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Welcome to the new BlogsCanada.ca

Hello Canada. My name is Ben and Allan has kindly passed me the reins of BlogsCanada.ca – I have big plans for the website so please stay tuned.  I’m still getting used to the back-end of the website so please bear with me for the next few weeks as I slowly figure everything out.  Over […]

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Goodbye!

Dear Readers……., and friends! It has been an interesting time, as well as a time that saw major changes in my personal and working life, but now it is time to let others take on the responsibility of populating these pages with interesting and informative news and gossip. Ben Clarke is the new owner of […]

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Saturday Morning Confusion # 477

Dear Readers: There is a lot of confusion about whether Monty Python is really funny …………., or not! What I mean is that some sketches like “The dead Parrot” are among the funniest things I have ever seen, and some other stuff is just plain stupid. BUT. I have to admit that when they ARE funny, […]

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Ontario Place!

Dear Readers: Hey kids, I ran across this article today and since Ontario Place opened when I was still quite young, (teens) and these photo’s and video’s brought back a whole bunch of memories! Any kid who spent time in Toronto during the 1970s, 80s and 90s surely fostered blissful, orange-soaked memories at Children’s Village […]

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This n’ That!

Dear Readers: The Washington Post hit the nail right on the head (Or did they just kick the cat?) when they published this article today! By Michelle Singletary How much is your cat’s life worth? Or your dog’s? Would you take out a credit card specifically to pay for veterinarian care for your cat? Would […]

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Earth Day 2015!

2015 is shaping up to be a monumental year for the international climate movement, and Earth Day Canada wants to show the world that Canadians are supportive of meaningful climate action. As such, Earth Day Canada is creating a 2015 Earth Flag on which we will collect signatures from people across the country who are […]

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Any Yoda of yours is a Yoda of mine!

Dear Readers: Aficionado’s of online medieval manuscripts—whoever you are—may be intrigued to know about a 14th-century image of  Yoda, wide-spread ears and all, NPR reports. (That’s right kids, Yoda lived for over 900 years, so this was a drawing of him when he was middle-aged!) But is it really him? “I’d love to say that it really […]

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What a bird brain!

Firefighters desperately trying to locate voices crying “Help” and “Fire” trapped in an inferno found the desperate pleas came from two parrots. Crews in Boise, Idaho were called to the blaze on Friday night. After arriving on the scene they heard cries of “Help” and “Fire” from inside leading them to believe several people were […]

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Sunday Morning Funnies #7766

The woman’s husband had been slipping in and out of a coma for several months, yet she had stayed by his bedside every single day.  One day, when he came to, he motioned for her to come nearer.  As she sat by him, he whispered, eyes full of tears, “You know what? You have been […]

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Saturday Morning Confusion #3966

Dear Readers: Lots of things confusing me today bunky, including a bit of confusion about how ya can get a free meal just for being old! There are many perks of growing old — seeing your kids have kids, wearing shirts that say “World’s Best Grandma,” calling rowdy youngsters “whippersnappers” and more — and getting discounts […]

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Having kids is hereditary!

Dear Readers: Today we have a couple of stories from opposite ends of the spectrum that show just how crazy things are getting in this world! The Meitiv family, who is once again battling CPS in Maryland over allowing their children to go to the playground unsupervised. (Photo: Facebook) The Maryland parents investigated by Child […]

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Wag the Dog!

Dear Readers: You usually forgiving reporter is slowly getting fed-up with individuals and special interest groups who hold society to ransom with whatever stupid bullshit they go on about! The latest case is about a certain Alain Simoneau of Saguenay Quebec who went to a local council meeting seven years ago and decided he didn’t like them saying […]

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Some Type of Necrophilia?

Dear Readers: Your ever faithful servant and reporter tries to keep up with all the latest news so that we can supply you with the latest poop on what’s going on in your world ………., and this one takes the cake! “Hey, wanna go see the body?” may seem like an odd thing to hear at […]

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The French are at it again!

