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Ex-Apple Employee Stole Secrets for Chinese Firm, U.S. Says

  • Engineer was arrested as he was about to board flight to China
  • Prosecutors say he admitted downloading files to wife’s laptop
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A former Apple engineer has been arrested on charges of stealing driverless car secrets. Bloomberg’s Gurman reports.(Source: Bloomberg)
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A former Apple Inc. engineer was arrested on charges of stealing driverless car secrets for a Chinese startup after he passed through the security checkpoint at San Jose International Airport to board a flight to China.

Zhang Xiaolang was accused by U.S. prosecutors of downloading files containing proprietary information as he prepared to leave the iPhone maker in April and start work for Guangzhou-based Xiaopeng Motors. according to a criminal complaint filed Monday in federal court in San Jose, California.