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Ex-Apple employee allegedly stole trade secrets, says Mercury News

The materials are said to have involved self-driving vehicle technology

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Xiaolang Zhang has been charged with theft of trade secrets in a US District Court for Northern California

An ex-employee of Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) is reported to have allegedly stolen trade secrets from the tech giant, per a report in The Mercury News.

The stolen materials are said to have involved self-driving vehicle technology – an area that Apple has been working on in secret for several years.

Federal agents apprehended the alleged culprit, Xiaolang Zhang, at San Jose International Airport after he hastily bought a ticket to China from Hainan Airlines.

Zhang allegedly took the top-secret documents from Apple when he went on paternity leave and stored the data on his wife’s laptop. He intended to bring the Apple data to a new employer, according to a tweet from Henry Lee, a crime reporter with KTVU Fox 2 News, a San Francisco-based news station.

Zhang has been charged with theft of trade secrets in a US District Court for Northern California.

Apple shares held steady at US$190.35 today.

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