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Why Lego Isn’t (Just) a Toy Company | WSJ

 

Content helped build Lego into the world’s largest toy maker. Its movies, TV shows and video games take advantage of licensing deals with some of the world’s biggest brands, like Batman and Star Wars, to grow its customer base.

Why Everyone Is Openly Talking About Pay -CNBC

 

Increasingly popular pay transparency laws benefit some workers and increase social equity, but economists warn they could diminish the negotiating power of the labor force at large.

Why Chinese Tourists Aren’t Returning Fast Enough for the Global Travel Industry | WSJ

 

Countries around the world are welcoming back Chinese tourists, once the largest source of tourism revenue globally. But even as China reopens its borders, the travel industry isn’t expecting things to bounce back to what they were just yet. Here’s why.

The Rise And Fall Of Planetariums - Cheddar Explains

 

In 2017, NPR called school planetariums “relics of the space race.” Because that’s what they’ve become.

Is Toyota late to EVs? -CNBC

 

Environmentalists and electric vehicle advocates are accusing the world's largest automaker, Toyota, for dragging its feet, and even opposing electrification. But Toyota, argues that many of those markets aren’t ready for electric vehicles.

How a Noncompete Agreement Ban Could Add $300 Billion to Worker Wages | WSJ

 

The Federal Trade Commission proposed a new ban on noncompete clauses, which the agency says hurts workers and competition. Companies argue they protect trade secrets. WSJ breaks down what a federal ban could mean for workers and businesses.

How Americans Are Tricked Into Buying Fake Food -CNBC

 

The food in your kitchen cabinets may not be what it seems. Fraudsters motivated by economic gain secretly infiltrate the global food market through a variety of means, including counterfeits, dilutions, substitution and mislabeling.

What It’s Like To Deliver For Amazon In New Rivian Vans -CNBC

 

Amazon has rolled out more than 1,000 electric Rivian vans in at least 100 U.S. cities since July, bringing big changes for some of the 275,000 drivers delivering 10 million packages a day around the world.

U.S. vs. China: Has Nvidia’s A100 Chip Met Its Match With Biren’s BR100 Processor? | WSJ

 

After working for years to catch up on U.S. technology, China has developed a chip that can rival Nvidia’s powerful A100. WSJ unpacks the processors’ design and capability as the two superpowers race for dominance in artificial intelligence.

A White-Collar Recession? Why Layoffs Are Hitting Professional Workers | WSJ

 

As interest rates rise and companies tighten their belts, white-collar workers have taken the brunt of layoffs and job cuts, breaking with the usual pattern leading into a downturn. WSJ explains why many professionals are getting the pink slip first.

How Starbucks Was Able To Win Over China -CNBC

 

A Starbucks opens every nine hours in China. Since the coffee giant opened its first store in China in 1999, it has launched 6,000 stores around the mainly tea-drinking nation and plans to increase its number of stores to 9,000 by 2025.

How Airplanes Get Painted -CNBC

 

Dean Baldwin Painting, founded in 1965, is an aircraft painting company with five facilities across the U.S. It has painted aircraft for some of the largest airlines in the world, including United, Delta and JetBlue.

Apple Wants to Recreate Its ‘iPhone City’ Supply Chain Outside China | WSJ

 

Apple is facing an uphill battle as it plans to shift its production out of China. Here’s why it’s difficult to replicate Foxconn’s ‘iPhone City’ in Zhengzhou and the company’s finely-tuned ecosystem in countries like India and Vietnam.

What Happened To The Boeing 747? -CNBC

 

Boeing’s 747 is one the most recognizable planes to take to the skies with its iconic hump, four engines, extensive landing gear and sheer size. Since its first commercial flight in 1970, Boeing’s 747 jumbo jet has flown more than 3.5 billion passengers.

The World Ahead 2023: five stories to watch out for

 

From India becoming the world’s most populous country, to an illegal drug that might be approved as a medicine, The Economist offers its annual look at the year ahead. - From the Economist

Why Chicago’s Rail Hub Is So Vital to the National Economy | WSJ

 

In recent years, the city’s railyards have seen severe bottlenecks as the supply chain choked up nationally. With $3 trillion in goods traveling through Chicago every year, the city is the busiest rail hub in the U.S.

What China’s Covid Reopening Means for Travel Restrictions | WSJ

 

As China reopens after nearly three years of isolation, the U.S. and several other countries will require travelers to show a negative Covid test.

Navigating The E-bike Boom With America's Outdated Infrastructure -CNBC

 

E-bikes are becoming increasingly popular in the U.S. and are even outpacing the electric and hybrid car sales. However, they're also more dangerous than traditional bicycles.

The World Ahead 2023: five stories to watch out for -The Economist

 

What stories should you be following in 2023? From India becoming the world’s most populous country, to an illegal drug that might be approved as a medicine, The Economist offers its annual look at the year ahead.

How BofA Came Back From The Brink Of Collapse -CNBC

 

With assets totaling over $3 trillion, Bank of America is the second-largest bank in the U.S. behind J.P. Morgan Chase. Shares of the company have seen astonishing gains of over 290% in the last decade.