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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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'Tickled plum to death': These Trump voters love Obamacare and are glad it's survived
Among those cheering loudest when the Republican plan to remake the U.S. health-care system collapsed last week were some of Donald Trump's strongest supporters. And they'd vote for Trump again.
U.K. files for EU divorce, triggering 2 years to Brexit video
Britain has formally triggered the process of leaving the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May says, ending the country's 44-year relationship with the bloc.
Fear on the farm: In Vermont, migrant dairy workers and their bosses worry about Trump
Vermont's dairy industry depends on migrant labour to keep the milk flowing. Now, fears of a crackdown by the Trump administration on illegal immigrants has many farm workers living in fear, and farmers are worried they could lose a major part of their workforce.
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GO PUBLIC 'I feel duped': Why bank employees with impressive but misleading titles could cost you big time
Mike Black says he feels "completely betrayed" after investing almost $1 million with the help of an RBC Dominion Securities “vice-president” who he later learned is only licensed as a salesperson.
Testimony concludes in Machiskinic inquest, but many questions remain
The lawyer representing the family of Nadine Machiskinic said the coroner's inquest established at least a couple key facts. The 29-year-old mother of four fell 10 storeys down a hotel laundry chute to her death. And then she fell through the cracks.
Kenn Borek Air crews honoured with Smithsonian award for perilous South Pole rescue mission
A 10-hour mission from Calgary to the South Pole to rescue two sick workers has Calgary-based air crews receiving a Smithsonian award in Washington Wednesday night.
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Politics »

Kellie Leitch didn't know anti-Islamic group was part of Brampton event, campaign manager says
Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch would not have attended an activist meeting in Brampton, Ont., this week if she had known a group of anti-Islamic protesters were part of the event, her campaign manager says.
Top general says no systemic problems at Royal Military College after report on suicide, sexual misconduct
Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance said there are no systemic problems at Royal Military College of Canada as the military released a report today on suspected suicides and sexual misconduct at the college in Kingston, Ont.
Senator Murray Sinclair responds to Lynn Beyak's defence of residential schools video
Senator Murray Sinclair says preserving the record of the wrongdoing committed under the Indian residential school system is the best way to fight back against those who deny its negative impact on Indigenous people.
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Health »

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No cellphones backstage for accountants after Oscars best picture flub
After their involvement in the biggest mistake in Oscar history, PwC accountants won't be allowed to have their cellphones backstage during future telecasts.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer cast reunites for 20th birthday
Buffy Summers and her old pals from Sunnydale High are reuniting to celebrate the 20th birthday of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
'It was a shock': Residential school survivor sees her painting more than 50 years later
Residential school survivor Gina Laing was recently reunited with a painting she created more than 50 years ago in an extracurricular residential school art class. Staff at the University of Victoria tracked down former students after a collection of art was donated by the family of art teacher Robert Aller.
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Technology & Science »

Samsung tries to win back customers with Galaxy S8 smartphone
​​Samsung Electronics unveiled its Galaxy S8 smartphone Wednesday as it battles to regain the market leadership it lost to Apple after the embarrassing withdrawal of the fire-prone Note 7s.
New Alberta grey jay web cam may be a first, thrilling online fans audio
A recently installed web cam in central Alberta may be the first to capture the breeding behaviour of Canada’s unofficial national bird, the grey jay, and online fans around the world are tuning in.
Opinion The argument for robot 'personhood'
It’s less about the damage we might do to robots, but the damage we might do with them — and where responsibility lies when things go wrong
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Money »

Cenovus Energy buying most of ConocoPhillips' Canadian assets for $17.7B
Calgary-based Cenovus Energy says it will spend $17.7 billion to acquire most of the Canadian assets of ConocoPhillips, making the Houston-based company the latest international player to exit the oilsands.
Lululemon shares drop after weak outlook
Shares of Lululemon Athletica Inc. fell sharply in after-hours trading Wednesday after the athletic-inspired sportswear company delivered a weak outlook for the current quarter.
Etihad Airways responds to laptop ban with free iPad and Wi-Fi for 1st class
One Middle Eastern airline targeted by new U.S. rules banning computers on certain flights has responded by offering first and business class passengers complimentary use of a tablet computer with internet access while on board.
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Defending pairs champions Duhamel, Radford struggle at worlds video
Canada's Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford are a surprising seventh after struggling in their pairs short program at the world figure skating championships in Helsinki.
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Meagan Duhamel: Sometimes you can't put a finger on what's wrong
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