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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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Kim Jong-un says U.S. president will 'pay dearly' for threats to North Korea video
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, in an extraordinary and direct rebuke, called U.S. President Donald Trump "deranged" and said he will "pay dearly" for his threats, a possible indication of more powerful weapons tests on the horizon.
Mexico earthquake: Rescuers race to free survivors from collapsed buildings video
Rescuers swarmed over rubble with shovels and picks on Thursday in a frantic search for survivors two days after the earthquake in Mexico, focusing on 10 collapsed buildings where people may still be alive. But an official said a missing schoolgirl whose fate captured the nation "did not exist," leading to an outpouring of anger over the mix-up.
Updated Hurricane Maria devastates Puerto Rico, kills at least 32 in Caribbean video
Deadly Hurricane Maria caused flooding in the Dominican Republic as it brushed past the country on Thursday after destroying buildings and knocking out power across the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and St. Croix.
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Privacy commissioner aims to start more investigations rather than wait for complaints
To make the most of its current powers, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner is shifting more resources into proactive investigations, rather than waiting for people to make complaints.
Use of force 'appears to be justified' in video of police shooting, former SIU director says
A shooting by a Toronto police officer to stop a brutal and prolonged stabbing attack last week appears to be justified, says a former director of Ontario’s police watchdog, based on his viewing of video of the incident that is making the rounds on social media.
Canada is 'work in progress,' Justin Trudeau tells UN General Assembly
Describing Canada as a "work in progress," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tells the UN about the country's failures and mistakes in its historical relationship with Indigenous people and his hope to right the wrongs of the past.
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Politics »

Canada sending bomb disposal experts to Iraq to train security forces
A handful of Canadian army combat engineers will soon be in Iraq to train local security forces in the finer points of detecting and defusing roadside bombs, the Liberal government announced Thursday.
Canada is 'work in progress,' Justin Trudeau tells UN General Assembly
Describing Canada as a "work in progress," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tells the UN about the country's failures and mistakes in its historical relationship with Indigenous people and his hope to right the wrongs of the past.
Missing and murdered inquiry commissioners to review police conduct and 'investigate the investigations' video
The chief commissioner of the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls says she has assembled a team of forensic investigators who are reviewing the activity of some Canadian police forces.
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Health »

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Arts & Entertainment»

Studio downplays concerns about long hours after Riverdale star's car crash
K.J. Apa, 20, who plays Archie on the CW show Riverdale, was involved in a car crash last Thursday after working a 14-hour day on set.
Black Mirror book tie-in taps Canadians Cory Doctorow and Sylvain Neuvel
Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker, who picked up two Emmy Awards for his mind-bending TV anthology series last weekend, has announced that Canadians Cory Doctorow and Sylvain Neuvel, along with British writer Claire North, will author the first volume of Black Mirror fiction, due out in February 2018.
Blade Runner 2049 to open Montreal's Festival du nouveau cinéma
Quebec director Denis Villeneuve's highly anticipated Blade Runner sequel will open Montreal's Festival du nouveau cinéma.
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Technology & Science »

Privacy commissioner aims to start more investigations rather than wait for complaints
To make the most of its current powers, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner is shifting more resources into proactive investigations, rather than waiting for people to make complaints.
Video Archeologist finds sunken German submarine from WWI video
The well-preserved wreck of a First World War German submarine, possibly still containing the remains of its 23 crew members, has been found off the Belgian coast.
Preventing oilsands bird deaths not a 'realistic goal,' says U of A biologist
Cannons, radar scanners and scarecrows will never be enough to completely prevent bird deaths in the oilsands, says a conservation expert charged with protecting waterfowl in open-pit mines.
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Money »

GM laying off 255 at St. Catharines plant due to strike at CAMI facility
Layoff notices have been handed out to 255 workers at the General Motors transmission-making factory in St. Catharines, Ont., as effects spread from a strike that started Sunday at the GM CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ont.
Amazon reviewing sales algorithm after suggestions in U.K. that bomb-making ingredients be bought together
Amazon says it is reviewing its website after a British news channel found that its product algorithm was suggesting customers buy products that when used together could build an explosive device.
U.S. stock market regulator urging corporate cybersecurity upgrades is hacked
The U.S. federal agency responsible for ensuring that markets function as they should and for protecting investors was hacked last year and the intruders may have used the nonpublic information they obtained to profit illegally.
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Consumer Life »

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Sports »

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Shanghai fans eat up Canucks-Kings pre-season China spectacle video
A golden dragon was held aloft on poles by skaters. Kobe Bryant appeared on video. NHL mascots gave the crowd a primer on what this odd game is all about. NHL preseason hockey made its debut in China — a 5-2 victory by the Los Angeles Kings over the Vancouver Canucks.
Video Hip Check: China oohs and ahhs over NHL hockey video
It's probably the first time a dragon has ever been used in an NHL pre-game ceremony
France threatens to skip Olympics over North Korea-U.S. tensions
France's Winter Olympics team will not travel to the 2018 Games in South Korea if its security cannot be guaranteed, French Sports Minister Laura Flessel said on Thursday, raising the first major doubts by a participating country over the event.
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Diversions »

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