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Fallen victim – Hong Kong’s iconic floating restaurant towed

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Yet another icon has fallen victim to the Covid pandemic, with Hong Kong’s famed floating restaurant decommissioned today

The landmark ship has served the region since its establishment in 1976, and has played host to a number of high-profile diners including Queen Elizabeth and Tom Cruise.

It was towed from Hong Kong’s harbourfront on Tuesday, after months of being out of operation due to Covid-19.

The parent company of ‘Jumbo Floating Restaurant’ was unable to find a new owner and no longer had the funds to maintain it.

Designed to resemble a Chinese imperial palace, the floating diner sat on Aberdeen Harbour and was known for its Cantonese cuisine and seafood dishes.

Over 30 million people flooded through its doors since it opened back in the 70s.

Parent company Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises says it has unfortunately become a financial burden to shareholders, with huge sums of money spent on inspection and maintenance of the vessel every year.

As tugboats tow the restaurant away, it’s not yet clear where it will go next.

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Is Netflix going bankrupt?

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2022 hasn’t been good for the streaming giant, In April alone the company said that they lost subscribers for the first time in ten years

And on top of that, it’s stock price has plummeted more than 60% so far this year.

Some have speculated that these are indications that Netflix is going down, and going down fast.

But they’re probably wrong, because Netflix is simply transforming into what CNN Business has referred to as a ‘traditional media company’.

What does that entail?

Like many technology companies, Netflix relied on subscribers and that was based on producing plus streaming movies and tv shows-on the platform in return for a fee.

It was only in 2019 when Netflix was ranked as America’s fastest growing brand, and many conventional media companies like Disney, Paramount and Warner Bros. amongst others started imitating the Netflix model.

But now it seems, Netflix will imitate them. And that means it will start having advertisements.

And the streaming platform has already changed the way it’s releasing new shows.

Instead of what we’re used to, which was a release of the entire series – to a more gradual release.   

And the streaming company also says that it will crackdown on password sharing.

Netflix has always been regarded as a tech company, but now it’s transitioning to a media company.

It’s not in trouble, It’s simply transforming to a more traditional business model.

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Meta faces a probe into triggering poor mental health

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Meta is facing a string of lawsuits that relate to the mental health of young people

The legal disputes blame Instagram for eating disorders, depression and even suicides among children and teens.

It comes after whistle-blower Frances Haugen exposed internal documents about how Instagram impacts body image and mental health.

The leaks allegedly show Meta is aware that its products hurt children but the company chose to put its growth and profits ahead of user’s safety.

Meta has not responded to these latest legal blows.

Of course, if you or someone you know needs help, please contact your local helpline.

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Musk creating hybrid of Uber and Airbnb

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Musk is predicting the company’s robotaxi will be like a combined version of Uber and Airbnb

Unlike Uber though, Musk says the system is not being designed with a launch city in mind, the way competitors have approached the concept.

Are we better off without Uber and taxi drivers?

Musk said Tesla owners will have the choice of using it themselves or adding their cars to the robotaxi fleet to earn money when they do not need them.

The tech billionaire mentioned that regulatory hurdles will limit where it can be deployed.

He estimates that a typical vehicle added to the system will see its usage jump from 12 hours a week to 60 hours a week and become a revenue generator for the owner of the Tesla.

The idea is that when your car is parked, it then joins the fleet and takes off on its own with no driver.

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