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Tech blog roundup

by Saleem Khan, CBC News Online

The future was a recurring theme on our blog this week, from Web 2.0 to software (including video games). Get a peek at the rest of the 21st century:

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May Day marked by demonstrations around the world
Trade unions and other groups are staging rallies around the world to mark International Workers Day.
Obama drops mic: Trudeau gets off easy in last White House roast video
Barack Obama didn't hold back during his final White House correspondents' dinner. Here are five of his best Washington-targeted zingers.
Updated Iraq protesters camped out in Baghdad's Green Zone begin withdrawal video
Protesters began withdrawing from Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone on Sunday, after organizers urged an end to the sit-in, a day after supporters of a Shia cleric stormed the compound's parliament building.
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Former Mayerthorpe mayor defends son accused of arson in CN fire
A former Mayerthorpe mayor, the father of a 19-year-old man facing 18 charges of arson in the Alberta town, says his family is grateful no one was hurt in the fires that tore through the community in the past week.
2-year-old reported missing is found safe in Premier Lake Provincial Park
A two-year-old boy missing since Saturday in B.C.'s Premier Lake Provincial Campground has been found safe and in good health.
New Long-form census forms return to mailboxes this week after 5-year absence video
Monday marks the start of mailings from Statistics Canada of census surveys, including the return of the mandatory, long-form questionnaire that was replaced with a voluntary survey five years ago.
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Politics »

Analysis Justin Trudeau's leadership measured by the pipeline question video
After meeting with Justin Trudeau last week, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said he had told him that the prime minister "was uniquely positioned to be a champion, for want of a better word, for pipelines in this country.”
Mike Duffy will face a battle if he wants back pay, senior Tory senators say video
The former Conservative government leader in the Senate says she has no regrets about voting to suspend Mike Duffy without pay at the height of the expenses scandal. And she sees no recourse for the P.E.I. senator to claim back pay.
Obama's last standup: Correspondents' dinner gives president final chance to zing Washington video
U.S. President Barack Obama got one more chance to poke fun at fellow politicians, the press and himself at the annual White House correspondents' dinner.
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Health »

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Arts & Entertainment»

New Emily VanCamp on love and war in latest Captain America film video
Canadian Emily VanCamp describes the way her major fight scene with co-star Scarlett Johansson went down in Captain America: Civil War and teases the developing love story with Cap.
Longtime chef: Prince fought throat, stomach pains recently
Prince began wanting meals that were easier to digest and was fighting off waves of sore throats and frequent upset stomachs, the musician's personal chef told The Associated Press.
New Sean Dalton, ex-Trews drummer, loving life in Antigonish
Sean Dalton's music career has taken him across the country and around the world, but he's ended up in small town Nova Scotia and life couldn't be better for the former drummer of The Trews.
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Technology & Science »

Audio High-speed video reveals secret behind peacock mating display audio
Biologists have known for some time that peacocks use their shimmery, iridescent feathers to woo partners (known as peahens) — but they now have a better idea of what the frenzied feather shaking looks like to potential mates.
'Open data': Why it's making waves across Canada
Open data has the potential to change the relationship between citizens and government, say advocates who are calling on governments to open vast troves of digital information to the public.
Franklin Expedition: Exploration of HMS Erebus wreck may reveal more than artifacts video
Parks Canada underwater archeologists planning their next steps in the exploration of the HMS Erebus wreck see potential for revealing more than just a treasure trove of mid-19th-century artifacts.
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Money »

Analysis Justin Trudeau's leadership measured by the pipeline question video
After meeting with Justin Trudeau last week, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said he had told him that the prime minister "was uniquely positioned to be a champion, for want of a better word, for pipelines in this country.”
Accessible clothing introduces diversity in fashion for people with disabilities
Clothing designed for people with disabilities can offer style without compromising comfort, but it is still a niche area in the fashion industry.
Video Revelstoke roller-coaster will send riders careening down ski hill video
A roller-coaster that takes people over a 279-metre drop down a mountain in the Selkirks is a few weeks away from opening at Revelstoke Mountain Resort.
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Consumer Life »

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Preview Raptors prepare for season-defining Game 7 video
Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan know that despite roaring to their best regular-season in franchise history — 56 wins and a first-ever No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference — the results of Sunday's Game 7 will ultimately define their season.
NHL playoffs: What you need to know for Sunday
Get up to speed on today's most important news from the Stanley Cup playoffs as the Western Conference semifinals continue with a pair of Game 2 matchups, and the fallout from Brooks Orpik's hit on Olli Maatta.
Toronto Raptors and Game 7s: By the numbers
For the second time in three years, the Raptors’ season will decided by a Game 7. Although the expectations are very different this season compared to when Toronto faced Brooklyn in 2014, the two series have followed a similar storyline.
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Diversions »

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