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Mercedes-Benz will use Tesla’s electric charging design for its North American cars. The German carmaker’s decision will allow it to use Tesla’s 12,000 superchargers. Meanwhile, Volkswagen’s self-driving car is ready for its first US test.
Joe Biden is going to the UK. The US president will meet with British prime minister Rishi Sunak and King Charles before heading to a NATO summit in Lithuania.
Alibaba’s Tongyi Wanxiang is coming for OpenAI’s DALL-E. The AI-powered image generator works from user prompts inputted in Chinese or English.
As of Friday, Meta’s answer to Twitter had 70 million signups (count Quartz as one). The college student tracking Elon Musk’s jet is Threading, Jack Dorsey is pissed, and Meta will now need to prove if it can meet expectations.
Here’s our thread on Threads:
Sales the US Postal Service notched from first-class mail delivery in 2022, accounting for 31% of its total revenue that year.
A price hike in Forever Stamps that took effect yesterday is projected to generate $44 billion in additional revenue by 2031. Economic forces, including inflation and lower mail volume, are making it more expensive to send snail mail. One stamp will now set you back 66 cents, up from 60 cents at the beginning of this year.
209,000: Jobs the US economy gained in June
240,000: Jobs that economists thought would be added
306,000: Jobs added in May
Growth in the labor market is still hot, but it is moderating. As Quartz’s Nate DiCamillo explains, in light of the shift, the Fed could well afford to hold off on raising interest rates this month—particularly if the next batch of inflation data, due out on July 12, also heads in a direction that pleases central bankers.
Wimbledon’s line judges may be replaced with AI. But can robots feel love?
Everyone is going to Albania. Between 2010 and 2019, the number of tourists visiting the Balkan country each year has tripled, reaching a peak of 3.3 million.
There’s a WeedWork. Yes, it’s a cannabis coworking space, and it’s more of a consumption lounge than office.
The climate on Mars had a dramatic shift 400,000 years ago. New data collected by China’s Zhurong rover shows dune changes coincide with the planet’s last ice age.
Cheap package holidays in the 1960s are being linked to soaring rates of skin cancer in the UK. Cases among adults age 55 and older have climbed 195% since the 1990s.
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