1. Facebook said no users reported the video of the New Zealand mosque shootings while it was still live. The attack left 50 people dead in Christchurch. In a blog post, Facebook said the live video was viewed fewer than 200 times. After the livestream ended, the video was viewed a further 3,800 times before being taken down.
2. The teen who smashed an egg on the head of far-right Australian senator Fraser Anning is planning on donating thousands of dollars raised in a GoFundMe made in his honour to victims of the attack. Anning made anti-Muslim comments following the New Zealand mosques shootings.
3. Actor Mark Wahlberg has bought a piece of Australian fitness franchise F45. It is now valued at a reported $634 million.
4. Australian tech darling Atlassian has acquired US software firm AgileCraft for $234 million. AgileCraft provides agile planning software to businesses.
5. Google unveiled its Netflix-like video-game platform “Stadia”. It’s set to launch at some point in 2019.
6. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has vowed never to utter the name of the suspected Christchurch gunman. “He sought many things from his act of terror,” said Ardern. “But one was notoriety and that is why you will never hear me mention his name.”
7. A 42-year-old Australian man was sentenced to 11 years in prison for killing a guest who was staying at his Airbnb listed-home. The Airbnb was in the seaside suburb of East Brighton, Melbourne.
8. Australian home prices have been falling for well over a year in average weighted terms. Here’s how the latest housing downturn ranks compared to those of the past.
9. Snapchat admitted its age verification safeguards are effectively useless. Snap executives Stephen Collins and Will Scougal were grilled by UK lawmakers on Snapchat’s age-verification process.
10. Vladimir Putin signed a new law that can fine and even jail citizens for insulting the Russia state, its flag, or Putin himself. People who show “blatant disrespect” can be fined up to to 100,000 rubles ($US1,550) and repeat offenders can be jailed for up to 15 days. Putin also passed a law banning the spread of fake news – even though the country has been linked to spreading more fake news abroad than anywhere else.
BONUS: Here’s a sneak peak at Google’s new gaming platform.
The future of gaming is not a box. It's a place.
— Stadia (@GoogleStadia) 19 March 2019
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