Dear Readers: Your long suffering reporter fervently believes in that old axiom, “The French are the best second raters in the world” and this article does nothing to dispel that belief! A Montreal man is criticizing Quebec language laws after a clerk at a local Toys “R” Us told him he was wasn’t allowed to purchase […]

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Eat cheese, get laid!

O.K. folks, read the following article, and then remember ……., ya heard it here first! A survey by dating social network site Skout, cheese heads get more action. Skout surveyed a total of 4,600 people. Grilled cheese yields more sex, better people! Thirty-two percent of grilled cheese lovers reported having sex at least six times […]

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Sex?

The Ontario government tried to introduce a new sex education course to public school kids a few month ago and it included such things as discussions about masturbation, trans-gender issues, same sex couples and much more. Now I’m bringing this up for a couple of reasons kids. First of all, we’re not sure if some […]

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Sunday Morning Funnies # 32

A man turns to his wife in bed and whispers “Did you know it’s National Orgasm Day?” “Oh, what a pity,” she smiled, “Right in the middle of National Headache Week !!” ———————————— SENIOR TRYING TO SET PASSWORD WINDOWS: Please enter your new password: USER: cabbage WINDOWS: Sorry, the password must be more than 8 […]

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Saturday Morning Confusion # 49

Seems I don’t know who to believe anymore kids! The CBC is on a campaign to flog what they call the missing and/or murdered native women across Canada and it makes the news every night. You would think there is a vat network of guys like Robert Pickton who are abducting and killing girls left right […]

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AN AIRLINE PILOT SPEAKS HIS MIND!

  No name calling, no hatred, no political agenda. CANADIAN COMMENT  APPEARS AT THE END OF THE ARTICLE AND IS MEANINGFUL. THERE IS ALSO SOME RECENTLY ADDED BRITISH COMMENT.   This pilot hit the nail right on the head in his open letter.   A newspaper stated that some Muslim doctor is saying we are profiling […]

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Kitten a la carte!

Well boys and girls, here is a woman who would make Alf the Alien proud! Serial husband killer and North Carolina death row inmate, Blanche Taylor Moore, requested this weekend that her last meal be a kitten — a live kitten The prison administration is required to accept all last meal demands of any kind. Thus, they will obtain […]


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Lizard Squad takes revenge on UK police with DDoS attack

Posted  September 1, 2015  by  Anonymous

Lizard Squad has claimed responsibility for a temporary takedown of the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) website, almost certainly in response to a series of arrests targeting customers of the hacker collective’s DDoS-for-hire service. Last week, t…

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August 31st Canoodle

Posted  September 1, 2015  by  Jennifer A. Jilks

What a lovely time of year!

Loons Aug. 2013

I went about 4 km, kept up a paddling speed of about 5km/hr into the wind for a good long way. I haven’t been in the canoe for a few weeks, but using my gardening tools, and hauling wood, keeps my arms in…

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Samsung’s creating its own curated news app for Galaxy devices

Posted  September 1, 2015  by  Anonymous

Apple isn’t the only one developing an exclusive news service for its mobile customers. Samsung has announced a partnership with Axel Springer, a publisher of European newspapers including Die Welt, Bild and Fakt, to develop a news platform called…

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Recession Nightmare and the Return of Pamela Wallin

Posted  September 1, 2015  by  Simon

The timing couldn’t be worse. Just when Stephen Harper thought he had escaped the stench of the Duffy scandal, and could now focus all his efforts on posing as a Great Economist Leader.The economy is turning into a living nightmare.He’s having to twist himself into a knot, or a Tim Hortons’ kruller, to avoid using the word “recession.” Read more »

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Stephen Harper’s Recession Nightmare and the Return of Pamela Wallin

Posted  September 1, 2015  by  Simon

The timing couldn’t be worse. Just when Stephen Harper thought he had escaped the stench of the Duffy scandal, and could now focus all his efforts on posing as a Great Economist Leader.

The economy is turning into a living nightmare.


