🌎 Costco's crackdown

Plus: Bad news about rainforests

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Costco got stricter on memberships. The retailer is taking extra steps to enforce its members-only policy.

Meta introduced new privacy protections for minors. Facebook and Instagram’s parent company introduced supervision powers—but only if the user agrees to it.


The US sanctioned four companies that helped fund the Wagner Group. The companies operated an illicit gold trade in Africa.

Diageo North America and Sean “Diddy” Combs are ending their 15-year partnership. The rapper-turned-entrepreneur accused the world’s biggest spirits maker of racial discrimination in a lawsuit last month.


Gustav Klimt’s “Lady with a fan” broke an auction record. The artist’s final masterpiece went under the hammer for the first time in nearly three decades.

The world lost a Switzerland-sized chunk of tropical forest in 2022

Rainforest destruction increased last year, according to an annual report from the World Resources Institute, despite global pledges to reverse the trend by the end of the decade. Scientists say that preserving these ecosystems is vital to slowing climate change and protecting biodiversity. The biggest losses came in Brazil, where rainforests continue to be cut down to further economic development.

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There’s some good news: Indonesia and Malaysia kept forest loss at record low levels, and total global forest cover loss slowed 10% compared to 2021. However, that was mainly attributed to an unusually quiet fire season in Russia. With major wildfires already burning in Canada, 2023 may not be so lucky.


Pop Quiz: Which iconic bag set a precedent for IP laws in the world of NFTs?

A. Gucci’s Jackie 1961

B. Hermès’s Birkin

C. Chanel’s 2.55

D. Dior’s saddle bag

A New York court has found that digital creator Mason Rothschild (real name Sonny Estival) lied to consumers about the non-fungible token collection inspired by the bag design. Faustine Ngila explores why the judgement delivers another blow to an industry that has been struggling in recent months.


The US summer BBQ is still pricey

Retail food prices for many summer staples remain higher than this time last year as falling commodity prices are still making their way from wholesalers to consumers.

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⏫ What’s still up? Well, beef, buns, beers, cheese, and potato chips.

⏬ What’s come down? The chicken—and the egg.

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