovery that raises new questions about our evolution.
Spark Distracted by interruptions? Science offers tips for focusing
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Why A.I. companies are paying random strangers to take videos of themselves doing mundane tasks
Wired's Tom Simonite tells us about the bizarre odd jobs he's performed for A.I. startups, from lying facedown on the carpet to pretending to buy groceries.
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Money »

'The not so golden years' — a quarter of retired Canadians in debt, survey suggests
A "worry-free retirement" may be a thing of the past, according to a new Sun Life Financial survey, which finds that a quarter of retired Canadians are in debt in their golden years.
Backlash against NRA, gun industry spreads in wake of Florida shooting
The National Rifle Association and the firearms industry are facing a growing backlash in the wake of the deadly Florida high school shooting, with calls to boycott the big lobby group spreading from social media to businesses.
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Olympics in Pyeongchang wrap up with closing ceremony
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Canadian Olympian Dave Duncan, wife, Willy Raine fined for alleged car theft, DUI
Canadian ski cross competitor Dave Duncan and his wife Maja were each fined one million South Korean won ($1,176 Cdn), for their role in an alleged car theft and DUI Saturday in South Korea. Willy Raine, who was allegedly driving, was fined five million South Korean won ($5,880 Cdn).
OAR holds off Germany to win men's hockey gold in OT thriller
​The Olympic Athletes from Russia overcame a pesky German squad for a 4-3 overtime victory to win men's hockey gold.
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