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Travel hopes dashed – BA announces thousands of flight cancellations

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British Airways cancels thousands of flights through the month of July

Britain’s biggest airline told airport slot authorities that it was cancelling more than 650 flights from Heathrow and Gatwick in a bid to avoid repeating last month’s overcrowding and chaos, according to The Telegraph.

“As the entire aviation industry continues to face into the most challenging period in its history, regrettably it has become necessary to make some further reductions.”

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Airlines and airports across Britain are dealing with a staffing crunch.

Layoffs and redundancies made during the pandemic have come back to bite air operators as demand for air travel surges.

On Monday, EasyJet’s Chief Operations Officer, Peter Bellew, resigned from his post amid thousands of cancellations in June.

EasyJet’s Chief Operations Officer resigned on Monday following thousands of EasyJet flight cancellations leading up to July

An EasyJet spokesperson said that Mr Bellew had “resigned to pursue other business opportunities”.

On Sunday, footage emerged of an EasyJet flight being escorted by a Spanish Air Force jet.

Spanish authorities said it was in response to a bomb threat, which later turned out to be a hoax.

The EasyJet flight from London Gatwick to Menorca landed without incident.

Passengers were screened one by one and bomb disposal experts checked all luggage.

Spanish authorities said an 18-year-old British man had posted the bomb threat to his social media page and was detained.

An EasyJet spokesperson thanked passengers for their understanding but did not go into further details.

Simon is a ticker NEWS corespondent in London. Simon started his career in his hometown of Sydney as a news video producer for NineMSN, then moved to the UK with Good Morning Britain on ITV, followed by a TV reporter for a local news service in Manchester in England’s north. Simon joins ticker News after several years in the London headquarters of ITN Productions as a news producer, and as an assistant news editor for ITV News.

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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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