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Juliet Bennett Rylah • 2 days ago

How America’s pickups are changing

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Jacob Cohen • January 27, 2023

Is it the egg alternatives’ time to shine?

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Juliet Bennett Rylah • January 27, 2023

Adults are obsessed with a preschooler cartoon

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Sara Friedman • January 25, 2023

What the past year of tech lobbying looked like

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Jacob Cohen • January 25, 2023

Is it possible to get younger?

Everlasting youth used to require a magic fountain or a friendly vampire. But 45-year-old tech entrepreneur Bryan Johnson employs a different method called Project Blueprint,...
Juliet Bennett Rylah • January 25, 2023

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Juliet Bennett Rylah • January 25, 2023

Would ChatGPT get a Wharton MBA?

That’s the question posed by professor Christian Terwiesch from the University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Wharton School of Business. Terwiesch’s recent curiosity led him …
Jacob Cohen • January 25, 2023

Where are the missing shopping carts?

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Juliet Bennett Rylah • January 24, 2023

Is India Apple’s next frontier?

Yesterday, India’s commerce minister Piyush Goyal noted that Apple could make 25% of all iPhones in his country by 2025, up from 5%-7% today. It’s...
Jacob Cohen • January 24, 2023

Why are there so many tech layoffs?

On Monday, Spotify became the latest tech giant to shrink its staff, announcing it would cut ~600 workers, or 6% of its workforce. That brings...
Mark Dent • January 24, 2023

Digits: Accountants, the egg-conomy, and more wild new numbers

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Jacob Cohen • January 23, 2023

Showing no signs of chill, Netflix enters its next phase

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The Hustle • January 23, 2023

An underwear lawsuit, explained

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Juliet Bennett Rylah • January 23, 2023

China’s economy slowed down in 2022

Last year, the Chinese economy expanded at its slowest annual rate of growth since 1976. The country’s National Bureau of Statistics reported a drop from...
Jacob Cohen • January 19, 2023

RIP, AmazonSmile

Amazon is sunsetting its AmazonSmile program, which allows shoppers to donate a percentage of purchases to their charity of choice, by Feb. 20. The news...
Juliet Bennett Rylah • January 19, 2023

Why do restaurant workers fund a lobbying group that keeps their wages low?

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Sara Friedman • January 19, 2023

Did TikTok help scale the tinned fish industry?

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Jacob Cohen • January 19, 2023

Meta’s board wants new nudity guidelines

Activists have long advocated to “free the nipple,” and that debate continues online. Men can post as many shirtless bathroom selfies as they please, but...
Juliet Bennett Rylah • January 19, 2023

Amazon is playing 4D chess now

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Samir Javer • January 18, 2023

A tense situation at the happiest place on earth

Nelson Peltz wants to “restore the magic” at Disney. Last week, the renowned 80-year-old activist investor revealed plans to launch a proxy fight for a...
Jacob Cohen • January 18, 2023

Digits: Fireball, the IRS, T-Swift, and more news numbers

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Jacob Cohen • January 17, 2023

What to know about Tesla slashing prices

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Jacob Cohen • January 17, 2023

TikTok’s new plan to avoid getting banned in the US

The TikTok algorithm is so good that it can basically read your mind. It figures out your preferences — be they ‘90s nostalgia, astrology,...
Mark Dent • January 17, 2023

Scammers are coming for laid-off tech workers

Nothing beats getting laid off during an economic downturn, finally being offered a job interview, then learning that the interview is actually an elaborate...
Jacob Cohen • January 13, 2023

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