🌎 AI frenzy boosts Apple

Plus: Evictions are skyrocketing in the US

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks before the start of the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference at its headquarters on June 05, 2023 in Cupertino, California.
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AI news briefly sent Apple’s market cap up by $67 billion. Bloomberg reported that Apple is developing its own version of ChatGPT and Bard.

Microsoft and Activision gave themselves more time to close their $69 billion deal. The two companies now have another three months to clear their final hurdle: the British government.


Netflix added 5.9 million subscribers in the last quarter. The streamer’s biggest challenge is now to build up its ad business.

Miami is feeling the Messi fever. Tickets for Inter Miami’s first game since officially signing Lionel Messi, scheduled for July 21, command three-digit prices, even if the Argentine star’s presence on the pitch is not yet guaranteed.


Quotable: Two Chinese e-commerce giants are squabbling

The intent and effect of Shein’s anticompetitive conduct is to exclude Temu so that Shein can charge higher prices to consumers while offering a smaller selection and lower quality.Temu’s lawsuit against Shein, filed in Massachusetts on July 14

The Chinese e-commerce platform Temu, known for fast fashion and cheap products, launched in the US less than two years ago, but it’s growing fast. The company, however, claims it could be growing faster still if its rival Shein wasn’t engaging in “exclusionary practices.” Quartz’s Ananya Bhattacharya looked into how a price war turned into a legal battle.

Evictions are skyrocketing in the US

Cities that put a moratorium on evictions during the pandemic are now seeing eviction filings far outpace what an average pre-pandemic year would bring. It’s a bit of a bullwhip effect, as property owners make up for lost time.

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And that’s not even the whole picture: the data doesn’t reflect lockouts, extreme rent increases, or lease terminations that push tenants out, as Quartz’s Clarisa Diaz explains.


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Daily fine Meta risks for breaching advertising laws in Norway

Norway is accusing Meta of harvesting troves of citizen data without consent and using the information for targeted advertising. A Norwegian regulator will levy a daily $100,000 fine on the tech giant until it complies with the nation’s advertising standards. Quartz’s Faustine Ngila detailed the regulator’s demands.


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