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The wheel, invented sometime before the 4th millennium BC, is one of the most ubiquitous and important technologies. This detail of the "Standard of Ur", c. 2500 BCE., displays a Sumerian chariot

Technology is the application of knowledge for achieving practical goals in a reproducible way. The word technology can also mean the products resulting from such efforts, including both tangible tools such as utensils or machines, and intangible ones such as software. Technology plays a critical role in science, engineering, and everyday life.

Technological advancements have led to significant changes in society. The earliest known technology is the stone tool, used during prehistoric times, followed by the control of fire, which contributed to the growth of the human brain and the development of language during the Ice Age. The invention of the wheel in the Bronze Age allowed greater travel and the creation of more complex machines. More recent technological inventions, including the printing press, telephone, and the Internet, have lowered barriers to communication and ushered in the knowledge economy. (Full article...)

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August 23, 2023 –
Southwark Crown Court in London, United Kingdom, rules that two teenagers were part of the hacking group Lapsus$ and participated in a blackmail campaign against technology companies, including Rockstar Games, the maker of the Grand Theft Auto video game series. (AP)
August 1, 2023 – Foreign relations of Burundi, Foreign relations of Russia
Burundi and Russia sign a memorandum of cooperation on sharing nuclear technology for peaceful purposes at the Russia-Africa Economic and Humanitarian Forum in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (World Nuclear News)
July 18, 2023 –
Spain's competition commission fines American technology companies Amazon and Apple 194 million (US$218 million) for allegedly agreeing to restrict competition by having Apple products sold directly through Amazon's platforms and limiting opportunities for third-party retailers. (AP)
July 11, 2023 – Proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft
United States judge Jacqueline Scott Corley approves technology company Microsoft's $69 billion acquisition of video game publisher Activision Blizzard, the largest video game acquisition in history, dismissing the Federal Trade Commission's antitrust injunction request. (Reuters)
July 7, 2023 –
The China Securities Regulatory Commission imposes fines of nearly US$1 billion and $415 million on technology companies Ant Group and Tencent, respectively, for violating financial regulations and anti-money laundering obligations. (AFP via France 24)

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