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Bill Gates: Chickens, Not Computers, Can Solve Poverty

Want to end extreme poverty? Technology hyper-billionaire Bill Gates says the answer is chickens. And that's not the name of new Microsoft software.

Gates, the founder of the world's largest software company, says the best thing to improve the lives of the world's poorest is not computers or the Internet but raising a few roosters and hens.

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Messaging App Line Set for Listing in Tokyo, New York

Messaging app Line said Friday it will list its shares in Tokyo and New York, in a sale valuing the firm at about $5.5 billion, as it looks to spread beyond a strong base among smartphone users in Asia.

The Tokyo-based firm won approval for the sale -- likely to be among the biggest IPOs this year -- with the dual listing expected to raise about 98 billion yen ($917 million).

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France Fines Uber 800,000 Euros over Ride-Sharing Service

Uber was fined 800,000 euros ($900,000) in France on Thursday, half of which was suspended, over its controversial UberPOP ride-sharing service.

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France to Launch Smartphone 'Terror Alert' App

A new smartphone app designed to alert users to possible terror attacks will be launched by the French government Wednesday, amid growing security concerns over the Euro 2016 football tournament.

The application, which will be free to download in both French and English, will send users a warning "in case of a suspected attack," said the interior ministry, which has piloted and introduced the service.

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Facebook Founder's Twitter Account Briefly Hijacked

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg briefly found his Twitter account hijacked.

Screenshots preserved by the technology website Engadget appeared to show someone using the little-used account to say Zuckerberg was "in the LinkedIn database" and inviting the social media mogul to get in touch.

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Airbus Presents 3D-Printed Mini Aircraft

Dwarfed by huge jets all around, the mini-plane Thor was nonetheless an eye-catcher at the Berlin air show this week -- the small Airbus marvel is the world's first 3D-printed aircraft.

Windowless, weighing in at just 21 kilos (46 pounds) and less than four meters (13 feet) long, the drone Thor -- short for "Test of High-tech Objectives in Reality" -- resembles a large, white model airplane.

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Russian Hi-Tech Spy Devices under Attack over Privacy Fears

New Russian technologies, including phonecall interception and a facial recognition app, have stirred a fierce debate about privacy and data monitoring.

Infowatch, a Moscow-based IT security company managed by businesswoman Natalya Kasperskaya, found itself in hot water last month after it revealed it had invented a system that companies can use to intercept employees' mobile phone conversations.

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EU, U.S. Sign Data Protection Deal

The European Union and the United States on Thursday signed a deal to protect personal data transferred across the Atlantic in a bid to fight crime and terrorism.

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Believe the Hype? How Virtual Reality could Change Your Life

Reducing errors made during surgery, bringing school books to life, enabling us to browse shops from the comfort of home -- virtual reality is not just about gaming, it will change our lives, according to some tech leaders.

"VR" is the buzz industry at Asia's largest tech fair, Computex, being held in Taiwan's capital Taipei this week. The island is hoping to become a development hub for virtual reality technology. 

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Smartphone Growth Slows to a Trickle in 2016

The global smartphone market is sputtering in 2016, with Apple likely to see its first "down" year for the iPhone, a research report said Wednesday.

Research firm IDC said worldwide smartphone sales will likely increase just 3.1 percent to 1.48 billion units, after 10.5 percent growth last year.

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