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Rebranded McDonald’s opens in Russia



Mcdonald’s has left Russia but now it’s been replaced by its doppelganger

The new franchise called Vkusno & Tochka has opened its doors across Moscow.

The name of the rebranded Mcdonald’s translates to “Tasty and that’s it”.

The fast-food outlet features renamed classics like the Filet-O-Fish burger but has left many disappointed as The Big Mac has not been remade.

The reopenings occurred on Russia Day, a patriotic day celebrating national pride.

Crowds of people were seen queuing in front of the former-McDonalds restaurants that are now brandished with a new logo featuring a burger and two fries with the slogan “The name changes, love stays”.

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Mcdonald’s withdrew its business from Russia after Moscow invaded Ukraine but the country has reworked its copyright laws to evade Western sanctions.

The owner of the Russian franchise promises to open more stores across Russia.

The Restaurants menu did not feature as many recipes but the food is overall cheaper than it was under the Mcdonald’s brand.

The contents of burgers have remained the same as Mcdonald’s equipment remains within the stores.

In a rush to reopen, the company is yet to develop its own packaging, selling food in plain white cartons for fries and burgers with takeaway bags being plain brown.

Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.


Did the Simpsons predict Musk’s Twitter takeover?



New Twitter boss Elon Musk claims The Simpsons predicted his takeover years ago

Elon Musk has alluded to the fact that The Simpsons predicted his takeover of Twitter in a 2015 episode.

The episode titled “The Musk who fell to Earth” showcases Lisa Simpson feeding birds in a letter box with the label “Home Tweet Home.”

During the episode, Musk flies in on his rocket ship before meeting the Simpsons family.

Before Musk leaves, the show throws to the bird house. Lisa Simpson then says “I guess humanity wants its change one bird house at a time.”

Fans of the series have been quick to jump on its so-called prediction capabilities. They often draw parallels between the episodes and monumental events in history.

Lovers of the show are convinced it predicted Donald Trump’s Presidential run, Disney’s purchase of Fox and the 9/11 attacks.

More recently, they’re certain the show predicted England and America’s 2022 World Cup match in an 1997 episode.

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British lawmakers want to fine social media



Social media companies could be fined if they don’t remove harmful content, according to a new plan from the UK Government

Lawmakers want to make it illegal to encourage users to harm themselves online.

It’s part of a crackdown on online behaviour on content that leads to self harm.

In a statement, Digital Secretary Michelle Donelan said these firms “can no longer remain silent bystanders”.

She says they’ll face fines for allowing this abusive and destructive behaviour to continue on their platforms.”

It follows the death of Molly Russell in 20-17, which sparked concern for harmful content online.

A coroner ruled social media platforms fed her content that “romanticised acts of self-harm”.

Sexually explicit materials will also be banned under the new policy.

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Twitter adds millions of users after cutting staff



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Twitter boss Elon Musk says new user signups to the social media platform are at an “all-time high”.

That’s despite his recent struggles with a mass exodus of advertisers and users fleeing to other platforms.

Musk says signups to Twitter are averaging over two million per day over the past week.

Reported impersonations on the platform spiked earlier this month, before and in wake of the Twitter Blue launch.

Musk says buying Twitter will speed up his ambition to create an “everything app” called X.

Musk’s “Twitter 2.0 The Everything App” will have features like encrypted DMs, longform tweets and payments.

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