Google, BMW, Volvo and Samsung SDI sign up to WWF call for temporary ban on deep-sea mining

Google, BMW, Volvo and Samsung SDI are the first global companies to have signed up to a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) call for a moratorium on deep-sea mining, the WWF said on Wednesday. In backing the call, the companies commit not to source any minerals from the seabed, to exclude such minerals from their supply… Read More Google, BMW, Volvo and Samsung SDI sign up to WWF call for temporary ban on deep-sea mining

Australia to evacuate thousands in Sydney’s flood-affected areas

Australian authorities are planning to evacuate thousands more people on Monday from flood-affected suburbs in Sydney’s west, which is set for its worst flooding in 60 years with drenching rain expected to continue for the next few days. Unrelenting rains over the past three days swelled rivers in Australia’s most populous state of New South… Read More Australia to evacuate thousands in Sydney’s flood-affected areas

Google to cut app store fees by half for developers on first $1million in sales

Alphabet Inc’s Google will cut the service fee that it charges developers on its app store by half for the first $1 million in revenue they earn every year, it said on Tuesday, after a similar move by rival Apple Inc last year. Both the companies have come under fire from large firms such as… Read More Google to cut app store fees by half for developers on first $1million in sales

News Corp reaches three-year content agreement with Facebook in Australia

News Corp said on Monday it had reached a three-year agreement to provide Facebook Inc users access to news in Australia. Last month, Australia’s parliament passed a law that requires Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc to pay media companies for content on their platforms, after robust negotiations in which Facebook blocked all news content… Read More News Corp reaches three-year content agreement with Facebook in Australia

Vatican issues decree that Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex unions

The Vatican said on Monday that priests and other Roman Catholic Church ministers cannot bless same-sex unions and that such blessings are “not licit” if carried out. The ruling was a response to practices in some countries, such as the United States and Germany, where parishes and ministers have begun blessing same-sex unions in lieu… Read More Vatican issues decree that Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex unions

Facebook to allow content creators monetize short-form videos

Facebook Inc will allow content creators on its platform to earn revenue from short-form videos via advertisements, the social network said on Thursday. The announcement came in a blog where the company detailed its plans to help creators make more money, as smaller tech rivals have been racing to attract famous social media personalities. Snapchat… Read More Facebook to allow content creators monetize short-form videos

Thousands evacuated in New Zealand following series of earthquakes

Thousands of New Zealanders on the east coast of the country’s North Island evacuated to higher ground on Friday, and its biggest city was put on alert after three offshore earthquakes in less than eight hours triggered tsunami sirens and warnings. Workers, students and residents in areas like Northland and Bay of Plenty, on the… Read More Thousands evacuated in New Zealand following series of earthquakes

Evacuation orders and tsunami warnings following series of earthquakes off New Zealand

Evacuation orders were issued for New Zealanders living in some areas on the east coast on the North Island after a third earthquake struck in the area on Friday. The latest was a magnitude 8.0 quake that struck the Kermadec Islands, northeast of New Zealand’s North Island. This came shortly after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake… Read More Evacuation orders and tsunami warnings following series of earthquakes off New Zealand