🌍 Tiny Topolino

Plus: The Twitter wannabees

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Fiat has a tiny new electric car. At just 2.53 meters (8.3 feet), the Italian carmaker’s Topolino is being marketed as an alternative to scooters for Gen Z consumers.

The world’s largest nuclear power plant is coming to Canada. Plans to expand Ontario’s Bruce Power plant would make it bigger than Japan’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa station.


Meta’s new Threads app reportedly won’t be available in the EU. The Facebook parent company is working through how data sharing regulations will affect its Instagram app and the new Twitter rival (more below).

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Owners of the grounded Indian airline Go First can now inspect the aircraft. A court ruling will allow maintenance on the planes, which haven’t taken flight since May.

Pros and cons of the Twitter wannabees

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Meta is the latest company to take on Elon Musk’s shrinking Twitter, and there’s reason to believe its new microblogging app Threads could pack a punch.

Pros: Instagram users will be able to log in with their existing credentials and can immediately begin posting, reposting, sharing, and liking content.


Cons: There has yet to be a fully successful Twitter rival, but Mark Zuckerberg, Meta’s CEO, seems confident he can pull this off.

Meta isn’t the only company looking to strike while the number of active Twitter users drops. Read more about what the likes of Mastodon, Spill, and Truth Social can and can’t offer.


Charted: The world just isn’t that into VC funding right now

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Late-stage venture capital funding hit its lowest level since 2018, and companies that raised funds in the hot VC market of 2021 are cutting jobs as they find it more difficult to move from seed funding to Series A, or from Series A to Series B rounds. But as Quartz reporter Nate DiCamillo explains, there is one bright spot in the downturn.

Rivian’s stock went for a joyride

After months of decline, the stock price of electric vehicle maker Rivian finally got a jolt. The US automaker delivered its first shipment outside of its home country—a fleet of 300 electric Amazon delivery vans to Germany—and investors eased their brake-happy feet.


But even with recent gains, the EV maker’s stock price is a far cry from its blockbuster debut in November 2021, when it surpassed General Motors and Ford in market cap. A series of supply chain and production snags sent shares into a tailspin, enough to unseat Rivian from the Nasdaq 100 in June. For now, the road ahead is at least turning in a better direction.

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