Tech

The US says it will ban TikTok and WeChat app downloads starting Sunday

The US Commerce Department said it would ban US citizens from downloading TikTok and WeChat starting Sunday. The order bars Apple and Google from hosting the TikTok and WeChat apps on their US app storefronts. Apple and Google have not yet commented on the order. Sources told Reuters the ban […]
The US says it will ban TikTok and WeChat app downloads starting Sunday
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Human rights groups urge Trump to ban Chinese cotton over Xinjiang forced labour camps. The implications of a ban ‘would be enormous’ in Beijing, one expert said.

Human rights groups say US President Donald Trump’s potential ban of cotton products coming from Xinjiang could push China to stop committing human rights violations against minority Muslims. China is one of the world’s biggest cotton producers, and 80% of its cotton comes from the Xinjiang region, where Beijing is […]
Human rights groups urge Trump to ban Chinese cotton over Xinjiang forced labour camps. The implications of a ban ‘would be enormous’ in Beijing, one expert said.
Tech

India bans more than 100 Chinese apps, including Tencent’s video game ‘PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds,’ as tensions escalate on the border

Summary List Placement The Indian government has blocked a further 118 Chinese mobile apps, citing national security concerns, amid rising tensions between the neighbouring countries. Among the apps is the video game “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds,” published by Chinese tech giant Tencent, which has more than 50 million players in India. Tencent’s […]
India bans more than 100 Chinese apps, including Tencent’s video game ‘PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds,’ as tensions escalate on the border
Tech

Instagram is banning all content promoting LGBT conversion therapy

Instagram will from Friday ban any content promoting LGBT conversion therapy, the company told the BBC. Conversion therapy applies to any practice which claims it can “cure” people of their sexual orientation or gender identity. It has been widely decried as false, unethical, and harmful by medical bodies. Instagram already […]
Instagram is banning all content promoting LGBT conversion therapy
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Organised, ‘non-essential’ gatherings of 500 people or more will be effectively banned in Australia in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus

Australia will ban non-essential gatherings of 500 people or more, in an effort to control the spread of the novel coronavirus. It does not include gatherings deemed essential, including people going to school, university lectures, airports, and using public transport. The advice to ban gatherings came from Chief Medical Officer […]
Organised, ‘non-essential’ gatherings of 500 people or more will be effectively banned in Australia in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus
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Disneyland will close in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak in California

Disneyland announced on Thursday that it would close its gates on Saturday through the end of the month amid the coronavirus outbreak in California. Gov. Gavin Newsom recommended cancelling gatherings of more than 250 people but earlier said it would not apply to Disney’s park. Disneyland is one of California’s […]
Disneyland will close in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak in California
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California became the first state to ban discrimination against natural hair

The California State Assembly unanimously passed a bill banning discrimination against natural hair in the workplace. The CROWN (Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair) Act updates the state’s existing anti-discrimination laws to include the protection of natural hair styles. California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the act into […]
California became the first state to ban discrimination against natural hair
Markets

Qualcomm slumps on Huawei ban as the tech Cold War with China heats up

Qualcomm plunged nearly 5% early Monday after telling its employees it would no longer supply the Chinese telecom firm Huawei. The Trump administration issued an executive order last week that effectively bans US firms from supplying equipment to Huawei. The move escalates the tech Cold War with China as trade […]
Qualcomm slumps on Huawei ban as the tech Cold War with China heats up
Lifestyle

San Francisco’s most popular e-cigarette brand Juul may have pushed rival brands to compete in a ‘nicotine arms race.’ Now all e-cigs are banned in the city.

On Tuesday, San Francisco officials voted to ban the sale of e-cigarettes. The first-of-its-kind ban applies to in-store sales and online purchases that are shipped to the city, Bloomberg reported. In March, former Food and Drug Administration chief Scott Gottlieb said he would spend his remaining time in office cracking […]
San Francisco’s most popular e-cigarette brand Juul may have pushed rival brands to compete in a ‘nicotine arms race.’ Now all e-cigs are banned in the city.
Tech

China has banned hugely popular game streaming service Twitch

Twitch, the hugely popular streaming service, has been banned in China. The ban came after a spike in popularity, probably caused by users watching an eSports tournament. Some users view the ban as an oppression of free speech, and the Chinese government have recently been tightening control on the gaming […]
China has banned hugely popular game streaming service Twitch
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Iceland’s president wants to ban pineapple from pizza

Olives, anchovies, capers or mushrooms – there are plenty of pizza toppings that have people divided. But one has been getting plenty of heat lately – pineapple – and even the Icelandic President has weighed in, saying he would ban the tropical fruit from pizza. President Gudni Th. Johannesson​ spoke […]
Iceland’s president wants to ban pineapple from pizza
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Melbourne is banning cars in the city

Melbourne city council has proposed a trial ban on cars in the city in an experiment that it hopes will show the public how well Melbourne could operate with just public transport. Under the plan, cars and motorcycles will be blocked for entering the Hoddle grid bound by Flinders St, […]
Melbourne is banning cars in the city