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Elon Musk cancels Don Lemon’s show on X right after interview

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Elon Musk has canceled a proposed partnership with former CNN anchor Don Lemon’s new show on X shortly after their interview.

Lemon revealed the news on X, stating that the cancellation occurred “hours after an interview I conducted with him on Friday.”

The interview, which was intended to be the premiere episode of Lemon’s show on X, will now air on YouTube instead.

Lemon’s questioning

Reports suggest that Musk was displeased with Lemon’s questioning about his alleged ketamine use during the interview.

Despite Musk’s previous encouragement for Lemon to join X with a new show, the cancellation came as a shock to Lemon, who had agreed to work with Musk based on promises of significant support from X.

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Lemon expressed disappointment in Musk’s decision, noting that he had asked respectful and wide-ranging questions during their interview, covering topics from SpaceX to the presidential election.

However, Musk evidently had a different perspective on the conversation.

CNN on X

Responding to Lemon’s posts, Musk criticized Lemon’s approach, likening it to “CNN, but on social media,” and suggesting that it lacked authenticity.

X issued a statement explaining its decision not to enter into a commercial partnership with Lemon’s show, citing the platform’s right to make business decisions.

Despite the setback, Lemon remains determined to share details of what transpired with Musk and hinted at future revelations.

The cancellation has sparked debate and discussion among users on the platform.

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TikTok launches Instagram competitor ‘Notes’

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TikTok Notes has launched in Australia & Canada as a formidable competitor to Instagram, offering a unique platform for content creation, text and sharing.

“TikTok Notes is a lifestyle platform that offers informative photo-text content about people’s lives, where you can see individuals sharing their travel tips and daily recipes,” reads the official App Store description.

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The app allows users to create content by combining short videos with text-based notes, closely resembling that of Meta’s Instagram.

Whether it’s sharing a quick tutorial, a personal anecdote, or a thought-provoking message, TikTok Notes is positioned to be a formidable social media platform.

Currently, the app is only available for download and “limited testing” in Australia and Canada.

As it gains momentum, the platform is poised to contest Instagram’s established reign in the social media landscape.

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Ramifications of a TikTok ban to impact Open Internet

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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

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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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