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Twitter ditches ‘fleets’ stories feature – but what will replace it?

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After eight months, Twitter is saying goodbye to its ‘fleets’ feature

The social media platform will ditch its Instagram stories copycat. Starting on August 3rd, users will instead just see active Spaces — Twitter’s live audio chat rooms — at the top of their timelines.

Twitter’s decision to scrap its stories feature isn’t just an admission that the feature didn’t work, but goes to show that the company still hasn’t figured out how to get people onto the platform.

Twitter’s history of struggle

For years, Twitter has struggled to get new users to post regularly and not just consume other people’s tweets. Fleets was its shot at using Stories, the popular social media format invented by Snapchat and further popularised by Instagram, to lower the pressure around tweeting.

Twitter’s Vice President of Product, Illya Brown says, “we built Fleets to address some of the anxieties that hold people back from Tweeting, Fleets are mostly used by people who are already Tweeting to amplify their Tweets and talk directly with others.”

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  • 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. 

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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Major changes coming to Google on Android

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If your device is running Android 2.3.7 or older, you won’t be able to sign in to your Google account on that device

If you have an Android device that’s running on Android 2.3.7 or older, you won’t be able to sign in to your Google account anymore.

Google products and services like Gmail, YouTube, and Maps will no longer work on the old devices.

Google says it’s part of ongoing efforts to keep users safe to phase out old technology.

What happens if you miss the deadline?

If you’re on Android 2.3.7 or older after that September 27th deadline, you’ll still be able to use some Google services if you’re logged in on your device’s browser, according to Google.

But Google says devices on Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) will continue to be able to log in to Google accounts.

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  • 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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Lilium takes to Brazillian skies after signing $1 billion deal with Azul

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German electric jet start-up company Lilium announced on Monday that it will be entering a $1 billion commercial deal with Brazilian airline Azul.

Lilium takes to Brazilian skies

The partnership will see 220 of Lilium’s jets, which are designed to take off and land vertically, in Brazillian skies within the next five years.

The initiative is part of a new electric vehicle take off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft network which could radically change high speed regional travel for the country.

Daniel Wiegand, Co-Founder and CEO of Lilium says the partnership will bring further success to the Brazilian aircraft company.

“Azul has brought convenient and affordable air travel to underserved markets across the Americas and this makes them an ideal partner for Lilium,” says Wiegand.

“We’re excited to work with Azul’s seasoned team to deploy a co-branded eVTOL network in Brazil.”

The seven-seater jets are expected to cost $4.5 million to produce, according to CNBC who spoke with Alex Asseily, Lilium’s chief strategy officer. 

Additionally, they’re expected to reach speeds of 175 miles an hour, while covering a 155 mile range.

Lilium seven-seater passenger jets to transform travel

Brazil is home to one of the world’s leading civilian helicopter and business aviation markets that sees close to 100 million domestic passengers annually.

Because of this, John Rodgerson, CEO of Azul, says they have the full potential to implement the eVTOL market in the country as the demand for it exists. 

“Our brand presence, our unique route network, and our powerful loyalty program give us the tools to create the markets and demand for the Lilium Jet network in Brazil,” Rodgerson says.

“As we did in the Brazilian domestic market over the last 13 years, we look forward to again, now with the Lilium Jet, working to create a whole new market in the years to come.”

Since Azul’s founding in 2008, Chairman David Neeleman says the Brazilian Aviation market has since doubled with the company, capturing almost 60 percent of the growth. 

“We know how to create and grow new markets, and once again we see a huge market opportunity by bringing the Lilium Jet to Brazil.”

 

Written by Rebecca Borg

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Which tech giant does Elon Musk have his sights set on as a future CEO?

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk will release an autobiography later this year, and one of the stories apparently indicates he wants a new job

Elon Musk is set to release his own book later this year. The autobiography will document his time as the head of Tesla, as well as some insights into his personal life.

One of the featured stories in the book reportedly will be about how Musk wants to one day take over the stop spot at Apple.

Last month Musk said he hates running Tesla, and would much prefer to spend his time designing and engineering.

Elon Musk doesn’t want to be CEO of Tesla

This comes after Tesla’s billionaire founder spoke at the start of a trial last month. The firm’s board members accused him of pressuring them into a multi billion dollar deal to buy a solar panel firm.

During the court hearings, Musk said he’d much rather be in a design capacity at Tesla compared to running the company.

He’s also denied exerting pressure on board members, saying that the deal was part of a “master plan” to create affordable vehicles with green power supplies.

Shareholders want Musk to repay Tesla the $2.6bn in full.

If they are successful, it would be one of the largest ever judgements against an individual.

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