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Americans feels more negative than positive about Elon Musk



A new study has conducted a state-by-state breakdown of Elon Musk’s approval rating after his Twitter takeover

Hawaiians like Elon Musk more than any other U.S. state, according to a new study, which has reviewed over 78,000 tweets from the billionaire Twitter boss.

Most Americans feel more negative (38.2%) than positive (19.2%) towards Elon Musk, while 42.6% are neutral.

The research was commissioned by Exploding Topics, which analyses online trends.

“Some people praise Musk for his business prowess, having founded PayPal and grown Tesla into the EV powerhouse it is today,” said Josh Howarth, who is the co-founder at the company.

“In contrast, others find him problematic, referring to his outspoken nature,” he added.

Massachusetts residents are the most interested in Musk, with a monthly search volume of 1,069 per 100,000 residents turning to Google for information about him.

Meanwhile, in Georgia, 60 per 100,000 citizens tend to search for him online every month.

But Howarth said Musk’s critics are not influenced by their sex.

“Overall, men and women seem to like and dislike the tech entrepreneur an almost equal amount.”

The study used a Cardiff University analytics approach to examine Musk’s tweets. They were only reviewed if they contained U.S. geolocation data.

It found women were slightly more likely to tweet negatively about Musk (39.2%) when compared to men (38.1%).

Raj Shah is a tech analyst at Publicis Sapient, who said Musk has a bold agenda for the social media platform.

“Unlike with SpaceX, Tesla, and PayPal, he is taking on a space with both established players and established models.”

“If he instead pivots Twitter from the way we think of it to a  Twitter as an all in one app that rivals WeChat in Asia, then there’s a way to real value generation through a retooling of Twitter, not necessarily a trashing of it,” he said.

What is Elon Musk doing on Twitter?

The world’s richest man completed his $44 billion takeover of Twitter on 31 October.

As he stepped into the role of CEO, he fired top executives and has since eliminated nearly half of Twitter’s workforce.

Despite this, Musk said new user signups are at an all-time high following his acquisition of the platform.

In a recent tweet, Musk said “I think I see a path to Twitter exceeding a billion monthly users in 12 to 18 months.”

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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Ramifications of a TikTok ban to impact Open Internet



The United States’ longstanding advocacy for an open internet faces a critical juncture as Congress considers legislation targeting TikTok.

The proposed measures, including a forced sale or outright ban of TikTok, have sparked concerns among digital rights advocates and global observers about the implications for internet freedom and international norms.

For decades, the U.S. has championed the concept of an unregulated internet, advocating for the free flow of digital data across borders.

However, the move against TikTok, a platform with 170 million U.S. users, has raised questions about the consistency of America’s stance on internet governance.

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Critics fear that actions against TikTok could set a precedent for other countries to justify their own internet censorship measures.

Russian blogger Aleksandr Gorbunov warned that Russia could use the U.S. decision to justify further restrictions on platforms like YouTube.

Similarly, Indian lawyer Mishi Choudhary expressed concerns that a U.S. ban on TikTok would embolden the Indian government to impose additional crackdowns on internet freedoms.

Moreover, the proposed legislation could complicate U.S. efforts to advocate for an internet governed by international organizations rather than individual countries.

China, in particular, has promoted a vision of internet sovereignty, advocating for greater national control over online content.

A TikTok ban could undermine America’s credibility in urging other countries to embrace a more open internet governed by global standards.


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BlackRock CEO Larry Fink says AI leads to higher wages



Larry Fink, the CEO of BlackRock Inc., has outlined his vision for the impact of the firm’s investment in artificial intelligence.

During the company’s recent earnings call, Fink emphasized the connection between productivity gains driven by AI and the potential for rising wages among BlackRock’s workforce.

He explained the firm’s ambition to leverage AI technology to enhance efficiency, enabling employees to accomplish more with fewer resources.

Fink’s remarks underscore BlackRock’s strategic approach to harnessing AI as a tool for optimising operations and driving organisational growth.

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By leveraging AI-driven productivity enhancements, the company aims to empower its employees to deliver greater value, thereby paving the way for wage increases across the organisation.

The CEO’s statement reflects a broader trend in the intersection of technology and labor dynamics, where advancements in AI and automation have the potential to reshape workforce dynamics and compensation structures.

Fink’s optimism about the transformative impact of AI investment on employee wages highlights BlackRock’s commitment to embracing technological innovation as a catalyst for sustainable business growth and employee prosperity.

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How Udio could threaten the entire music industry



The music industry faces a formidable challenger in the form of AI technology application Udio.

With the emergence of a groundbreaking new app, concerns are mounting over its potential to revolutionise music creation and consumption.

The app, powered by advanced algorithms and machine learning, promises to streamline the music production process, allowing users to generate high-quality tracks with minimal effort.

Tom Finnigan from joins to discuss Udio, along with the goods and bads of AI integration in the music industry.

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