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Australia cuts international arrivals by half

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Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has provided an update to the nation following a National Cabinet meeting, in response to a growing outbreak of COVID-19.

As part of a roadmap to recovering, the PM says, Australia will cut international arrivals by 50 percent.

The number of commercial international arrivals allowed into Australia will be temporarily halved to around 3,170 per week.

That figure goes from around six thousand returned travellers a week to now just over three thousand.

Home quarantine for fully vaccinated returned travellers will be trialled on a small-scale in South Australia.

Mr Morrison says state leaders have agreed lockdowns will only be used as a “last resort”.

“While the reduction of those caps will certainly, right across the system, obviously take some pressure off, as we have observed over the course of these past 18 months, that alone does not provide any fail-safe regarding any potential breaches,” he told reporters.

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National Cabinet has also agreed to trial home quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers, and the Government says it will increase the number of repatriation flights to make up the shortfall.

Earlier, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she sympathised with the thousands of Australians stranded abroad who want to come home.

“Firstly, my heart goes out to thousands of Australians who have to wait longer to come home,” she told reporters in Sydney.

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Big tech stocks tumble amid market uncertainty

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Big tech companies are struggling in the markets this quarter as interest rates rise to battle inflation

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has devalued tech stocks causing further supply chain disruptions and sending the broad S&P 500 index down about 5 per cent.

Rising interest rates triggered more severe plummets with the S&P dropping another 16 per cent and the Nasdaq Composite index by 22 per cent.

Tesla’s stock took a huge hit sinking to nearly 38 per cent its largest decline since 2010.

Amazon saw similar results falling by 35 per cent the most in over 20 years.

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Google to pay millions to app developers

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App developers are accusing Google of tempting users into making in-app purchases.

The lawsuit relates to money that was made by app creators for Android smartphones.

The lawsuit was filed in a San Francisco court, where the 48,000 app developers are believed to have been affected.

“Following our win against Apple for similar conduct, we think this pair of settlements sends a strong message to big tech: the law is watching, and even the most powerful companies in the world are accountable when they stifle competition.”

Steve Berman, ATTORNEY FOR the Android developers.

Google says the settlement’s funds will support developers who have made less than USD $2 million in revenue between 2016 and 2021.

“A vast majority of U.S. developers who earned revenue through Google Play will be eligible to receive money from this fund, if they choose,” the company says.

Google says it will charge developers a 15 per cent commission on their first million in revenue.

The court is yet to approve the proposed settlement.

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Tesla deliveries expected to fall – here’s why

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Tesla deliveries are expected to drop significantly in the second quarter, as prolonged Covid lockdowns in China and supply chain issues take their toll

The company is also struggling to ramp up its new factories, with Tesla boss Elon Musk seemingly distracted by his very public pursuit of Twitter.

Tesla has been plagued by production glitches in China and slow output growth at new factories in both Texas and Berlin.

Experts predict deliveries will slump to just over 295,000 vehicles for the second quarter.

This would be down from the company’s record of 310,000 in the preceding quarter, marking Tesla’s first quarter-on-quarter decline since 2020.

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