🌎 Netflix's great expectations

Plus: Where is Qin Gang?

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Netflix’s earnings are poised to show good news on subscriptions. As for concerns about the impact of the Hollywood strikes, that’s for another time.

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Charted: The rise of foreign investment in US manufacturing

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Foreign investment towards the US’s manufacturing sector last year more than doubled compared to pre-pandemic levels, thanks largely to measures such as the Inflation Reduction Act and the CHIPS Act. Quartz’s Mary Hui dived into the data and found that, contrary to widespread fear, those incentives have not triggered a a outflow of European investments to the US.


Where is Qin Gang?

Rumors are swirling about Chinese foreign minister and “wolf warrior” Qin Gang—appointed last December—who has not made a public appearance since June 25. Since that date, Qin has been conspicuously absent from a series of high-level diplomatic meetings.

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Some of the sit-downs with foreign officials that went on without the Chinese foreign minister:

📅 July 4: Josep Borrell, the EU’s top diplomat—canceled

📅 July 6-9: Janet Yellen, US finance chief—absent

📅 July 11: ASEAN summit in Jakarta—absent “for health reasons”

📅 July 17: Rodrigo Duterte, former Philippines president—absent

Questions about his disappearance have been widely censored on Chinese social media and elsewhere, and if he’s really sick, critics ask, why all the censorship?

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Don’t expect AI to be free forever

After unveiling the new AI-beefed up Bing search engine and making a slew of announcements about integrating OpenAI’s tech into its Office products, Microsoft now plans to start charging businesses to use its AI tools.

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Pricing plans for AI bots were always on the horizon; free lunches, after all, famously don’t exist. But let’s put it this way: Microsoft has invested $10 billion into OpenAI, and it’s going to want to recoup that money. And, as Quartz’s Michelle Cheng explains, it won’t be the only company to do so.


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