10 things you need to know this morning in Australia

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. Photo: David Ryder/ Getty.

Good morning!

1. Australian parliament approved new laws that will make it a crime to host or stream “abhorrent violent material” on social media platforms. Under the new legislation, people working for content-sharing companies, such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, can be fined or jailed for up to three years.

2. The man accused of committing the deadliest mass shooting in New Zealand’s history will be charged with 50 counts of murder. New Zealand police announced the new charges against Australian-born Brenton Tarrant, 28, on Thursday afternoon local time.

3. The proportion of Australians falling behind on their home loan repayments rose across most parts of the country last year. According to analysis from Moody’s Investors Service, the percentage of borrowers more than 30 days behind on their repayments rose to 1.58%, up 0.13 percentage points from the level recorded in November 2017.

4. Dozens of female Microsoft employees say they deal with shocking behaviour at work, according to a report from Quartz. Some say they’ve had requests to sit on a coworker’s lap and others say that they’ve been called a “b*tch”.

5. Global warming is having a major impact on new coral growth along the Great Barrier Reef, according to a disturbing new study. Warmer seas caused by global warming led to mass bleaching in 2016 and 2017, killing many of the corals along the world’s largest reef system. “Dead corals don’t make babies,” said lead author Professor Terry Hughes.

6. The United Nations unveiled a concept for a floating city that can hold around 10,000 residents. The city is designed to withstand natural disasters like floods, tsunamis, and hurricanes.

7. Apple has quietly slashed the price of its HomePod smart speaker. The price cut comes as Apple has struggled to gain as much traction in the smart speaker space as Amazon and Google.

8. Snap just unveiled “Snap Games.” It’s a long-rumoured gaming platform that lets users play original and third-party multiplayer games in the app in real-time.

9. Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos have finalised their divorce agreement. He’s getting 75% of the Amazon shares and voting control of the rest.

10. Tesla stock plunged after its first-quarter deliveries came up short, with just 63,000 vehicles delivered. That’s a 31% drop on the fourth quarter of 2018. Shares were down almost 9% ahead of Thursday’s opening bell, getting close to key support in the $US250 area.

BONUS: The President of the United States mocked former Vice President Joe Biden with this video, which he posted on Twitter.

Have a great Friday.

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