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Nearly half of US banks are tightening their lending standards. If companies struggle to access loans, they might cut back on investment, slowing economic growth.
LinkedIn announced layoffs. The job site’s Chinese app InCareer got axed along with 716 positions.
Goldman Sachs agreed to settle a gender discrimination lawsuit for $215 million. The decade-long case was set to go to trial next month.
The White House wants airlines to pay for flight cancellations and delays. New rules would force airlines to go the extra mile in compensating passengers.
The US is investigating Shein over alleged ties to forced labor in China. The fast-fashion powerhouse is also being scrutinized for copyright infringement.
A match made in steelmaking heaven
A burgeoning Sino-Saudi relationship is expanding to encompass another major undertaking: decarbonizing steel production.
Last week, China’s Baosteel—the world’s largest steelmaker—signed a deal with state-owned oil giant Saudi Aramco and Riyadh’s sovereign wealth fund to jointly set up a steelmaking manufacturing base in Saudi Arabia. Read more about why the partnership feeds right into Baosteel’s internationalization plans, and may even give Saudi Arabia a leg up in sustainable steel manufacturing.
There’s just one app for that
Apple’s early App Store ads famously proclaimed, “There’s an app for that”—anything you wanted to do on your phone, the company insisted, you could do through an app.
But when smartphones came to China, there was just one app that really mattered—WeChat, the self-styled “superapp.”
In the latest episode of the Quartz Obsession podcast, host Scott Nover asks reporter Ananya Bhattacharya why Western tech companies are so fixated on building a superapp—or an “everything app,” as Elon Musk likes to say. And will they ever make it happen?
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📖 If reading’s more your thing, try the transcript, or learn more about why Elon Musk won’t be able to make a superapp.
The Great Recession did a number on stock ownership
In the wake of the turn-of-the-millennium dot-com bust, stock ownership in the US was more common from 2001 until 2008, when an average of 62% of US adults reported owning stocks. But getting past that 60% threshold has proven difficult in the last decade, even with the rise of trading apps. Read more.
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Correction: In yesterday’s Daily Brief, we were incorrect in saying that one of the first Starbucks locations to organize has voted to dissolve its union. Rather, they filed a petition to vote about dissolving the union.