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NASA found Japan’s lost Moon lander. A satellite image detected where ispace’s private vehicle smashed into the lunar surface.
Apple is working with Broadcom to make 5G frequency components. It’s all part of the tech giant’s $430 billion investment in expanding its US manufacturing footprint.
Netflix began cracking down on password sharing in the US. Only users in the same household will be able to use the same code.
France banned short-haul domestic flights. The goal is to curb emissions for travel that can be done by train, but critics see the change as “mostly symbolic.”
Everyone is once again talking about Meta
We’ve only hit the mid-week point, and a barrage of updates from Facebook parent company Meta have us forgetting what day it is.
In case you missed it, Meta has already checked the following items off its weekly to-do list:
🤑 Realize it has a $11 billion reason not to leave the EU
💸 Face a record-breaking data privacy fine
💬 Bring editing to WhatsApp messages
🐦 Let Twitter sway its next social media ventures
A rupee change is drastically altering how Indians spend
10%: Share of Indian petrol pump payments that have been digital—as opposed to cash—beginning last Friday
The percentage of digital payments is usually 40%, but as the country withdraws 2,000-rupee notes from circulation, people are offloading the bills wherever they can. Neighborhood grocers, e-commerce sites, and high-end jewelers are all seeing a spurt in the use of the now-withdrawn currency notes. Read more about why Indians aren’t just bringing them to banks.
Pop quiz: Argentina’s quirky exchange rates
Most Argentines obtain cash through parallel markets, where the peso is valued at far less than it is on the official market. Multiple markets means multiple exchange rates, sometimes highly specific to a particular event or service.
Which one of these “dollars” has NOT been used in Argentina?
A. The Netflix dollar
B. The Coldplay dollar
C. The Qatar dollar
D. The Tom Brady dollar
Find the answer in a report by Quartz’s Julia Malleck, who looks at why, in a completely opposite move from India, Argentina is introducing 2,000-peso notes… and how the currency honors a suspected Nazi sympathizer.
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The US post office used to function as a public bank. Quartz economics reporter Nate DiCamillo is here to convince you that another kind of public bank—a public tech bank—could steer tech innovation in a more genuinely future-focused direction. It’s all in the latest episode of the Quartz obsession podcast.
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