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US, China Vie for Africa Mobile Phone Sector

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May,2022
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Africa, in recent years, has become the new frontier where China and the United States, the world’s two biggest economic superpowers, are competing for influence in a key industry: telecommunications. This week, Ethiopia celebrated the launch of a 5G network…

The Next New Thing: Companies Are Building the ‘Metaverse’ but What Is It?

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May,2022
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The “metaverse” has been touted as the next digital shift, 3-dimensional online spaces where people will shop, work, play games, and go to concerts. VOA’s Michelle Quinn is looking at what the Metaverse is or might be. VOA footage and…

Musk Says $44-billion Twitter Deal Temporarily On Hold

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May,2022
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Elon Musk said on Friday his $44-billion deal for Twitter Inc was temporarily on hold, citing pending details on spam and fake accounts. “Twitter deal temporarily on hold pending details supporting calculation that spam/fake accounts do indeed represent less than…

Bill Gates Says He Has COVID-19, Experiencing Mild Symptoms 

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May,2022
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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said Tuesday he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms.  Via Twitter, the billionaire philanthropist said he will isolate until he is again healthy.  “I’m fortunate to be vaccinated and boosted and have…

Elon Musk Says He’d Reinstate Trump’s Twitter Account

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May,2022
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Elon Musk on Tuesday said he would reinstate former President Donald Trump’s Twitter account.  The Tesla CEO who’s vying to buy Twitter and take it private for a reported price tag of $44 billion made the comment at the Financial…

Biden Starts Program to Provide Discounted Internet Service in US

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May,2022
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The Biden administration announced on Monday that 20 internet companies have agreed to provide discounted service to people with low incomes, a program that could effectively make tens of millions of households across the U.S. eligible for free service through…

Musk Gets $7B Backing for Twitter Bid From Tech Heavyweights

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May,2022
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Billionaire Elon Musk has strengthened the equity stake of his offer to buy Twitter with commitments of more than $7 billion from a range of investors, including Silicon Valley heavy hitters like Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison. Other investors include Sequoia…

Automakers, Appliance Manufacturers Struggle to Find Computer Chips Amid Shortage

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May,2022
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Cars stuck on the assembly line. Delays in the delivery of dishwashers, refrigerators and game consoles. Consumers and businesses are feeling the pinch of the semiconductor shortage. The war in Ukraine could make the situation worse. Michelle Quinn reports. …

Technology Helps Find One of the World’s Most Sought-After Shipwrecks 

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May,2022
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Satellite imagery and underwater robotics are among the technologies that played a crucial role in the recent discovery of the Endurance, renowned explorer Ernest Shackleton’s ship that sank in frozen Antarctic waters in 1915. VOA’s Julie Taboh has more. …

US Company Produces Drones for Ukrainian Armed Forces

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May,2022
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BRINC, a company based in Seattle, Washington, is producing special drones to assist Ukraine’s armed forces. The drones are used in search and rescue missions and can provide eyes in places where it’s too dangerous to send people. Khrystyna Shevchenko has the…

Google Adds Ways to Keep Personal Info Private in Searches

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Apr,2022
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Google has expanded options for keeping personal information private from online searches. The company said Friday it will let people request that more types of content such as personal contact information like phone numbers, email and physical addresses be removed…

New Kenyan Fish Marketing App Aims to Reduce Sexual Exploitation of Women Fishmongers

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Apr,2022
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An application developed in Kenya to improve the marketing of fish caught in Lake Victoria is helping women fishmongers fend off sex-for-fish exploitation by fishermen. The Aquarech app allows traders to buy fish without having to negotiate with fishermen –…

Elon Musk Quest to Scrap Deal Over 2018 Tweets is Rejected

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Apr,2022
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Elon Musk’s request to scrap a settlement with securities regulators over 2018 tweets claiming he had the funding to take Tesla private was denied by a federal judge in New York. Judge Lewis Liman on Wednesday also denied a motion…

Google Investment to Help Solve Africa’s Tech Problems

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Apr,2022
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California-based Google wants to get a bigger share of Africa’s growing online population, which is expected to top 800 million by 2030.    The internet search giant announced this month it is setting up its first product development center on…

US Laboratory Innovating Electronic Vehicle Technology 

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Apr,2022
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Many of the technological advances in lithium ion batteries that now power many electric vehicles began in a laboratory just outside Chicago’s city limits decades ago.  VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports on new innovations at Argonne National Laboratory preparing for the…

Robotics Company Makes Sensor-Packed Filmmaking Equipment  

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Apr,2022
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More Free Speech or More Misinformation? Reactions Mixed to Twitter Sale 

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Apr,2022
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s $44 billion deal to buy Twitter Monday met mixed reactions as observers speculated how digital speech on the service might change under his leadership.  Musk, a prolific Twitter user who has criticized Twitter’s management in tweets,…

 Twitter CEO Says Company Direction Uncertain After Musk Deal 

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Apr,2022
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Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal told employees Monday that he is uncertain of the direction the company will go after Tesla CEO Elon Musk takes over.     Musk reached an agreement Monday to buy Twitter for $44 billion, promising to make…

Elon Musk Reaches Agreement to Buy Twitter

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Apr,2022
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk reached an agreement Monday to buy Twitter for $44 billion cash.  The sale will transform the social media giant from a publicly traded company to a privately held one, owned solely by Musk, the world’s richest…

Elon Musk Appears to Have Secured Financing for Twitter Tender Offer

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Apr,2022
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According to papers filed with U.S. securities regulators, billionaire Elon Musk appears ready to continue his bid to take over Twitter, this time via a tender offer that would bypass the company’s board and offer to buy stock directly from…