Basketball players Kevin Durant and Devin Booker wear black Phoenix Suns uniforms with stacks of $100 bills surrounding them.

As the NBA returns, its boardroom is just as entertaining as the on-court product

A new basketball season starts tonight and the business storylines are juicy.

Ben Berkley • October 24, 2023
Storefronts of Texas Roadhouse, Olive Garden, and Outback Steakhouse

Unlimited breadsticks and a side of nostalgia: Chain restaurants are back

The restaurants of strip malls past are having their moment in the spotlight.

Sara Friedman • October 23, 2023
A chart showing Tesla’s increase in operating margin between 2019 and early 2022, with a sharp decrease from late 2022 to present. The line is depicted as a charging cord coming out of a red and white Tesla Supercharger base.

Tesla is struggling, and the outlook for improvement isn’t thrilling anyone either

The Cybertruck is finally here, but so are serious concerns about the company’s shrinking margins.

Ben Berkley • October 23, 2023
A collage of images on a blue and orange background: a tip jar, an orange cat, a glass of whiskey, and a laptop displaying Wikipedia.

The loudest purr, the stingiest state, and more wild numbers

A sought-after scotch, a loud cat, Wikipedia’s most prolific editor, and more.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • October 23, 2023
US Halloween costume spending

You’re probably spending a lot on your Halloween costume

Halloween sales figures are looking scary good for retailers this year.

Ben Berkley • October 20, 2023
A mirrored image of a man in a purple hoodie and navy puffer coat holding a green grocery basket and touching the screen of a self-checkout kiosk.

Are self-checkouts a cautionary tale in our race toward automation?

Not so fast, robot overlords. We still have a lot to figure out.

Sara Friedman • October 20, 2023
Blue running sneakers with gray and orange trim on a black, orange, and blue wavy background.

Loafers are out, sneakers are in: Office fashion isn’t going back

Offices are getting more casual — from head to toe.

Sara Friedman • October 19, 2023
A disembodied hand uses a credit-card machine, held by someone else’s hand, to make a purchase on a purple background with cash and marijuana leaves imposed on it.

Why you usually can’t buy weed with a credit card… for now

A bill could allow cannabis companies to process credit cards, but it’s been languishing in Congress for years.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • October 18, 2023
The skyline of lower Manhattan against a textured light-blue background.

What the heck is going on with Airbnb in NYC?

NYC is cracking down even harder on short-term rental platforms like Airbnb.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • October 17, 2023
extreme travel prices

Months after the sub tragedy, extreme tourism is… more popular than ever?

Fears that the Titan submersible’s tragic end would derail the fast-growing adventure tourism sector were seemingly unfounded.

Ben Berkley • October 17, 2023
A variety of green plants in white and beige pots on a blue and gray background.

Caring for the office’s finicky Ficus is now a thriving industry

Maintenance services for office plants are part of a thriving new industry.

Sara Friedman • October 16, 2023
A collage of images on a pink background, including a white toilet, a pumpkin, a cup of coffee, a salad, and a group of four young people clinking alcoholic beverages.

That’s one heck of a gourd, a $122m plumbing problem, and more newsy numbers

Big gourds, return-to-office spend, an icky issue, and more wild numbers.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • October 16, 2023
Three young people reading on their smartphones against a multicolored background made up of thread.

Threads’ golden opportunity is here — Meta doesn’t seem too interested in taking it

Chaotic as X may be, it’s still the only viable platform for what’s happening right now — unless Threads cares to join it.

Ben Berkley • October 13, 2023
estimated number of haunted attractions in US

How to find the best haunt this Halloween

There are ~3k haunts across the US this Halloween. How do you pick the best ones?

Juliet Bennett Rylah • October 13, 2023
A woolly mammoth inside of a burger bun on a white plate with a gray background.

Lions and tigers and mammoths, oh my! Cultivated meat is getting weird

Move over chicken, there are some new — extinct — lab-grown meats in town.