He’s having to twist himself into a knot, or a Tim Hortons’ kruller, to avoid using the word “recession.” 
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PayPal makes it even easier to call in your debts

Posted  September 1, 2015  by  Matt Brian

While PayPal has made its name (and serious money) helping people pay for their online and in-store purchases, sending cash to friends or family takes a little bit longer than it needs to. That’s why the company created the Venmo app, but that’s on…

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A. Picazo: Move Along, #Harperman – We’ll Take It From Here

Posted  September 1, 2015  by  Anonymous

What began as a discussion* (and mocking) of the sideshow of the day song of a generation turned into a great exchange about political/protest tunes. I’ve collected some of the best recommendations, and in addition to my own suggestions, have linked to the better ones found throughout the night. Feel free to post the songs I’ve missed, but which you’re … Continue reading →

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Apple reportedly bid for Clarkson and ‘Top Gear’ co-stars

Posted  September 1, 2015  by  Anonymous

It was quite a surprise when Amazon announced it had snapped up the Top Gear trio for a new show on Prime Instant Video. Many thought Netflix or Sky would win out, but now it’s emerged that another unlikely player was bidding for Clarkson and frien…

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: New Englanders know you’re bullshitting ‘em, Paul #nlpoli

Posted  September 1, 2015  by  Anonymous

The New England governors and eastern Canadian premiers were in town on Monday for a quick meeting.

The only thing that seemed to make local news was talk about electricity sales.  This is old hat for regular readers, but it is worth going over again.

New England wants to buy electricity.  They can get lots of it very cheaply thanks to shale gas lately.  How cheaply, you may wonder?  Well, in August it was running around four to five cents a kilowatt hour wholesale, not including transportation.

To put that in Muskrat Falls perspective,  it is less than half the cost of making electricity according to the estimate five years ago.  Where the price is these days is anybody’s guess.

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Latest look at ‘Halo 5′ is entirely devoid of Master Chief

Posted  September 1, 2015  by  Timothy J. Seppala

If you were hoping to see more of Spartan 117 ahead of Halo 5: Guardians release this October, today isn’t your day. Sure, there’s a new trailer embedded below, but it isn’t gameplay. Nor does it tell us much about what’s going on with the game’s s…

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Conor’s Superstore Seizure

Posted  September 1, 2015  by  H L Doherty

Yesterday Conor, his mother and I went to the Superstore on Main Street in Fredericton. As we moved to the express cash to pay for our purchases Conor began convulsing and a full scale tonic clonic or grand mal seizure was underway.  I was able to…

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Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Conor’s Superstore Seizure

Posted  September 1, 2015  by  H L Doherty

Yesterday Conor, his mother and I went to the Superstore on Main Street in Fredericton. As we moved to the express cash to pay for our purchases Conor began convulsing and a full scale tonic clonic or grand mal seizure was underway.  I was able to hold him carefully as he fell to the floor to prevent head injury, on his side so he would not choke.  A shopper, who happened as it tourned out to be a paramedic, came by and provided assistance, including timing the convusions which lasted approximately 3 minutes. (The paramedic timed the convulsions) and provided (Read more…)

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Government Keeps Climate Cards Close to its Chest

Posted  September 1, 2015  by  Anonymous

It’s been four months since Amber Rudd was made head of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and there are just three months before the Paris climate conference. So, what do we know about the UK’s contribution to international climate change negotiations? Turns out, not much.

According to the (very limited) information released to DeSmog UK by DECC under a Freedom of Information request, Rudd has met with international counterparts five times since May 2015, in Berlin, Luxembourg and Beijing, to discuss the COP21 climate targets.

And, well, that’s about it. The department acknowledged that they hold briefing materials that were provided to the Secretary of State ahead of these meetings but have withheld all of these.

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You can now spend up to £30 on contactless cards

Posted  September 1, 2015  by  Anonymous

More than ever before, the UK is embracing cashless payment methods such as debit and credit cards, phones and online banking. Some of that boom can be attributed to contactless payments, a technology that lets you pay with a card, fob, smartpho…

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Another Silk Road spy pleaded guilty to laundering bitcoins

Posted  September 1, 2015  by  Timothy J. Seppala

$820,000. That’s how much former Secret Service agent Shaun Bridges pilfered in bitcoin during his time investigating the online black market, Silk Road. Bridges pleaded guilty to money laundering and obstruction of justice recently and the Departm…

