Friday Five: New petrol and diesel cars banned from 2030

1. New petrol and diesel cars banned from 2030

A ban on new cars and vans powered wholly by petrol and diesel will come into force in the UK in 2030, according to Boris Johnson. The prime minister added that some hybrids would still be allowed as he outlined a “green industrial revolution” to tackle climate change and create jobs in industries such as nuclear energy.

2. Twitter Fleets jump on the Stories bandwagon

Twitter is rolling out a new feature across the world called Fleets: tweets that disappear after 24 hours, as it joins Instagram and Facebook in copying Snapchat’s successful Stories feature. Twitter says it hopes the feature will encourage people to post without having to worry about others liking or sharing their tweets.

3. New feature makes Zoombombers blow up

Zoom has introduced a feature that lets users temporarily pause meetings if they are disrupted by ‘Zoombombers’. As Zoom usage skyrocketed during the pandemic (amazing to think most of us had never heard of Zoom a year ago), hackers found ways to invade calls to display shocking videos and disruptive content.

4. Facebook moderators demand Covid help

More than 200 content moderators at Facebook across Europe and the US have signed an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg demanding better Covid-19 protection. They say management has put their lives at risk by forcing them back to the office, especially as full-time Facebook employees are working from home until July 2021.

5. Is this cat chat app the purr-fect solution?

A lot of cat owners would argue they can already tell what their pet is trying to say, but just in case an engineer has developed an app that aims to translate your cat’s miaow. MeowTalk records the sound and then tries to identify the meaning. Currently the database has 13 phrases including ‘“Feed me”, “I’m angry” and “leave me alone”.

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