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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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California firefighters battle fast-spreading blaze near Los Angeles
A wildfire that destroyed 18 homes has surged back to unpredictable life, darkening the skies north of Los Angeles with black smoke and driving thousands from their homes.
CBC IN PHILADELPHIA Sanders voters feel vindicated by leaked emails showing 'rigged' system video
Democrats arrived in Philadelphia for their convention amid drama that Bernie Sanders supporters say adds fuel to their fire. Leaked emails that were hacked from the DNC prove party officials favoured Hillary Clinton, they say.
7 Russian swimmers banned from Rio Olympics
Swimming governing body FINA has ruled seven Russian swimmers ineligible to compete at the Olympics, including three it says were linked to recent allegations of a major doping coverup by Russian authorities.
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Updated Tories, NDP demand emergency meeting over Phoenix payroll mess video audio
The disastrous rollout of the Phoenix payroll system that has left 80,000 federal public servants in Canada with pay problems is prompting opposition parties to demand an emergency meeting to further study the beleaguered program.
Mike Duffy to see portion of salary clawed back from Senate in latest dispute
The Senate says it's going to start clawing back a portion of Mike Duffy's salary after the P.E.I. senator refused to repay almost $17,000 in disputed expense claims before Saturday's deadline.
NewLeaf's 1st flight departs Hamilton for Winnipeg
About 150 passengers boarded a Boeing 737-400 at John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport on Monday, headed for Winnipeg in the inaugural flight from the new low-cost air travel company — NewLeaf.
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Updated Tories, NDP demand emergency meeting over Phoenix payroll mess video audio
The disastrous rollout of the Phoenix payroll system that has left 80,000 federal public servants in Canada with pay problems is prompting opposition parties to demand an emergency meeting to further study the beleaguered program.
Updated Former Liberal minister Hunter Tootoo finishes addiction treatment
Former Liberal cabinet minister Hunter Tootoo has completed his treatment for alcohol addiction some two months after stepping back from federal politics.
Canadians feel men have easier time in politics, but women have the chops, poll suggests
Canadians feel that women have a harder time getting elected than men, a new poll suggests. But the survey also shows significant differences in views among men and women on why there aren't more female candidates running for office — and whether being a woman has been an asset or a liability in Hillary Clinton's presidential bid.
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Arts & Entertainment»

'Bring Kleenex': Tragically Hip fan reflects on first shows of summer tour
Saskatoon's Trent Weppler has been in the crowd for over 30 Tragically Hip performances. He reflects on the legendary band's first two stops on their summer Man Machine Poem tour.
Alberta Ballet trying to recover from financial misstep audio
Alberta Ballet is struggling to recover from a financial stumble that started three years ago with a cancelled Joni Mitchell ballet.
Video Marni Nixon, voice of classic movie songs, has died at 86
Hollywood voice double Marni Nixon, whose singing was heard in place of the leading actresses in such classic movie musicals as West Side Story, The King and I and My Fair Lady, has died. She was 86.
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Technology & Science »

New Zealand aims to wipe out predators by 2050
New Zealand has unveiled a plan kill off every last rat, possum and stoat in the country in order to save kiwis and other birds threatened by the egg-eating predators.
Music industry gets $66M in settlement with Canadian BitTorrent search site IsoHunt
A Canadian website that let users search for music, movies and other files shared using BitTorrent has agreed to pay the music industry $66 million to settle two outstanding copyright lawsuits after a decade of legal fights.
Nintendo shares fall as game company says Pokemon Go won't lure big profits
Shares in Nintendo plunged almost 20 per cent on Monday after the Tokyo-based video game company admitted it won't see much in terms of profit from the global Pokemon Go craze.
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Money »

Purple hair is OK: Starbucks relaxes dress code
Starbucks has relaxed its dress code. As of today, baristas in both Canada and the U.S. can dye their hair any colour and choose from a lot more clothing options, including funky socks.
Nintendo shares fall as game company says Pokemon Go won't lure big profits
Shares in Nintendo plunged almost 20 per cent on Monday after the Tokyo-based video game company admitted it won't see much in terms of profit from the global Pokemon Go craze.
Province to tax foreign buyers of Metro Vancouver homes
B.C. government to impose extra transfer tax to foreign nationals or foreign controlled corporations that buy residential properties in Metro Vancouver.
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7 Russian swimmers banned from Rio Olympics
Swimming governing body FINA has ruled seven Russian swimmers ineligible to compete at the Olympics, including three it says were linked to recent allegations of a major doping coverup by Russian authorities.
Canadian Olympian Adam van Koeverden 'frustrated and disappointed' by Russian doping
Russian athletes shouldn't be allowed to compete in the Rio games says Canadian Olympian Adam van Koeverden.
Canada heading to Rio Olympics minus storied men's 8 crew
The Canadian national rowing program stunned many observers by instead choosing to split the resources into two boats — a quadruple sculls and a four — with the aim of doubling both the medal haul and subsequent funding from Own the Podium.
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