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China is one step closer to life in space

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China has docked its second lab module to its version of the International Space Station

China has launched a Laboratory Module from Hainan Island, which places the nation one step closer to an ongoing presence in space.

The Wentian module was launched on Sunday local time, and weighs 23 metric tons. The module’s name translates to “quest for the heavens”.

The component has four spaces for scientific experiments, a robotic arm, and an airlock for spacewalks.

The docking took place with three Chinese astronauts who arrived in June on a 14-crewed mission.

This latest mission comes as China’s Tiangong Space Stations nears completion, which is expected for later this year.

The station will become the world’s second orbital outpost after the International Space Station (ISS).

It follows a ban on Chinese astronauts from the ISS because of political concerns from the U.S. Russia has also recently left the ISS collaboration.

China’s President Xi Jinping has previously described his country’s plans a “space dream”, as he ushers support for his program to reach the same heights as the U.S.

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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Twitter updates font on mobile & web versions

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Have you noticed something different about Twitter?

 
Well, the social media giant has changed the font on its web and mobile app.

Apple users, sorry, you’re stuck with the old one.

It’s unclear why Twitter made the change, but it may have to do with spotting impersonators.

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Justice Department & states sue Google in anti-trust lawsuit

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The Department of Justice and a handful of states have sued Google over the company’s dominance in the digital ad space.

 
This is the second anti-trust lawsuit the D.O.J. has filed against Google.

The D.O.J. and states are seeking to unwind Google’s alleged anti-competitive acquisitions in the advertising space, as part of the joint case.

“We alleged that Google has used anti-competitive exclusionary and unlawful conduct to eliminate or severely diminish any threat to its dominance over digital advertising technologies,” U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a press conference.

“Google has used anticompetitive, exclusionary, & unlawful conduct to eliminate or severely diminish any threat to its [digital ad] dominance.”

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Spotify to cut six per cent of workforce

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Spotify is set to to cut 6,000 jobs, or six per cent of its workforce, adding to the massive layoffs in the tech space over recent weeks

The Stockholm-based company had benefited from pandemic lockdowns because more people were looking to be entertainment, when they were stuck at home.

Ek indicated that the company’s business model – which had long focused on growth – had to evolve, and bring costs in line.

“To bring our costs more in line, we’ve made the difficult but necessary decision to reduce our number of employees,” Ek wrote.

Spotify made “considerable effort” to rein in the costs over the past few months, “but it simply hasn’t been enough,” he said.

Spotify saw businesses pull back on advertising as factors including soaring interest rates pressured global demand.

Layoffs have since picked up steam over the past few weeks, with Alphabet, Microsoft and Amazon axing jobs recently.

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