🌍 Gas prices spooked by a strike

Plus: Hello Nasdaq, it’s Arm.

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European gas prices rose on fears of a looming strike in Australia. If workers at the North West Shelf liquid natural gas plant don’t reach an agreement on pay, it could affect global supply.

Arm filed for a Nasdaq listing. The UK-based chipmaker, owned by Japan-based SoftBank, has yet to provide an estimated share price. Its move to go public comes amid a particularly long dry spell for IPOs.


Tesla said its cyber breach was an insider job. The electric vehicle maker is suing two former staffers for leaking data linked to 75,000 employees and users.

The world’s largest pizza chain is closing 142 stores across Russia. DP Eurasia, Domino’s Russian franchise holder, is declaring bankruptcy, further cementing Russia’s economic isolation.


Meet the Pyxis Ocean, the shipping industry’s greener vessel

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What’s that you say? A cargo ship that isn’t a dirty oil guzzler? And one with a name and technology reminiscent of The Legend of Zelda?

The first vessel of its kind to be retrofitted with WindWings, the Pyxis Ocean set sail from China with the lofty goal of helping the maritime industry decarbonize. Take a look at its maiden voyage, by the digits:


30%: Average reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions with WindWings
37 m (121 ft): Size of the solid wing sails, made from the same material as wind turbines
6 weeks: Length of Pyxis Ocean’s journey from China to Brazil

AI companies are too cheap to pay for books

Big Tech has a habit of pinching pennies wherever people can be exploited, and now companies like Meta and OpenAI are using pirated books to train their artificial intelligence models.


A new study published in the Atlantic revealed how tech companies use books from shadow libraries, paying nothing for the content that trains and powers their large language models. It’s a shady practice that only adds to Big Tech’s history of using cheap content—and labor—to boost its profits.

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