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Sony signed a deal with Microsoft. The Japanese company accepted a 10-year binding agreement to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation following Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard acquisition, the deadline for which is tomorrow (July 18).
Elon Musk said Twitter’s ad revenue has halved. The startling figure indicates the extent of the damage inflicted under the new ownership.
The US dollar is dipping. The greenback’s decline is a boon for tech companies, which generate a large share of their revenues internationally.
Never in the history of the US have so many Americans returned from work to an empty home, cooked dinners for one, watched Netflix by themselves, and slept in the very middle of their queen-sized beds.
Quartz’s global news editor Samanth Subramanian singled out in the latest Weekend Brief why the surge in solo households is not a wholly worrying development—in fact, some of the factors driving it are reasons to celebrate.
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Remote and hybrid work are changing real estate in the world’s biggest urban centers. In nine global cities, remote work is poised to wipe out up to $800 billion of office value by 2030. And that’s just the moderate projection.
“These are powerful substances, I don’t want to give that short shrift. But they also have powerful potential as well.” —US lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez during a Capitol Hill press conference last week
Lawmakers want to study how psychedelic drugs like psilocybin—the active component in magic mushrooms—and MDMA, also known as ecstasy, can treat post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and other ailments. A proposed defense bill seeks funding for that—but some hardline conservative amendments might make it hard to pass the Senate.
Cashews make a great pizza topping. Just ask diners from California’s Inland Empire.
A censored first account of Elizabeth I’s reign is now readable. A new technology is allowing historians to view the passages for the first time in 400 years.
A rave in an IKEA isn’t just a dream anymore. An old store in London will become a super club.
A 19-foot (5.8-meter) Burmese python was caught in Florida. The record-setting snake weighed 125 pounds (56.7 kg).
Tony Soprano and Lorelai Gilmore knew of each other. The shows reference one another and everyone’s mind is blown.
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