Weekly Round-Up: Top 5 News Stories of the Week

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2 Rob Ashley
It’s been a busy week. From Hollywood’s most famous landmark changing its look, to China’s mysterious issue with the New York Times. Here are 5 news stories that you just can’t miss.

Sweden

Sweden’s Six-Hour Workday Turns Out to be Too Expensive

Sweden recently experimented with an idea that many of us dream of: a six-hour workday. Unfortunately, the experiment concluded that the costs outweigh the benefits, and the experiment will not be made permanent. These are bad news for proponents of shorter work-days, who claim that lowering the number of hours would lead to more productivity through a happier and healthier workforce. The experiment shows that employees were indeed happier and healthier, but more staff needed to be hired to make up for the shorter hours, making the costs too high to maintain the new workday as a new standard.

The Iconic Hollywood Sign Gets Changed To Read "Hollyweed"
Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images

The Famous Hollywood Sign Got a Surprise Facelift

California visitors who have flocked to see the Iconic ‘Hollywood’ sign that dominates the hills over Los Angeles, were in for a surprise. Thanks to a prank by a local artist, the sign was changed to read ‘Hollyweed’ instead. Surveillance footage showed a man dressed in black using tarps to cover parts of the sign to turn the ‘O’s into ‘E’s, but so far, the prankster has not been arrested. Usage of marijuana for recreational use was only recently legalized in California, so the prankster might have referred to that. Or perhaps, they just wanted people to laugh.

China Tells Trump to Stop with the Tweets

China sent a message to the United States’ President Elect, Donald Trump, though its government-own news service, telling him in a not-so-subtle way to stop using Twitter. The message stated that diplomacy could not be done in 140-character snippets, and should not be done in the public manner that Donald Trump is known for. Trump has been a critic of China even before the US elections, and since the results came in, he took to Twitter to slam the Asian superpower about Taiwan and North Korea.

TWITTER

Twitter is an exceedingly popular social networking website. Users may post and read short 140-character status updates, known as “tweets.” With only 3,300 employees, the company generates $660 million per year, and will likely see an increase in revenue in the coming years as Twitter expands its advertising services.

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Apple Pulls the New York Times App from its AppStore in China

Speaking of the sensitive relationship between China and the US. The Chinese Government requested that the New York Times’ app be pulled from the Apple Appstore. The popular American newspaper allegedly broke a Chinese law. Yet, neither China nor Apple would comment on what exactly the NYT did. Apple’s compliance with Chinese demands shows just how much sway the Asian government has over western companies.

APPLE

On April 1st, 1976, Apple Inc. was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne. Today, the global tech giant designs, develops, and sells consumer electronics, computer software, online services, and personal computers. Apple is best known for the iPod, iPhone, and Mac computers.  Its online services include the iCloud, iTunes Store, and App Store.

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Disconnect

France’s New Job Laws Acknowledges the Right to ‘Log Off’

We’ve all been there. The day is done, you’re out of the office, but then your boss sends you an urgent email that you have to take care of, even though you’re done working for the day. Well, France has passed new labor laws that say employees can choose to not answer after work hours. According to these new laws, workers have a “right to disconnect.” The law is meant to prevent the burnout that happens when workers are forced to always be available for their workplace thanks to new technology. Thanks to the new law, off-work hours may indeed be off-work.