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World’s first city to charge tourists for visiting

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If you’re lucky to be heading abroad this summer, a visit to the famous canals in Venice, Italy might be on your itinerary, but beware of new fees to come.

Venice will charge most of its visitors an entry fee from next year as it tries to tackle overcrowding.

The city’s tourism chief says Venice are pioneers and will be the first city in the world to apply a measure that could be revolutionary.

From mid January next year, day-trippers must book their visit online before travelling.

They will pay a basic fee of 3 euro, which will rise to 10 euro at peak times.

Tourism is bouncing back in Venice after the pandemic with daily visitors again often outnumbering the 50-thousand residents of the city centre.

The scheme will be closely watched by other popular tourist destinations, overwhelmed with travellers around the world.

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This investor sold its equity stake in Twitter during Musk takeover saga

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A Securities and Exchange filing has showed active investor Elliott Management has sold its equity stake, as well as cutting its exposure, to Twitter

The company previously held 10 million stocks in the social media giant, and was one of its major shareholders.

Twitter’s stock price dramatically rose in April, on the back of Elon Musk wanting to buy the company for approximately $44billion.

The after-effects of the takeover saga are still ongoing, with the billionaire and Twitter embroiled in a legal battle.

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Why a Bitcoin mining company is going against a major merger

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Bitcoin mining company PrimeBlock has ended plans to go public via a specialpurpose acquisition company (SPAC) merger with 10X Capital.

The firms terminated the agreement via mutual consent, according to a US Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

Plans for the merger were confirmed in April, with expectations that it would be completed in the second half of 2022, carrying an enterprise value of $1.25billion.

No official reason has been given for the decision, but it is believed the volatility of both the crypto and mainstream markets in recent months may be a factor.

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American Airlines is getting into supersonic travel with major Boom order

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What was once a pipe dream – to fly as they did on the Concorde – American Airlines is bringing back supersonic travel.

The US airline has agreed to purchase 20 supersonic Overture planes from Boom Supersonic.

The deal is the second firm order in the last two years for Boom, which is still years from building its first commercial airplane. 

“Passengers want flights that are faster, more convenient, more sustainable and that’s what Overture delivers,” Boom CEO Blake Scholl told CNBC.

“Flight times can be as little as half as what we have today, and that works great in networks like American where we can fly Miami to London in less than five hours.”

Last year United Airlines made a commitment to buy 15 Overture jets.

Boom says the Overture jet will dramatically cutting trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific flight times. 

“Supersonic travel will be an important part of our ability to deliver for our customers,” American’s chief financial officer, Derek Kerr, said in a statement announcing the order.

American has the option to purchase another 40 Overtures in the future.

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