I noticed the new features in the latest update. As others have complained, they are not features I use or need. I suspect the majority of users have the same sentiment. Opera should stop pushing 'news' in start page and social media sites like 'instagram', 'whatsapp', etc. The more Opera pushes these garbage on its users, the more it becomes irrelevant to users like me. I've been using Opera for well over 16 years. I remember how the browser was before it was sold to the Chinese.
Today's Opera browser reflects the values of its Chinese paymasters. Privacy has taken a back seat. That's the way they operate in China. It's a shame what Opera has become. Fortunately, there are quite a few worthy browser alternatives available today. I find myself using Opera less and less as it becomes a Chinese spying tool. Soon, there won't be a compelling reason for me to continue using Opera.