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Facebook’s week from hell

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Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus and Facebook Messenger crashed Tuesday morning. All the Facebook-owned sites were down for six hours.   It’s been described as the company's worst outage since 2008 and Facebook lost $99.75 million in income during the downtime.  The following day a Facebook whistleblower fronted a US Senate inquiry calling on the US government to do more to reign in Facebook.   The Australian newspaper’s technology editor David Swan joins us to consider Facebook’s future. Is it on the wane….?  Will a competitor knock it off its perch…?  Or will Facebook begin to thrive so we can scroll for years and years to come…?   TODAY'S HEADLINES PM, ministers foreshadow social media reform and responsibility for tech giants Accelerated NSW roadmap sparks backlash from teachers and doctors US judge blocks controversial Texas abortion law Kylie Minogue is coming home Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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    Dr Yves Rees, the trans historian leaning into the messiness of gender identity

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    Dr Yves Rees (they/them) is an award-winning writer, podcaster and historian.      When Yves was 30-years-old, they came to the understanding that they’re trans. After being called Anne for their three decades on this earth, Yves had to not only grapple with their own knowledge that they were not a woman - but other people’s reactions as well.    Jamila Rizvi and Yves discuss their new memoir ‘All About Yves’, which tells their journey of re-becoming, at the same time laying bare the messiness of gender and identity through the lens of history.     THE WEEKEND LIST with Tait McGregor:  Watch: Sex Education (Netflix)  Watch: Maid (Netflix)  Listen: Optimist by FINNEAS  Cook: Toasted Sesame Cookies (FOOD52)  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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    Immunocompromised: the forgotten people

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    Simone, a Briefing listener, reached out to ask us to do an episode on the plight of immunocompromised Australians.   Many have terminal illness, or are not able to mingle freely in the community because of their condition.  So what does their future hold?   We invited Simone to join the Briefing panel in talking to Dr Sarah Sasson, a Clinical Immunologist at the Kirby Institute at UNSW.  Dr Sarah tells us things are looking up.  While Simone is right to have concerns, the future is a lot brighter than it may have looked, even a few months ago.   In this Briefing, we explore the future for Australians with reduced immunity – a critical debate about the future of those we love who are already battling dangerous health conditions.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Wealthy warn investors will abandon Australia without net zero target Prince William calls out billionaire space race Victoria holds course on reopening as mandatory jabs come into effect Fears up to 600 given Covid exemptions by QLD anti-vaxxer Half-shredded Banksy artwork goes back under the hammer Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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    Malcolm Turnbull’s campaign to change Australia’s energy future: Part Two

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    Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is determined to change Australia’s energy future.   He’s teamed up with mining magnate and billionaire Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest, to lobby here and overseas for governments to adopt green hydrogen energy.  Mr Turnbull says it’s Australia’s future….and we can lead the way globally in reducing emissions and contributing to reversing global warming.   Mr Turnbull will head to the UN’s climate summit in Glasgow in November.  We’re still not sure whether Prime Minister Scott Morrison will attend.    In the second instalment of our interview, we ask about the right-wing climate change deniers….and if Mr Turnbull will resent Scott Morrison’s moves to take Australia to net zero emissions, a move that ultimately ended Mr Turnbull’s prime ministership.   TODAY'S HEADLINES NSW urges Commonwealth to do more on climate change Victoria approaches early escape from lockdown AZ production to wind up as Pfizer applies for child jabs Bali to reopen but not for Australians William Shatner reaches the final frontier as the oldest person in space Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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    Malcolm Turnbull’s campaign to change Australia’s energy future: Part One

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    Space tourism: how long before ordinary Aussies blast off?

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    Briefing listener, Laura, contacted us asking for an episode on the commercial space race….and in particular, when Australians should expect to be able to fly on rockets at an affordable price.   Professor Alan Duffy is an astronomer at Swinburne and Lead Scientist of the Royal Institution of Australia.  He says there are three main players – Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic; Elon Musk’s Space X; and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin. They’re billionaire’s competing for dominance in the burgeoning space tourism sector.   So how long will it be before Australians can afford to blast off into space?  And when seats are commonplace, how much will it cost.   TODAY'S HEADLINES Nation’s eyes on NSW as state becomes first to live with Covid Melbourne men accused of WA Grand Final breach to face court Government, families disappointed by release of Afghan soldier-killer Prince Charles calls on Morrison to attend Glasgow climate summit Brisbane to get new NRL team Follow The Briefing Instagram: @thebriefingpodcast  Facebook: TheBriefingNewsAU Twitter: @TheBriefingAU  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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    Are we headed for a global economic meltdown?

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    Harley Breen, the comedian who grew up without television and now graces our screens

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    Facebook’s week from hell

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