10 things you need to know this morning in Australia

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1. Students at Victorian public schools will be banned from using their phones in a landmark decision handed down by the state’s education minister James Merlino. The ban is designed to combat cyberbullying and distraction in the classroom.

2. Domino’s is facing a legal dispute. The pizza company is facing a class action lawsuit that claims it underpaid both in-store workers as well as delivery drivers across its Australian stores for four and a half years.

3. Airbnb has launched a new luxury feature. Airbnb Luxe gives users access to more than 2,000 exclusive luxury properties around the world, with the price of homes ranging between US$1,000 and US$200,000 a night.

4. The owner of a KFC franchise in Alice Springs believes his restaurant is worthy of a Michelin star. Sam Edelman created a Facebook group called “Kentucky Fried Chicken deserves a Michelin Star” in a bid to receive the accolade.

5. LinkedIn has outlined the three fastest growing job skills in Australia in its 2019 Future of Skills report. At the top of the list is IT development followed by workplace automation and social media marketing.

6. Aldi has announced a new scheme to reduce the amount of plastics in its stores. Among the range of measures is a plan to cut at least 25% of all its plastic packaging by 2025.

7. Donald Trump threatens to sue Facebook and Google. In an interview with Fox Business Network, Trump said, “We should be suing Google and Facebook and all that. Which, perhaps we will.” He also claimed that Google attempted to “rig” the 2020 Presidential Election.

8. The US stock market is rapidly losing its biggest driver of gains. Corporate earnings are estimated to drop across all sectors, according to a new Deutsche Bank report. It comes amid ongoing trade uncertainty and the global economic slowdown.

9. Samsung is reportedly developing a new foldable smartphone that is inspired by the classic flip phone design. The device will have a 6.7 inch screen when unfolded and a 1-inch display on its exterior to show notifications.

10. Melbourne IT consultant Steven Oakes has been sentenced to three years in jail after pleading guilty to 11 charges including insider trading. Oakes hacked into a private computer network of independent media company Port Phillip Publishing, which is itself facing an ASIC investigation for allegedly breaching consumer protection laws.

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The Cybathlon is on its way in 2020, which allows participants to use bionic assistive technology:

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