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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NBCUniversal has ostensible pruning goals. What the company says is an annual tidying of trees served to neatly remove shade from a picket line during a heat wave.
We don’t know as much about carbon as we thought. Scientists just detected its existence in the cosmic dawn—which upends some previous assumptions about how it even came to exist.
#EggFreezing is all over TikTok. The hashtag has been viewed more than 124 million times, and Gen Zers are getting in on the trend.
A particular genetic variant may explain why some people never got sick with covid. If you never got symptoms, you probably have your HLA-B*15:01 to thank.
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