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Facebook delays office return for US employees

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Facebook employees won’t be returning to the office anytime soon

The social media giant is delaying the move to have all United Status employees return to the office until January, as the delta variant sweeps through the US.

The company has pushed back its plans to bring US employees back to the office due to concerns about rising COVID cases due to the delta variant.

The company had earlier announced plans to reopen US offices at 50 percent capacity by September. But that timeline has now been pushed back to January as cases have risen.

“Data, not dates, is what drives our approach for returning to the office,”

Facebook has now implemented strict vaccination and mask requirements for employees that are in the office, as the tech giant does all that it can to be a COVID-safe workplace.

Facebook made headlines in early 2020 for being one of the first workplaces  to close its offices

Whenever it does re-open, it’s likely that work will look and feel much different to many employees.

The company has said it will embrace remote work going forward, with Mark Zuckerberg saying that as much as 50 percent of the company’s workforce could remote in the next 5-10 years.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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BlockFI the latest crypto collapse

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The contagion from the FTX crypto collapse has claimed another major scalp.

Cryptocurrency lender BlockFi has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

BlockFi claimed more than 100,000 creditors with liabilities up to $10 billion.

BlockFi was founded in 2017 and is now hoping bankruptcy protection will allow it to stabilize the company and restructure.

In a statement, the company says:

“With the collapse of FTX, the BlockFi management team and board of directors immediately took action to protect clients and the Company,”

“From inception, BlockFi has worked to positively shape the cryptocurrency industry and advance the sector.”

Days after FTX declared bankruptcy, BlockFi said it had significant exposure to FTX and its other corporate entities.

BlockFi is now the fourth crypto-focused company to seek bankruptcy protection this year, following FTX, Voyager Digital, and Celsius Network.

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It’s Musk v Twitter in tech war

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A war has broken out between Elon Musk in his battle against Apple.

In a tweet, owner Musk says Apple may ban Twitter from the App store, which would be devastating for his company, and wonders if it has to do with free speech. He even tagged Apple boss Tim Cook.

Musk says: “Apple has threatened to withhold Twitter from its App Store, but won’t tell us why.”

This all comes in the wake of other organisations allegedly following Apple’s suit and cutting back their advertising spending since the $44 billion Musk takeover.

General Mills and Pfizer have been two companies that have gone down this path and diverted their spending elsewhere.

Right now users can still see ads in their Twitter feeds.

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China protests hit global markets, crypto

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The protests in China are having a negative impact on cryptocurrencies and markets around the world.

Bitcoin failed to break its descent and fell more than 3 percent.

The global crypto market cap fell over 2%, sending major cryptos into the red.

Over the last 24 hours, overall crypto market volume grew by 22%.

It comes amid a round of investor nervousness in global markets spurred by protests in China against Covid restrictions.

Protesters outraged by harsh COVID-19 regulations called for China’s strong leader to quit.

China is the world’s second-largest economy and has a significant impact on global financial markets.

Stocks and cryptos aren’t considered safe havens, leading to bearing price action.

Analysts are hoping for a sharp bullish reversal if and when the protests end.

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