Sara Friedman • October 12, 2023
A man standing against an orange background wears a red shirt with an AI-generated image of a cat astronaut on it.

Adobe revealed some AI heavy hitters this week

Adobe MAX, the software company’s annual conference, revealed some pretty eye-popping AI tools.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • October 12, 2023
An overhead view of a shrouded figure in a dark room typing on a laptop computer.

The world was already horrifying — technology is making it more so

From cyberattacks to crypto-funded terror, technology has amplified the devastation in Israel.

Ben Berkley • October 11, 2023
A white woman with brown hair smiling and wearing a sunhat and a light-blue backpack; a photo of a busy airport faded in the background.

The next big travel destination might be the airport itself

Airports want tourists to come spend time — and money — without flights.

Sara Friedman • October 11, 2023
Five teens sit at their classroom desks working on homework while a teacher helps one of them. The scene is on a colorful newsprint background.

California will teach teens about workers’ rights because employers keep violating them

California moves to teach students about labor laws as child labor violations increase nationwide.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • October 10, 2023
Van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” a bottle of whiskey, a blue sneaker, a black Birkin bag, and white hands holding a cell phone showing a bottle of wine.

Move over, stocks — alternative investing apps are here

Birkins and Banksys and bottles, oh my! Alternative investing platforms tap niche markets.

Sara Friedman • October 10, 2023
A grid featuring 11 pairs of jean shorts on a pink background, with one spot in the grid taken by an open dictionary.

Need help brushing up on the new dictionary?

Tech and business are well-represented in the latest additions to the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

Ben Berkley • October 10, 2023
The back of a woman’s head who has black hair and is wearing a graduation cap and gown with China’s flag in the background.

Some young adults in China have a new job title: Full-time children

Young people in China are navigating a tumultuous labor market with a curious new job title.

Sara Friedman • October 9, 2023
A grid of four illustrations of earth as seen from space. Each one shows tiny dots denoting the number of objects in orbit across the decades (1960s, 1980s, 2000s, 2020s), with the number of dots multiplying in each successive image.

There’s just so much space junk

Efforts to mitigate space junk have momentum, but it’ll be a tall task keeping up with the rate of new launches.

Ben Berkley • October 9, 2023
A Taco Bell sign, a silhouette of a skydriver, a young Asian man in a blue graduation cap and gown, and a red-and-white robot on a blue and purple background.

Drive-thru times, giant robots, and more

Drive-thru times, the oldest skydiver, a big robot, and more wild numbers.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • October 9, 2023
The Google wordmark against a gray background patterned with magnifying glass icons.

Is Google manipulating us with its search results?

A former DuckDuckGo exec who attended Google’s antitrust trial spotted something odd about the company’s algorithm.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • October 6, 2023
A chart showing new business applications in the US shows a slight increase pre-2020, then a dramatic increase in the middle of 2020, after which it remains high.

The post-pandemic startup surge

A boom in entrepreneurship might be the pandemic’s silver lining.

Sara Friedman • October 6, 2023
A white man in a dress shirt winding up to throw his phone on a yellow geometric background.

Screen time slowing you down? Try ‘monk mode’

Need to use less tech? The answer might be… tech.

Sara Friedman • October 5, 2023

Uh, why is Tom Brady in the office? How celebrity-brand partnerships are evolving

Brands are leaning on prominent figures to do more than just put their famous faces on TV.

Lestraundra Alfred • October 5, 2023
The Netflix logo with price tags hanging from every letter.

Netflix is turning up the volume on its merch business

The streaming giant is doubling down on bobbleheads and T-shirts to monetize its fandoms.

Sara Friedman • October 4, 2023
Magic Spoon cereal boxes, a Banza pasta box, Graza olive oil containers, and Poppi soda cans.

When did the packaged food aisle get so cool?

Packaging can be make or break for food & beverage brands vying for attention on the shelf.

Sara Friedman • October 4, 2023

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