10 things you need to know this morning in Australia

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1. British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Tuesday slammed President Donald Trump over his recent criticism of outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May. It came amid ongoing fallout over leaked diplomatic cables in which the UK’s ambassador to the US referred to Trump as “inept.”

2. Australian properties are reselling at losses not seen for six years. Analysis from CoreLogic found that 12% of owners and investors who sold property in the first quarter of 2019 did so at a loss, with properties in Melbourne and Sydney leading the charge.

3. Coles has partnered with Microsoft in a move that is set to create a better shopping experience for customers. The collaboration will allow Coles to implement more artificial intelligence solutions into its stores and the supply chain.

4. Facebook has created a new internal group designed to launch consumer-focused apps and services. The NPE Team – which means ‘New Product Experiences’ – comes as Facebook tries to diversify its products and reduce its reliance on its core Facebook app.

5. Google Cloud is set to acquire cloud storage company Elastifile. It comes one month after Google Cloud announced it would acquire the data analytics company Looker for $US2.6 billion.

6. US President Donald Trump is banned from blocking Twitter users. A US Court of Appeals has ruled that Trump is not allowed to block Twitter users because it is discriminatory and unconstitutional.

7. Marriott faces a fine for a data breach. The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office plans to fine hotel giant Marriott International £99 million (about $US123 million) for a data breach that exposed the sensitive data of 339 million guests.

8. Hong Kong’s leader, Carrie Lam, said on Tuesday that the extradition bill that was being mulled over by the territory’s governing body was “dead”. It comes after the bill, which would have allowed extradition of Hong Kong residents to mainland China, sparked massive protests over the past few weeks. However, Lam did not say whether the government would withdraw the bill completely.

9. Uber hopes to one day open its platform to third party businesses, much like Amazon’s web services platform. The company’s Chief Technology Officer Thuan Pham said Uber hopes to open some of its software, from dispatching to mapping, to other companies to use for their own businesses.

10. Australia’s electric vehicle charging network will receive a much-needed boost, with 80 high speed chargers to be installed between major cities. The ultra-fast chargers will be fitted at 46 sites around the country, strategically placed to allow for long-distance travel.


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