Hong Kong asks Japan to drop airport curb set to hit 60,000 travellers

Hong Kong asks Japan to drop airport curb set to hit 60,000 travellers

HONG KONG, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s government has asked Japan to withdraw a COVID-19 restriction that requires passenger flights from the financial hub to land at only four designated Japanese airports, saying the decision will impact about 60,000 passengers. The United States, India, Italy and Taiwan now require mandatory COVID-19 tests on travellers … Read more

Twitter back online after global outage hits thousands

Twitter back online after global outage hits thousands

Dec 28 (Reuters) – Twitter Inc suffered a major outage on Wednesday, leaving tens of thousands of users globally unable to access the popular social media platform or use its key features for several hours before services appeared to come back online. The incident is the social media site’s first apparent widespread service disruption since … Read more

Twitter restores suicide prevention feature after Reuters report

Twitter restores suicide prevention feature after Reuters report

NEW YORK, Dec 24 (Reuters) – Twitter Inc restored a feature that promoted suicide prevention hotlines and other safety resources to users looking up certain content, after coming under pressure from some users and consumer safety groups over its removal. Reuters reported on Friday that the feature was taken down a few days ago, citing … Read more

Facebook parent Meta to settle Cambridge Analytica case for $725 million

Facebook parent Meta to settle Cambridge Analytica case for $725 million

Dec 23 (Reuters) – Facebook owner Meta Platforms Inc (META.O) has agreed to pay $725 million to resolve a class-action lawsuit accusing the social media giant of allowing third parties, including Cambridge Analytica, to access users’ personal information. The proposed settlement, which was disclosed in a court filing late on Thursday, would resolve a long-running … Read more

Tesla doubles discounts on mainstay vehicles to $7,500 in U.S.

Tesla doubles discounts on mainstay vehicles to $7,500 in U.S.

Dec 21 (Reuters) – Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) is offering $7,500 discounts on Model 3 and Model Y electric vehicles (EV) delivered in the United States this month, its website showed on Wednesday, amid concerns the automaker is facing softening demand as economies slow and EV tax incentives loom. That is up from the $3,750 credit … Read more

Musk to step down as Twitter CEO once he finds ‘someone foolish’ enough as successor

Musk to step down as Twitter CEO once he finds ‘someone foolish’ enough as successor

Dec 20 (Reuters) – Billionaire Elon Musk said on Tuesday he will step down as chief executive of Twitter Inc once he finds a replacement, but will still run some key divisions of the social media platform. “I will resign as CEO as soon as I find someone foolish enough to take the job! After … Read more

Second woman dies following crush at London concert

Second woman dies following crush at London concert

LONDON, Dec 19 (Reuters) – A second woman has died from injuries suffered last week during a crush at a music concert at London’s Brixton Academy, British police said on Monday. Gabrielle Hutchinson, 23, a security guard who was on duty at the event died in hospital in the early hours of Monday, police said. … Read more

Twitter prohibits users from promoting accounts on Facebook, Mastodon

Twitter prohibits users from promoting accounts on Facebook, Mastodon

Dec 18 (Reuters) – Twitter on Sunday said that it will remove accounts created solely for the purpose of promoting other social platforms and content that contains links or usernames. The move would impact content from social media platforms like Meta Platforms’ (META.O) Facebook and Instagram, along with Mastodon, Truth Social, Tribel, Nostr and Post … Read more

Streets deserted in China’s cities as new COVID surge looms

Streets deserted in China’s cities as new COVID surge looms

People take steps to protect themselves after curbs lifted Senior official predicts three waves this winter Lunar New Year in January to drive further spread BEIJING, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Streets in major Chinese cities were eerily quiet on Sunday as people stayed home to protect themselves from a surge in COVID-19 cases that has … Read more

Elon Musk’s team seeks new funding for Twitter – investor

Elon Musk’s team seeks new funding for Twitter – investor

Dec 16 (Reuters) – Elon Musk’s team has reached out to investors to raise new funds for his struggling social media platform Twitter, one of the investors said. Ross Gerber, president and CEO at Gerber Kawasaki Wealth & Investment Management, told Reuters that he was contacted by a Musk representative about offering more shares at … Read more