Twitter Inc.

will test a new “Safety Mode” feature,

which aims to reduce online abuse and trolling.

The new mode will target accounts that use hateful words

or harass people with uninvited comments and suspend the

accounts for seven days.

Facebook Inc.’s Instagram

will begin requiring users

to confirm their birthdays in a bid to create new safety features

for young people. The company, which has previously explored

creating a version of its app for users under 13, said in a blog

post it will use the information to “ensure we provide the right

experiences to the right age group.”

Apple Inc.

will ask all its employees in the United States

to report their COVID-19 vaccination status voluntarily by mid-September,

regardless of whether they are working in an office or remotely.

The company said it will use the data to plan its future pandemic

response and reopening protocols, though Apple still hasn’t made

vaccines mandatory for its employees.

Apple said Arizona and Georgia

will be the first states to

support iOS 15’s ability to store driver’s licenses and state ID cards

in the Wallet app, with Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland,

Oklahoma and Utah to follow. The company did not offer a date for

when the feature will go into effect in these states, though customers

will be required to submit a selfie when they upload a photo of

their ID card or license.


kicked off test flights of electric vertical

take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft – colloquially referred

to as “flying cars” – with Joby Aviation, the Northern California

company that recently went public.