10 things you need to know this morning in Australia

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Happy Friday!

1. Uber vows to fight the California bill that turns its drivers from contractors to employees. The company’s chief legal officer, Tony West, said Uber drivers are “properly classified as independent,” and added that Uber will “respond to claims of misclassification in arbitration and in court,” the Wall Street Journal reported.

2. The Trump administration has reportedly discussed a plan to offer China a trade deal that would lift some tariffs. Under the agreement, the US would remove some of its tariffs on Chinese goods and in return China would commit to increased farm purchases and changes to intellectual property rules, according to Bloomberg.

3. A Fyre Festival-style drama is unfolding and it’s all about Caroline. Instagram influencer Caroline Calloway is in the spotlight after her ghostwriter published a tell-all story about her. Calloway became famous for documenting her thoughts in long-winded Instagram captions and even held $US165 creativity workshops that were derided as scams.

4. Another Brexit extension? The European Parliament is preparing to grant the United Kingdom a third delay to Brexit, a leaked resolution suggests. The resolution, which is due to be approved by members of European Parliament next week, says an extension should be offered to avoid a no-deal Brexit.

5. Australian universities are among the top 200 in the world. The 2020 Higher Education World University Ranking list has been released, with 11 Aussie universities cracking the top 200.

6. Taylor Swift’s Melbourne Cup performance could boost attendance numbers. The singer-songwriter will be performing two of her latest songs at the event on November 5 in a move that could increase dwindling attendance numbers.

7. 2,500 registered as missing after Hurricane Dorian. A spokesperson for the Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency said on Wednesday that the government has compiled a list of 2,500 missing persons after Hurricane Dorian devastated parts of the island.

8. Drug traffickers in Australia thwarted by a seal. Five men have been charged in connection to a drug bust on an Island off of Western Australia, with the heist ultimately blocked by a giant seal sleeping in their path, police said.

9. A no-deal Brexit could result in thousands of job losses, disrupted medical supplies and public disorder, according to a newly released UK government document. Parliament voted to force the government to publish the document on Monday, an earlier version of which was leaked in August.

10. Instagram appears to be working on a new video tool. The new camera mode for creating Instagram Stories seems to mirror many features central to short-form video app TikTok, potentially allowing users to string together recorded clips into one video, add music and adjust each clip’s speed and length.

Here’s a holiday idea, this pine-cone shaped treehouse in the Italian Alps:

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