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Alberta Politics: Conservatives have to tie themselves in knots to sustain their narrative about Alberta’s fiscal situation

Posted  September 1, 2015  by  David Climenhaga

PHOTOS: Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci, dressed in a sombre blue suit, delivers the fiscal report to predictable reactions from the opposition. Below: Wildrose finance critic and chief sloganeer Derek Fildebrandt as he appeared yesterday. Given the history of this province and its current goings on, our various stripes of conservative really had to tie […]

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Windstorm shakes the foundation of BC Hydro’s weather prediction system

Posted  September 1, 2015  by  Vancouver Sun - News

The surprise windstorm that bashed the most densely populated areas of British Columbia on Saturday and created the largest single outage in BC Hydro’s history was largely unforeseen until it was almost upon Metro Vancouver.

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Moved

Posted  September 1, 2015  by  Lyn Brown

I’ll remember the summer of 2015 as the summer that never was; and the summer in which everything changed. We’re moved. Sounds so simple and easy to write, but the truth be told, in the past three months I was tested to my limit, and survived by lookin…

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State Dept. releases more Hillary Clinton emails, around 150 classified

Posted  August 31, 2015  by  Richard Lawler

As the saga over Hillary Clinton’s emails from her time as Secretary of State continues, the State Department tonight released the largest bundle of recovered messages yet. Amounting to some 7,000 pages, officials told Reuters they include some 150…

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Google’s custom self-driving car comes to Austin

Posted  August 31, 2015  by  Jon Fingas

Google’s cute, koala-faced self-driving car is no longer limited to roaming around Californian streets. The company is bringing “a few” of the prototype autonomous vehicles to Austin, Texas within the next few weeks. They’ll stick to the same north…

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Kelowna man boasts world’s largest cucumber

Posted  August 31, 2015  by  Vancouver Sun - News

Daniel Tomelin has some exciting news — and he hopes you can read it without giggling. He may have the longest cucumber in the world.

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Old Atari games had graphics glitches because of CPU bottlenecks

Posted  August 31, 2015  by  Timothy J. Seppala

Now that we know how the graphics worked on the Nintendo Entertainment System and Commodore 64, The iBookGuy wants to tell us all about how the Apple II and Atari 2600 got their groove on. In the latest video he says that the Apple II actually u…

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Roughriders fire head coach Chamblin and GM Taman

Posted  August 31, 2015  by  Vancouver Sun - News

Saskatchewan Roughriders’ head coach Corey Chamblin and general manager Brendan Taman have been fired, according to a team press release.

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There goes the neighborhood: ‘Black Ops 3′ brings back Nuk3town

Posted  August 31, 2015  by  Anonymous

Activision announced on Monday that Nuk3town, the single most popular map in the Call of Duty franchise’s entire history, will be available on CoD: Black Ops 3. Anybody that pre-orders BO3 for the PS4, XBone or PC will receive a download code that…

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The Decarie Report: August 31: “The Canadians are coming. The Canadians are coming.”

Posted  August 31, 2015  by  Graeme Decarie

And so governor Scott of Wisconsin is galloping through the night streets of the U.S., sounding the alarm. The Irving press did notice the story that governor Scott  has  warned of the need for a wall between Canada and the U.S. to protect the U.S. from —whatever. Good for the Irving press. This would all be very funny if some U.S. leaders and a great many U.S. citizens weren’t buying it. But they are buying it. It began with Trump’s stunning rise in the polls after he proposed building a wall between the U. (Read more…)

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wRanter.com: Israel shouldn’t be a political football or litmus test

Posted  August 31, 2015  by  Anonymous

Despite public and private appeals to call off the event, the Jewish Defence League (JDL) went ahead with its unfortunate decision to picket a Liberal fundraiser at the Toronto home of pharmaceutical magnate and Jewish philanthropist Barry Sherman. Before the Aug. 26 protest, Sherman was viciously attacked on social media, with trolls questioning his motives […]

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Sale of buried Atari cartridges nets over $107,000

Posted  August 31, 2015  by  Anonymous

The never-ending saga of the Atari 2600 E.T. cartridges that were famously buried (and later unearthed) in Alamogordo, New Mexico continues to benefit the small town. Last November, a selection of games (including E.T., Asteroids and Missile Com…

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Why Is Jason Kenney Posing As a Finance Minister?

