🌎 Chip of controversy

Plus: AMC needed Barbenheimer more than us |

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Limited (TSMC), the world's most valuable semiconductor company at Hsinchu Science Park on September 16, 2022 in Hsinchu, Taiwan
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TSMC blamed a lack of skilled US workers for delays in opening a plant in Arizona. The chips manufacturer triggered a controversy by seeking to import workers from Taiwan to train the new employees.

Donald Trump’s media company cleared a final hurdle to go public. Its partner in the SPAC deal has settled charges of securities fraud.


Apple opposed a UK government effort to bypass privacy features. The tech giant threatened to remove iOS features like iMessage in the country should the proposal become law.

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Broadway shows must go on—for now. A union representing theater workers struck a preliminary deal to improve wages and labor conditions, avoiding a strike.

No one needed Barbenheimer more than AMC

If you think Barbenheimer is just an internet meme juxtaposing the release of two films released today in the US—Barbie and Oppenheimer—you’re not giving marketers enough credit. AMC said more than 20,000 moviegoers have already booked double features for the two films.

The once-meme-stock-darling theater chain hasn’t seen its revenue return to pre-pandemic levels. A projected $200 million opening weekend for Barbenheimer might just be the extra large popcorn with butter that AMC ordered.

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Italy’s heat waves are hellish—in nature and in name

As record-breaking heat waves sweep across Italy and the rest of Europe, their dangers are proving fatal. But also capturing headlines are the heat waves’ evocative appellations, all straight out of classical mythology.


🐕🐕🐕 Cerberus: Hell’s three-headed hound

🔱 Charon: The ferryman of the underworld

🐍 Minos: The serpent-tailed judge

Not all scientists agree on naming heat waves. Some see it as a distraction, while others argue it makes people more aware of the danger of climate change. Quartz’s Gabriela Riccardi spoke to the meteorology engineer who’s coming up with the names and is clearly a fan of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy.


The world’s largest office building, by the digits

65,000: Employees
4,700: Office spaces
131: Elevators
7: Maximum minutes it takes to reach any office from any of the building’s entry gates, apparently


The building is in India’s gem capital and just stole the title of world’s biggest office from the Pentagon.

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