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Nancy Pelosi’s flight to Taiwan crashes flight radar

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The flight carrying the third most senior political figure in the U.S. has become the most-tracked flight in history

As U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was high above the clouds, users began flocking to the popular FlightRadar24 smartphone app.

It’s understood 2.92 million people were on the app and website to follow the U.S. Air Force jet with the callsign ‘SPAR 19’.

“Because of unprecedented sustained tracking interest in SPAR19, Flightradar24 services are under extremely heavy load,” FlightRadar24 said.

The jet was forced to detour over Indonesia to avoid any potential issues in the South China Sea.

Beijing warned the U.S. against the Taiwan visit, as authorities prepare to hold military drills across six areas near the democratically-ruled island.

“Some users may currently experience issues accessing the site, our teams are working on restoring full functionality to all users as quickly as possible.”

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The Boeing C-40C landed in Taipei, with 708,000 people tracking the flight when it touched down.

The average flight time between Pelosi’s origin of Kuala Lumpur to Taipei is around four hours. However, SPAR19 took over seven hours to reach Taiwan.

“Unfortunately, due to the volume of users, it was necessary to deploy our waiting room functionality, which meters access to Flightradar24 for non-subscribers,” the website said.

After SPAR19 touched down, access was restored quickly for FlightRadar24 users.

“We continue to make improvements to our systems to provide additional capacity for flights of extreme interest,” the website said.

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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Warner Bros Discovery is considering a strategic breakup to enhance its stock performance, according to a Financial Times report.

The potential move aims to unlock value by separating its media assets from its reality TV and lifestyle businesses.

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Investors worldwide grow increasingly optimistic about Trump winning the election

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Investors are increasingly optimistic about Donald Trump’s potential re-election, prompting a resurgence in the so-called ‘Trump trade’.

Market participants are closely monitoring Trump’s political strategies and public sentiment, influencing their investment decisions.

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Netflix expands use of ads despite slow subscriber growth

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Netflix is intensifying its efforts to introduce an ad-supported tier amidst a plateau in subscriber growth.

The streaming giant hopes to attract new users and boost revenue by offering a cheaper alternative that includes advertisements.

This move marks a significant shift from its traditional ad-free model, reflecting Netflix’s response to competitive pressures and evolving consumer preferences.

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