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Instagram Server Outage Affected Thousands of Users

After a global server outage which affected tens of thousands of users, Instagram resolved a techincal issue which according to the social media company, “caused some people to have trouble accessing Instagram.” Outage website showed over 100,000 incidents in the United States, more than 20,000 in Canada and above 56,000 in Britain.


Customs data from China unveiled that the Asian nation’s exports to North Korea surged in April when compared to year-on-year figures, noting wigs and fertilizers among major shipments. Chinese exports to North Korea propelled 69% in April from the same time last year to $166 million. Hair and wool used for wigs were worth around $11.6 million, and diammonium hydrogen phosphate exports quantified to $8.84 million.

Leaders of the Group of Seven forum which consists of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, have agreed to a fresh initiative towards countering economic coercion, while also pledged action to any actors attempting to weaponize economic dependence would face dire consequences. The initiative by the name of Coordination Platform on Economic Coercion, will utilize early warning and quick information sharing on economic coercion with members.


The U.S. dollar edged slightly lower to start the business week alongside major Asian currencies, with all eyes on the U.S. debt ceiling situation amid Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell presenting a less hawkish out look than projected. The dollar index, which tracks the greenback against other major currencies, inched 0.12% lower to 102.957.


Gold prices weakened on Monday morning despite the dollar greenback also losing strength which typically boosts demand for the precious metal. Investors are traders are pessimistically-awaiting more cues from the Federal Reserve regarding future interest rate hikes. Gold futures edged 0.16% lower to $1,978 per ounce.


Oil prices plummeted on Monday morning, starting the week on a bleak note as market participants are growing more cautious and pessimistic over market conditions amid the U.S. debt ceiling talks and further interest rate hikes. Brent futures fell 0.99% to $74.83 a barrel while WTI futures were hammered by 1.09% to $70.94 per barrel.


USA: S&P500 -0.14%, Dow Jones Industrial Average -0.33%, Nasdaq Composite -0.22%

Europe: FTSE 100 +0.19%, DAX +0.69% CAC 40 +0.61%

Asia: Nikkei 225 +0.90%, Hang Seng +1.60%, CSI 300 +0.63%, Nifty 50 +0.53%


Toyota and Daimler Agree to Combine Japan Truck Operations

Daimler and Toyota announced on Tuesday that they had entered a non-binding agreement to combine the businesses of their truck units in Japan. Under the partnership’s memorandum of understanding (MOU), the businesses of Daimler-owned Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corp and Toyota subsidiary Hino Motors would be combined under a holding company, as said in a statement.

OpenAI Has No Plans to Leave Europe

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman said on Friday that the corporation is not planning on leaving Europe and areas of the European Union, contrasting a threat made earlier in the week to exit the region if it becomes difficult to comply with stringent artificial intelligence laws. The European Union is drafting a first set of global rules to govern artificial intelligence and Altman believes that the current draft is “over-regulating”.

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