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Pro-Palestinian demonstrators protest at Columbia University in New York.

CEOs pull millions from US universities over Hamas stance

Wealthy donors are “closing their wallets” in protest as tensions rise on US campuses over freedom of speech and academic leaders’ responsibilities.

  • Mark Jack
Photographs of some of those taken hostage by Hamas in their attacks are posted on a wall in Tel Aviv.

Digital super sleuths hunt for hostages in Gaza

Israel’s cybersecurity and intelligence sectors are working with grassroots experts in a search of online photos and videos to locate 203 people taken hostage by Hamas.

  • Shira Rubin
Elon Musk is fighting an uphill battle against the scourge of bots on X.

What Musk’s high-stakes plan to charge for tweeting really means

X, formerly known as Twitter, is charging $US1 a month for New Zealand and Philippines users to post in an experiment that could go global. So what’s Elon thinking now?

  • Nick Bonyhady
X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, has started a $US1-per-year subscription fee for new accounts.

Elon Musk’s X rolls out annual fee for new users

The $US1 fee for the social network formerly known as Twitter is being rolled out in New Zealand and the Philippines as a test.

  • Kelvin Chan
George Clooney as Ryan Bingham in the 2009 movie Up in the Air, who fired people for a job. Even he warned about firing people over the internet.

Downsizing by stealth: How not to lay off staff

Mass redundancies kicked up a gear this year as profits have been squeezed. But not all employers have been upfront about the cuts and some have done it better than others.

  • Euan Black
eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant said she was disappointed with the responses from X and Google.

Australia slaps Elon Musk’s X with a $600,000 fine

The eSafety Commissioner has issued Google an official warning and fined Elon Musk’s X $610,500.

  • Tess Bennett
Jim Jordan’s closeness with Donald Trump has given him unparalleled cachet with the party base.

Jordan activates right-wing pressure campaign for US Speaker job

Several of the legislator’s supporters have posted phone numbers of GOP lawmakers they count as holdouts, encouraging followers to call the Capitol switchboard.

  • Karoun Demirjian
Elon Musk is being sued by a student misidentified as an extremist.

How Elon Musk could beat his latest defamation lawsuit

The billionaire is no stranger to the courts when it comes to comments he’s made on social media.

  • Stephen Carter
Smoke rises following an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City.

EU extends disinformation warning to Zuckerberg after Hamas attack

Companies that fail to comply with the European Union’s Digital Services Act could face fines as high as 6 per cent of annual revenue or even be banned from the bloc.

  • Jillian Deutsch
Elon Musk.

EU threatens Musk with fines over Israel-Hamas disinformation on X

The EU has warned Elon Musk that there will be consequences if X doesn’t do more to moderate illegal content and disinformation related to the Israel-Hamas war.

  • Graham Starr
Linda Yaccarino

Why Linda Yaccarino took on the wildest job in Silicon Valley

Can the chief of the company formerly known as Twitter survive Elon Musk’s chaos and win back advertisers?

  • Updated
  • Hannah Murphy


New iPhone 15 Pro.

Apple’s new iPhones are hot - but not in a good way, say some users

Shortly after the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max were released, users across the world began reporting that the devices could become uncomfortably warm during use.

  • Chris Velazco
Keith Gill with his Roaring Kitty YouTube channel was a central figure in the meme stock frenzy.

The mystery of Keith Gill, the Dumb Money hero who crashed Wall Street

In 2021, he was hailed as an investing champion, now he’s the subject of a Hollywood film. But despite making millions, he’s nowhere to be found.

  • Boris Starling
WGA members used the multiple megaphones of Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Bluesky and more to deliver their message, on a daily or even hourly basis, throughout the 148 days of the strike.

Hollywood screenwriters beat the studios doing what they do best

In the court of public opinion, the studios got wiped out by the writers union, and none of their high-priced media consultants could do a thing about it.

  • Jason Bailey
TV anchor Fu Xiaotian interviews designer Diane von Furstenberg.

Chinese TV presenter had ‘surrogate’ child with foreign minister

Authorities are scrutinising the relationship between Qin Gang and Fu Xiaotian, although it remains unclear how central it was to the minister’s disappearance.

  • Ryan McMorrow, Sun Yu, Joe Leahy and James Kynge

The power of data: Forget Twitter, the party’s moved to WhatsApp

As Australians lose interest in sharing their opinions on social media platforms, they are instead jumping into group chats.

  • Mark Di Stefano
TikTok claims 8.5 million users in Australia, making it one of the largest social networks.

Hate speech doesn’t belong in misinformation laws: TikTok

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute conversely wants the planned laws strengthened, with authorities given power to bar social sites from the country.

  • Nick Bonyhady
The tentative accord represents a meaningful step toward stabilisation.

Striking screenwriters reach deal with Hollywood studios

The Writers Guild of America, which represents more than 11,000 screenwriters, reached a tentative deal on a new contract with entertainment companies.

  • Brooks Barnes and John Koblin
The cover of the Elon Musk biography.

The new Musk bio is more love letter than personal history

The entrepreneur’s much-anticipated biography has interesting anecdotes but is too uncritical of its flawed subject.

  • Mark Di Stefano
John Farnham allowed his classic rock anthem You’re the Voice in the Yes campaign for free.

John Farnham Voice ad hit by ‘scammer’ bots sowing hatred and division

The legendary singer has been the target of a social media manipulation campaign aimed at making “both sides hate each other”.

  • Max Mason