10 things you need to know this morning in Australia

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Good morning!

1. Uber is buying a rival in the Middle East called Careem for $4.34 billion (US$3.1 billion). Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told Uber employees in an email that Careem will remain an independent brand.

2. China has signed a $48 billion ($US34 billion) order for 300 Airbus planes. The order comes shortly after China suspended licenses for Boeing 737 Max aircraft following two deadly crashes in the space of six months.

3. The special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation will be sent to the White House before the public sees it. It’s likely to contain details about the motivations behind the relationships President Donald Trump’s associates had with Russians, as well as Trump’s repeated deference to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

4. Bonuses on Wall Street plunged 17% in 2018, according to data from the Office of the New York State Comptroller. The average bonus for New York City securities industry professionals fell from $258,436 ($US184,400) in 2017 to $215,410 ($US153,700).

5. McDonald’s has snapped up intelligence startup Dynamic Yield in a $420 million ($US300 million) deal. With the new tech, McDonald’s drive-thru menus will update instantaneously based on factors such as the time of day, weather, and customers’ current selections.

6. Scooti, the Uber of scooters, has launched in Melbourne. The company’s app connects people with nearby Scooter drivers.

7. Budget airline AirAsia was forced to apologise after an ad campaign alluded to sex tourism in Thailand. The Malaysian airline, which flies to more than 140 destinations in the Asia-Pacific region, ran ads with the suggestive slogan “Get off in Thailand.”

8. Conor McGregor, the notorious Irish fighter, has announced his resignation from MMA. Shortly after McGreger announced his retirement, The New York Times published a report saying he is under investigation for sexual assault in Ireland.

9. The Apple News app was unavailable for several hours on Tuesday. People started reporting issues with the app from 10pm. The app crashed almost immediately after being opened on iPhones, iPads and Macs running the latest software update.

10. Paleontologists have discovered the world’s biggest and longest-lived T. rex. It weighed almost 20,000 pounds.

BONUS: Airline banter.

Have a great Wednesday.

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