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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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Attack on Sufi mosque in Egypt's Sinai leaves at least 235 dead video
Militants bomb a Sufi mosque and fire on worshippers in the volatile Sinai Peninsula during Friday prayers, Egyptian officials say, killing at least 235 people in what appears to be the latest attack by the area's affiliate of ISIS.
Updated False alarm sparks panic on London's Oxford Street
Panic erupted among Christmas shopping crowds on London's Oxford Street as armed officers raced to respond to reports of shots being fired in the area but police said later they had found no evidence of gunfire or casualties.
China says it will inspect kindergartens after chilling abuse report
Dozens of upset parents gather outside a kindergarten in Beijing run by a U.S.-listed company to demand answers, after reports emerged alleging some children had been molested, abused and left with what appeared to be needle marks on their bodies.
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Updated Basil Borutski guilty of murdering 3 women in shocking killing spree
Basil Borutski has been found guilty of murdering three of his former partners in a shocking one-day spree that's been called one of the worst cases of domestic violence in Canadian history.
Updated Tearful Justin Trudeau apologizes to N.L. residential school survivors video
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formally apologizes to former students of Newfoundland and Labrador residential schools, acknowledging words alone aren't enough to heal the wounds, and the apology is accepted by an emotional Toby Obed.
Mosque attack a reminder of threat to Canadian Sinai force
The Egyptian chapter of ISIS that likely carried out today's horrific attack in Bir al-Abd, Sinai, has also become a growing threat to a multinational force of peacekeepers that includes a contingent of 68 Canadian soldiers.
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Politics »

New Liberals show 'lack of respect' with invites to LGBTQ2 apology event, say NDP
The NDP says Justin Trudeau's government is showing a lack of respect to the very community it is trying to apologize to next week by treating some members of that community as an afterthought.
MPs to demand government put interests of citizens 1st after auditor's report audio
Two senior members of the Commons' powerful public accounts committee say they will start enforcing the auditor general's demand that government departments and agencies put taxpayers' interests first when delivering services.
Phoenix pay system issues making it impossible to track hiring of veterans in public service
Problems with the federal government’s Phoenix pay system are making it impossible for a program designed to facilitate the integration of veterans in the federal public service to collect hiring statistics.
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Health »

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'I'm glad it's going slowly — You don't deserve a bullet:' Uma Thurman slams Harvey Weinstein
Actress Uma Thurman has posted icy American Thanksgiving tidings for disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and his "wicked conspirators."
As It Happens How a Missouri orthodontist's nerdy T-shirt design got a new life on Stranger Things
Since 1982, Missouri orthodontist Wes Allai has been giving his new patients a T-shirt of his own design which reads: "Brace yourself for the future."
Trump supporters confuse LaVar Ball with LeVar Burton; tweet hate at Star Trek actor
Thanks to Donald Trump's feud with basketball dad LaVar Ball, some of the U.S. president's followers are attacking actor LeVar Burton on Twitter.
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Technology & Science »

NASA satellite imagery provides animation of 'breathing' Earth video
It's a view of Earth you've likely never seen: a living, breathing Earth.
Video Scientists uncover how trees talk and work together
Trees aren't as solitary and independent as you might believe. Scientists have discovered that the trees of the boreal forest communicate and work together to share resources, fight animal predators and even change the weather. CBC-TV's The Nature of Things takes a look at how they do that.
Chester the false killer whale has died, Vancouver Aquarium says
Chester the false killer whale, has died, according to the Vancouver Aquarium.
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Money »

New Starting with 'eastern bastards' remark, Notley wins over Calgary business crowd
Two years after struggling through a speech in front of an awkwardly silent business crowd, Rachel Notley stood before the Calgary Chamber again on Friday and opened with a joke.
MARKETPLACE How companies use personal data to charge different people different prices for the same product
You know how after browsing online, the ads you see are suddenly about whatever you were looking for? Now a Marketplace investigation reveals it's not just ads that your browsing history affects — it's also the prices you're offered.
Sobeys to lay off 800 workers across Canada video
The Sobeys grocery business will be cutting about 800 office jobs across Canada as part of efforts to create one efficient national organization out of five regional operations, the company announced Friday.
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Live Watch Grand Prix of Figure Skating: Skate America video
Watch coverage from Skate America, the final Grand Prix of Figure Skating event of the season where Canadians Meagan Duhamel, Eric Radford, Kirsten Moore-Towers, Michael Marinaro, Piper Gilles, Paul Poirier, Liam Firus and Kevin Reynolds will be competing.
Live Watch World Cup bobsleigh & skeleton from Whistler video
Watch live as Canada's best bobsleigh athletes are in action at the third World Cup stop of the season in Whistler. B.C.
Jane Channell captures silver at skeleton World Cup video
North Vancouver's Jane Channell reached the podium with a silver medal, and was joined in the top-10 by two fellow Canadians at the skeleton World Cup stop in Whistler, B.C., on Friday.
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