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South Africa uses new tech to fight vicious gun violence

South Africa is the first country outside the United States to implement the "shotspotter" audio technology, which is also being used to fight wildlife poaching on the other end of the country in Kruger National Park.

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Apple’s secretive self-driving car programme suffers first reported crash

The first rule in Apple's self-driving car program called “Project Titan” is you don't talk about Project Titan. But thanks to California regulations, if a company's autonomous vehicle gets in a crash on a public road in this state, the company must talk about it in a report to the DMV.

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China lures chip talent from Taiwan with fat salaries, perks

A huge pay rise, eight free trips home a year and a heavily subsidised apartment. It was a dream job offer that a Taiwanese engineer simply could not refuse.

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Apple to gain unconditional EU approval for Shazam buy: sources

Apple is set to win unconditional EU antitrust approval for its planned acquisition of British music discovery app Shazam, two people familiar with the matter said.

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Tech behemoths Facebook, Google planning big Chicago office expansions

Facebook and Google are mapping big expansions in Chicago, where real estate searches by two of the nation's other technology giants have been the centre of attention.

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EU opens competition probe into Apple’s bid for music app Shazam

EU antitrust regulators have opened an investigation into Apple's bid for British music discovery app Shazam, concerned the deal might give the iPhone maker an unfair advantage in poaching users from its rivals.

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Apple’s stumbling HomePod isn’t the hot seller the company wanted

When Apple Inc’s HomePod smart speaker went on sale in January, it entered a market pioneered and dominated by Amazon’s Echo lineup of Alexa-powered devices.

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How China's ride-hailing giant Didi plans to challenge Uber in Mexico

Working quietly from a shared office space in one of Mexico City's trendiest neighbourhoods, China's ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing is planning to hit its archrival Uber where it hurts.

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Google, Facebook come down on the side of elephants, rhinos, tigers

A week after the United States quietly lifted a ban on imports of sport-hunted elephants' ivory and lion parts from certain African countries, the World Wildlife Fund has announced that Google, Facebook and other major tech firms are joining an effort to halt the illegal trade of wildlife and wildlife parts.

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75,000 data protection officers will be needed globally in the near future

They may not have the cachet of entrepreneurs, or geek chic of developers, but data protection officers are suddenly the hottest properties in technology.