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The Great Firewall of China

And Instagram, and Google, and Twitter! It’s a party.

We all know China’s pretty strict on the websites and apps their citizens can use while in Chinese territory, which is why normally they don’t have access to our favorite social and search platforms.

An app called Tuber launched on Friday and gave Chinese internet users a golden key to YouTube, Facebook and other foreign websites. Users could download the app on Huawei’s app store and gain access after registering their phone number and ID info.

Two days later? The app disappeared from Huawei’s app store or Apple’s App store. Also suspect is Tuber’s website, which seems to have been taken offline.

Qihoo 360, who backs Tuber, hasn’t released any statements yet and neither has the Chinese government. Did the Chinese government block the app or force them to take it down? That’s what it looks like!

Oh China, so overprotective of your internet.

If they keep playing their cards like this, it opens the opportunity for someone to create a Chinese-friendly, filtered Google, if you will, which then has ramifications of fake news and lawsuits.

We’ll keep you posted on what actually happened here, whether China’s government is to blame or something went wrong with the app (we’re betting on the former).

Drinking on the Job

It’s okay, we’ve all done it… but now, British pubs are turning their businesses into remote working hubs.

Don’t worry, there isn’t any alcohol involved, but they are selling “hot-desking packages” that are around $15 a day and include unlimited coffee, tea, wifi and a meal.

Where TF is this in the US!?

Jenny Hutchinson manages The Culcheth Arms pub in Warrington and says she hopes this “will allow people to actually be within the hustle and bustle again and not go insane by staring at the same four walls.”

It’s clearly a win-win for everyone since pubs and restaurants alike have struggled with closures and reopens, what they can and cannot serve and lower capacity. Plus, as we know in the US, some major cities like Los Angeles still can’t even offer dining indoors.

UK pubs have struggled with a 10pm curfew that was recently put into place to help curb a second wave of COVID-19. Offering this has had a hugely positive response by most pubs who are open to the idea.

Another great example of businesses pivoting and doing what they can to not just survive, but offer what their customers need most right now.

Will this type of arrangement take off in the US? Hit reply and give us your predictions.

Screw Walking, Let’s Fly on Water

Startup ZeroAvia is changing the airline game with their hydrogen fuel cell-powered passenger aircraft, an aircraft that just took flight, making history for the first time.

The flight was 20 minutes long and the aircraft was a commercial-sized Piper that’s been refitted for the hydrogen fuel cells, something that companies are testing in dump trucks and pickup trucks (they’ve clearly got a thing for trucks).

ZeroAvia’s been around 2017 and is based out of London and California. Next on this list is a 250-mile-long zero-emissions flight, which would be a trip similar to San Francisco to Los Angeles.

This may not seem like big news to you, but if hydrogen air travel becomes a thing, it means zero emissions, obviously, but also a lower price tag of ownership and lower operating costs. CEO Val Miftakhov is hoping for commercial flights by 2023.

Would you take a flight on a hydrogen-fueled plane or do you not trust it yet? Hit reply and give us your feedback.

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