‘Social media has social responsibility’: Anthony Albanese blasts Elon Musk over violent videos

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says social media must recognise it has a social responsibility too and billionaire owner Elon Musk is wrong to argue orders to remove violent videos impinge on freedom of expression. eSafety commissioner Julie Inman Grant last week ordered a range of social media and messaging platforms to remove videos of the … Read more

Zurich, Oslo top list of world’s smartest cities

These are the ten smartest cities in the world, according to IMD. Anton Aleksenko | Istock | Getty Images Smart cities in Europe and Asia are gaining ground globally while North American cities have fallen down the ranks, according to the 2024 Smart City Index released April. Of the top 10 smart cities on the … Read more

Toyota’s Fifth-Generation Hybrid System Finally Made The Camry Fun To Drive

The Toyota Camry has always been a lot of good things — reliable, efficient, comfortable — but it’s never exactly been thrilling to drive. That has changed with the introduction of the ninth-generation Camry. For 2025, Toyota’s trusty midsize sedan has been pared down to just one powertrain option, a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine mated to … Read more

Exclusive | ‘Reform and opening up are not dead’, but today’s China ‘looks risky’: veteran observer David Lampton

Deng Xiaoping reflected his personal experience in the Cultural Revolution and earlier experience in Europe, and all this was reflected in the manner in which he promoted his policies. Then, president Jiang Zemin came along and not only reflected his experience in the Soviet Union but also his exposure to Western-style thinking in his youth … Read more

Dubai flooding and a climate change drain test the world is failing

Traffic diverts away from a flooded street in Sharjah on April 20, 2024, after the heaviest rainfall on record in the UAE. Ahmed Ramzan | Afp | Getty Images The Dubai flooding last week illustrated how urban engineering is failing a major climate change test. In a world marked by the increasing possibility of extreme … Read more

Bitcoin miners get into AI to survive halving

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Adam Sullivan left investment banking to mine bitcoin at an awkward time. It was May 2023, bitcoin was trading at around $21,000, U.S. regulators were in the thick of cracking down on the sector writ large, and Core Scientific, the company he had agreed to take over, was battling angry lenders in … Read more

House passes legislation that could ban TikTok in the US

The House passed legislation Saturday that would ban TikTok in the United States if the popular social media platform’s China-based owner doesn’t sell its stake within a year, but don’t expect the app to go away anytime soon. The decision by House Republicans to include TikTok as part of a larger foreign aid package, a … Read more

Tesla’s Elon Musk postpones India trip, aims to visit this year

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla. Antonio Masiello | Getty Images Elon Musk postponed a planned trip to India where he was to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, citing obligations at his Tesla automaker and saying he aimed to reschedule the visit for later this year. m “Unfortunately, very heavy Tesla obligations require that the visit to … Read more

Social media platform X pledges to fight e-Safety commissioner over Western Sydney church stabbing posts

Social media platform X has pledged to fight Australia’s online safety watchdog over posts about a stabbing at a Western Sydney church. The platform’s Global Government Affairs team on Saturday said Australia’s eSafety Commissioner had ordered it to remove some posts that commented on the attack. But it said the posts did not violate X’s … Read more

Bitcoin miner Gridless, backed by Block, builds site at Kenya volcano

HELL’S GATE, Kenya — Two-and-a-half hours northwest of Nairobi by car, a small group of bitcoin miners set up shop at the site of an extinct volcano near Hell’s Gate National Park. The mine, tucked away on the edge of Lake Naivasha, is operated by a startup called Gridless and consists of a single 500-kilowatt … Read more