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Promising breakthrough in battery technology

The 94-year-old creator of the lithium-ion battery has invented another breakthrough storage device that’s capturing the attention of industry heavyweights. “John Goodenough, inventor of the lithium battery, has developed the first

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Alphabet is Google’s new parent

Google announced a significant restructuring overnight, with a new holding company, Alphabet, to hold the search engine and other assets in the technology group. Google CEO Larry Page will become Alphabet’s CEO, with Sundar Pichai to take over as CEO

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Why Julian Assange thinks Google is evil

Since the last time we were together inside his prison lodgings at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, a few things have changed. Julian Assange has grown a beard, looks more pallid and pauses when I ask after his general health. His legal team are

Alistair Fairweather
All is not well in technology land

All is not well in technology land. The normally ebullient mood at the annual SxSW Interactive conference is darker this year, weighed down by concerns about the prying eyes of governments. A keynote address by WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange over the weekend captured this growing unease. Speaking to a

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Give Ballmer the credit he’s due

Investors cheered Steve Ballmer’s decision to step down as CEO of Microsoft. The share price leapt higher by more than 7% on the day of the announcement that he would leave within the next 12 months, once a successor had been identified. Most critics said that, at best

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SA losing to Kenya in tech race

South Africa appears to be losing its status as the preferred investment destination on the continent for international technology companies. That honour, increasingly, is going to Kenya, which may be on the cusp of a technology-fuelled era of economic growth. When apartheid ended in

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French have Google over a barrel

After years of threats and lawsuits, the French publishing industry has essentially blackmailed Google into paying for linking to its websites. Of course, Google isn’t spinning it that way. According to chairman Eric Schmidt, the €60m is for a “digital publishing innovation fund to help support

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Google: Kenya may be Africa’s tech leader

Kenyan capital Nairobi has emerged as a “serious tech hub” and may become Africa’s technology leader, Google chairman Eric Schmidt said this week. Schmidt visited Kenya’s iHub innovation hub last week during a whirlwind visit to Africa that also included stops in South Sudan, Chad, Nigeria and Rwanda

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Mining asteroids: going platinum

Can reality trump art? That was the question hovering over the launch on 24 April, at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, of a plan by a firm called Planetary Resources to mine metals from asteroids and bring them back to Earth. It sounds like the plot of a film by James Cameron — and, appropriately, Cameron is indeed one of the company’s backers. The team

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Schmidt waxes lyrical on tech future at Mobile World

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt channelled famed futurists like Ray Kurzweil and Michio Kaku in his keynote at the Mobile World Congress on Tuesday. What started as an overview of new features in Chrome for Android turned into a powerful discourse on the power of technology and what it means for the

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