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Yahoo ditches China for good

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Yahoo has withdrawn its services from China, making it the second Western tech brand to leave the country

Yahoo says it has become “increasingly challenging” to operate within China which has a difficult business and legal environment.

The services have been unavailable in mainland China since November 1.

“In recognition of the increasingly challenging business and legal environment in China, Yahoo’s suite of services will no longer be accessible from mainland China as of November 1,”

Yahoo said in a statement.

This comes only a month after Microsoft removed access to LinkedIn within the country, citing similar concerns with the operating environment within the communist nation.

LinkedIn cited “more challenging operating environment and greater compliance requirements in China”.

China’s government requires internet companies to censor content deemed politically sensitive or inappropriate. Image: AP

The recent departures of the tech firms illustrate the changing operating environments within China

Chinese companies have replaced the platforms creating an alternative internet that follows the rules of censoring content and keywords that the government requires from them.

‘The Baidu’ search engine has largely replaced Yahoo and Google in China, and WeChat and Weibo are the leading social media platforms as apps like Facebook remain unusable within the nation.

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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FINALLY Twitter brings an edit button – but not for all

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Twitter is giving some users a much-needed edit button

The feature will be rolled out to Twitter Blue users in Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

It follows a series of trials, which apparently went quite well.

U.S. tweeters will have to wait a little longer, with the company saying it is “coming soon”.

The ‘Edit Tweet’ function will allow people to make changes to their Tweet after it’s been published.

In a company blog post, Twitter says that users should think of it as a short period of time to fix things like typos, and add missed tags.

The tool will let users edit a tweet up to five times within 30 minutes of posting.

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Google shuts down its translation services in China

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Google has shut down its translation services in China

The tech giant believes there aren’t many users in mainland China. Instead, users are now being shifted to the Hong Kong service.

Speaking to The Hill, Google says it has struggled to gain support in China amid strong competition from local search engines.

It follows a 2018 decision to give the Chinese people the opportunity to view content, which has been restricted under the country’s strict government regulations.

But this never went ahead after local authorities and Google’s own staff criticised the move.

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Crowdfunding campaign buys tank for Ukrainian army

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Crowdfunding campaign in the Czech Republic has successfully raised more than $1.3 million to buy a modernised tank for the Ukrainian army

A crowdfunding campaign, dubbed “a gift for Putin”, received donations from over 11,000 individuals and is presumably the first purchase of its kind.

The fund was backed by the Czech defence ministry and Ukraine’s embassy in Prague.

As Vladimir Putin’s 70th birthday approaches, the defence minister of the Czech Republic joked his nation has “a great birthday present” for the Russian leader.

Ukraine’s ambassador to Prague says the gift is a concrete demonstration of solidarity and practical assistance from the Czech Republic.

The tank is a Soviet-era T-72. It has been modernised and named Tomas.

The Czech Republic has also sent a range of non-lethal military equipment, including night vision goggles and first-aid kits, to Ukraine.

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