10 things you need to know this morning in Australia

Justin Sullivan/ Getty ImagesMeg Whitman

Good morning!

1. Theresa May said she will resign as prime minister of the UK after Brexit. She told a meeting of Conservative members of Parliament that she would stand down if Parliament backs her deal and the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.

2. Facebook has banned white nationalism and white separatism on its platform. In a blog post, it said it will target specific language related to the white nationalist movement and strong anti-immigration stances.

3. The New Zealand shooting suspect donated money to an Austrian group that is part of a tangled far-right web stretching across Europe, Australia, and the US. Sebastian Kurz, Austria’s chancellor, confirmed that a financial link between the New Zealand attacker and the Identitarians had been uncovered.

4. President Donald Trump renewed his criticisms on the news media on Tuesday. “They truly are the Enemy of the People and the Real Opposition Party!” he wrote on Twitter, in relation to coverage of the Mueller investigation. Trump also praised Attorney General William Barr for his “fast” work at the Justice Department, according to a person with knowledge of his remarks that was cited in a New York Times report published Tuesday.

5. Boeing unveiled the software fix and updated training procedures for the 737 Max airliner, which has been involved in two deadly crashes in the last four months. Most of the updates will be to the 737 Max’s Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS). In a new statement published on Wednesday, Boeing’s CEO said the company is “humbled” and “learning.”

6. Atlassian’s Scott Farquhar is calling on the federal government to keep its promise and revisit the controversial and hastily-passed encryption-cracking bill. He said the legislation is putting Australian technology industry in a “chokehold,” creating uncertainty and putting jobs at risk.

7. A group of ex-employees are suing IBM for discrimination. They’re alleging that the US tech giant targeted older workers for layoffs.

8. Jim’s Mowing founder David “Jim” Penman has attacked a set of “feeble” franchising recommendations that were submitted to the Australian government. He said franchisees currently get “incredibly stuffed” by franchisors.

9. The Trump administration has proposed ending all government funding for the Special Olympics. It argues private philanthropy will pick up the bill.

10. Google announced a new external ethics council which will examine its development of AI. Google VP of Global Affairs Kent Walker said the group will look at ethical problems including “facial recognition and fairness in machine learning.”

BONUS: Earlier this month Trump referred to Apple CEO Tim Cook as “Tim Apple”. Now, he’s just called Google CEO Sundar Pichai the “President of Google” when he’s actually the CEO of Google.

Have a great Thursday.

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