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Chinese-style 'digital authoritarianism' grows globally — study
Chinese-style 'digital authoritarianism' grows globally — study
Governments worldwide are stepping up the use of online tools, in many cases inspired by China's model, to suppress dissent and tighten their grip...
UK ratchets up pressure on US tech giants with new tax
UK ratchets up pressure on US tech giants with new tax
Britain could become the first major world economy to impose a specific tax on tech giants, as international negotiations to overhaul analogue-era...
Apple Watch supplier under fire over China student labour
Apple Watch supplier under fire over China student labour
Apple is investigating a factory in southwest China after a labour rights group said the tech giant's supplier forced student workers to work "like...
Huawei pulls out all the stops
Huawei pulls out all the stops
Huawei launched the much-hyped Mate 20 Pro in South Africa this week, a week after the global launch in London.
Apple wants US privacy law
Apple wants US privacy law
Apple chief executive Tim Cook said on Wednesday that the United States needed a federal privacy law because companies were using personal...
Italy fines Apple and Samsung
Italy fines Apple and Samsung
Italy’s competition authority has fined Apple and Samsung €10-million and €5-million respectively for the so-called “planned obsolescence” of their smartphones....
Social media in the spotlight in Brazil presidential race
Social media in the spotlight in Brazil presidential race
Brazil, like other countries, is facing a very electronic election. WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter are the weapons of choice to sway the country's...
Rise, fall and suspense: Bitcoin's wild first decade
Rise, fall and suspense: Bitcoin's wild first decade
From its birth in an anonymous, academic style paper to one of the world's most volatile and closely watched financial instruments, bitcoin has...
Eish, robot: The road to mecha
Eish, robot: The road to mecha
Not all of the side hustles of the average tech billionaire are batshit crazy. They are as varied as they are ambitious, and some are even...
Microsoft co-founder, investor, philanthropist Paul Allen dead at 65
Microsoft co-founder, investor, philanthropist Paul Allen dead at 65
Paul Allen, who founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in the 1970s and later went on to become an investor, philanthropist and sports team owner, died...
Millennials’ wants will change work
Millennials’ wants will change work
In a small town called Lysaker, on the outskirts of Oslo, lies Cisco’s research and development (R&D) facility, which houses more than 350...
‘Lights, camera, action’ is soooo yesterday
‘Lights, camera, action’ is soooo yesterday
Facebook this week launched a range of video-calling devices powered by artificial intelligence (AI), a strategic revolution for the social network...
Space beanstalk set to doom Earth
Space beanstalk set to doom Earth
The story of the space elevator is one you already know. Here is the executive summary: Jack, beanstalk, castle, giant, oh look a magic goose that...
Women scientists still 'undervalued' despite twin Nobel wins
Women scientists still 'undervalued' despite twin Nobel wins
With two Nobel prize winners in as many days, women scientists have welcomed the research community "waking up" to the feats of their female peers,...

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