Uber issues indefinite extension of mask requirement for drivers and riders

Uber Technologies Inc on Wednesday extended indefinitely a requirement for drivers and riders on its platform to wear a face covering or mask and launched a new campaign video to educate users about the policy. The company began requiring masks on May 18 and on Wednesday extended the policy, which was originally slated to run… Read More Uber issues indefinite extension of mask requirement for drivers and riders

Australia earmarks almost $1billion to boost cyber security defences

Australia will spend A$1.35 billion (an equivalent of $926.1 million) over the next 10 years to boost its cyber security defences, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Tuesday, as Canberra seeks to combat a wave of attacks. The announcement comes just weeks after Australia said a “sophisticated state-based actor” has been attacking all levels of… Read More Australia earmarks almost $1billion to boost cyber security defences

Google announces programme to pay publishers for high-quality content

Alphabet’s Google on Thursday took a step towards resolving its spat with publishers, saying it would pay some media groups in Australia, Brazil and Germany for high-quality content and expects to do more deals, but others were sceptical. The U.S. internet giant has for years tried to fend off demands for payment from news publishers… Read More Google announces programme to pay publishers for high-quality content

Chinese mining company Shandong Gold set to acquire Australian firm Cardinal Resources in $221million deal

Shandong Gold Mining Co, one of China’s biggest gold producers, said on Thursday it would buy Ghana-focused miner Cardinal Resources Ltd for around A$321 million (an equivalent of $221 million) in cash. The deal continues a recent M&A flurry by Chinese gold firms after spot prices for the precious metal hit their highest in more… Read More Chinese mining company Shandong Gold set to acquire Australian firm Cardinal Resources in $221million deal

UN raises concern over police brutality during lockdowns

The U.N. human rights office voiced concern on Monday about more than a dozen countries that have declared states of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic where police have arrested or detained hundreds of thousands of people and killed others. “Emergency powers should not be a weapon governments can wield to quash dissent, control the… Read More UN raises concern over police brutality during lockdowns

WHO says evidence show animals as possible origin of coronavirus, no sign of lab manipulation

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that all available evidence suggests the novel coronavirus originated in animals in China late last year and was not manipulated or produced in a laboratory. U.S. President Donald Trump said last week that his government was trying to determine whether the virus emanated from a lab in… Read More WHO says evidence show animals as possible origin of coronavirus, no sign of lab manipulation