Posted  August 31, 2015  by  Simon

I had been wondering where Jason Kenney had been hiding. But suddenly there he was on TV.

Having apparently traded in his job as Defence Minister, to pose as a Finance Minister.

With a new and flexible definition of the word recession.
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Ian Mulgrew: Ivan Henry’s lawyer lambastes Crown’s case

Posted  August 31, 2015  by  Vancouver Sun - News

The Vancouver Police Department and prosecutors used unethical, oppressive techniques and “pathetic” evidence to railroad Ivan Henry, his lawyers say.

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August weather

Posted  August 31, 2015  by  Jennifer A. Jilks

August came in like a lion and continues to roar! With about
half this amount of rain in July, we were good here in SE Ontario.

June had 156 mm.

Aug. 29 
Massive winds in dry Vancouver. They lost lots of trees as well as power. Authorities clos…

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Montreal Simon: Why Is Jason Kenney Posing As a Finance Minister?

Posted  August 31, 2015  by  Simon

I had been wondering where Jason Kenney had been hiding. But suddenly there he was on TV.Having apparently traded in his job as Defence Minister, to pose as a Finance Minister.With a new and flexible definition of the word recession.Read more »

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What’s on your HDTV: ‘Mad Max’, college football, ‘Mr. Robot’ finale

Posted  August 31, 2015  by  Richard Lawler

After delaying its finale a week, Mr. Robot wraps up its run this week on USA. Of course, you’ll probably want to check out Max Max: Fury Road on Blu-ray first, or the accompanying videogame on several systems. This weekend college football is also…

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Rural residents in Langley, Surrey hunker down, wait for power restoration

Posted  August 31, 2015  by  Vancouver Sun - News

The clump of big cottonwood trees came from Washington state, flew across the international border, and came to rest in a thunderous crash at the entrance to the Breaks family farm property on Zero Avenue in Surrey.

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GoPro wants you to make short videos on your action camera

Posted  August 31, 2015  by  Jon Fingas

So you want to put your latest action camera footage on Instagram or Vine, but you’d rather not transfer the entire video to your computer or phone just to produce a seconds-long highlight. What to do? As of today, GoPro has an easy answer. It’s…

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Daphne Bramham: Panicking in the face of some wind and rain

Posted  August 31, 2015  by  Vancouver Sun - News

We are a first-world people of the first order for whom inconvenience becomes crisis. We are so unaccustomed to bumps in the road that a single one on Lions Gate Bridge nearly paralyzed the region for days. So with the wind howling and swirling, trees and branches falling, the emergency line was swamped. It wasn’t so much with people in dire need, but people who wanted advice about small stuff.

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Vancouver housing affordability continues to deteriorate

Posted  August 31, 2015  by  Vancouver Sun - News

Just when it seemed that housing in Vancouver couldn’t become less affordable, prices have put the purchase of a home even more out of reach. RBC’s latest housing trends and affordability report for the second quarter of 2015 showed a continuing deterioration in market conditions for people wanting to buy.

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Barbara Yaffe: B.C.’s housing affordability unlikely to ease

Posted  August 31, 2015  by  Vancouver Sun - News

For those wondering whether Vancouver’s crazy housing market conditions will ever ease, the answer is yes, probably next year. According to new property prognostications issued by the Royal Bank of Canada, sales volumes in B.C. are poised to decline in 2016 by nearly five per cent.

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Canadians Raonic, Bouchard advance to second round at US Open

Posted  August 31, 2015  by  Vancouver Sun - News

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Canadians Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard advanced to the second round of the U.S. Open on with wins over American opponents Monday.

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Apple is reportedly planning to make its own original video content

Posted  August 31, 2015  by  Anonymous

Rumors suggest that Apple is finally ready to introduce new Apple TV hardware next week, but that’s not the only part of its new video strategy. According to Variety, Apple is preparing to launch its own original video programming in an effort to c…

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