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Nvidia becomes the world's most valuable company with a market capitalization of more than 3.3 trillion dollars when it surpasses Microsoft earlier this week, the company has around 80 percent market share of the chips used for the development of artificial intelligence

EU imposes additional tariffs of up to 38.1% on Chinese electric vehicles from July, the move follows a nine-month investigation finding that unfair Chinese battery electric vehicles subsidies threaten EU industry, the EU braces for trade war with Beijing but argues that Chinese manufacturers can easily absorb the increased levies

Saudi Arabia decides not to extend its 50-year agreement with the US on economic and military cooperation which means that the Arab nation can now sell oil in a currency other than the dollar

European Central Bank announces 0.25% main interest rate cut to 3.75%, first rate cut in five years, measured eurozone HICP inflation rose from 2.4% to 2.6% in May

The world's largest federation of worker-owned cooperatives, Mondragon Corporation, in the Basque Country of Spain, sees itself not as an alternative to capitalism but as an alternative approach, one of the 70,000 members, Mr. Montalvo, says no one is rich there but no one is poor either and Hugo Montalvo thinks he could earn more from a regular multinational company but doesn't want to trade away his middle-class status or the small village where he is raising his children

TikTok's owner ByteDance prefers to shut down the app rather than sell it unless the legal route succeeds in opposing the US attempt to ban it, as it considers the algorithms used to be part of ByteDance's entire core business, according to four sources to Reuters

Central bank of Zimbabwe launches the new currency Zimbabwean Gold, ZiG, said to be backed by USD 100 million in foreign currency reserves as well as 2,522 tonnes of gold, according to the head of the central bank the currency is being launched because of the instability of the Zimbabwean dollar exchange rate and the inflation and he says there is a need to restore trust

Donald Trump's media company Trump Media & Technology Group, which owns the social media platform TRUTH Social and went public on March 26 this year, reports a 2023 loss of USD 58 million and its stock is down as much as 26 percent on Monday, the IPO added nearly USD 4 billion to the former president's fortune

US production of oil in 2023 highest ever for a country for the sixth year in a row, according to a report by The Energy Information Administration, despite the fact that Joe Biden, as part of trying to accomplish his campaign promise to eliminate fossil fuels has signed 200 executive orders in regards to that

Sam Bankman-Fried is sentenced to 25 years in prison for his role in the fall of the crypto exchange FTX and the company Alameda Research in which clients lost deposits of 8 to 11 billion USD, lawyer Mark Mukasey said, among other things, that his client does not make decisions with malice in his heart but that he makes them with math in his head

The California-based transhumanist Extropian movement, which emerged around 1990, laid the groundwork for cryptocurrencies as they were heavily inspired by Friedrich Hayek and used his ideas in building computer networks and philosophizing about digital currencies

Europe's market share of global plastic production decreased from 22 percent in 2006 to 14 percent in 2022, while China's increased from 21 to 32 percent over the same period, according to a report by Plastic Europe, the EU and the UK, Norway and Switzerland produced a total of 58.8 million tons in 2022

The US bill CHIPS Act, which promises USD 39 billion in subsidies to facilitate the establishment of semiconductor factories in the US, contains 19 sections that deal with helping minorities, a week after the Biden administration promised its implementation, Intel has paused its factory in Columbus, TSMC pushed back production at the factory in Arizona and Samsung postponed its first Texas factory

Amazon Web Services acquires nuclear-powered data center in Pennsylvania from Talen Energy Corporation for $650 million and signs contracts to supply energy for ten years from the nearby nuclear power plant Susquehanna Steam Electric Station

American hamburger chain Wendy's will in 2025 start experimenting with changing prices daily based on demand, as all restaurants are planned to have digital menus by then

Elon Musk is suing OpenAI and its CEO Sam Altman for violating the company's founding agreement to prioritize humanity over profit, the lawsuit says the company has turned into a de facto closed-source subsidiary of Microsoft, Musk co-founded the company and served on the board until 2018

Empty freight wagon with reduced speed derails on the Iron Ore Line in North of Sweden near the Norwegian border four days after the route was reopened after a similar accident two months ago six kilometers away, LKAB's logistics manager Linda Bjurholt said at the time that the loss of revenue due to the closure of the railway is close to SEK 100 million a day

For SEK 13 billion the Stenbeck family's investment company Kinnevik sells its entire holding in the telecom company Tele2, which was founded in the early 1980s by Jan Stenbeck and according to CEO Georgi Ganev was fundamental to the creation of today's Kinnevik, the buyer is Freya Investissement, which is controlled by the European telecom group iliad and its chairman of the board and founder Xavier Niel

Northvolt is receiving loan of USD 5 billion from 23 commercial banks as well as the EU-owned European Investment Bank and the Nordic Investment Bank jointly owned by the Nordic and Baltic states, the company says it is the largest so-called green loan provided in Europe

OpenAI offers publishers between USD 1 million and USD 5 million annually to license copyrighted news to train their models, the company's web crawler has been blocked by New York Times and Vox Media, while Politico, Business Insider and the AP have contracts with OpenAI

Job postings for diversity, equity and inclusion are down 44 percent in 2023, according to statistics from the job search engine Indeed, and some tech companies have cut their budgets for such purposes by nearly 90 percent, according to diversity consultant Devika Brij, CEO of Brij the Gap Consulting

The World Economic Forum predicts 44 percent of human skills will have been replaced by artificial intelligence by the year 2027 and has coined the term FOBO (Fear of Becoming Obsolete)

80-year-old Hermès heir Nicolas Puech plans to cancel a contract with his charity foundation and adopt his middle-aged gardener gifting him at least half of his EUR 12 billion fortune, Puech owns 5.7 percent of the French luxury company

The CEO of the American bank JPMorgan Chase, Jamie Dimon, says that if he were the government, he would shut down cryptocurrencies and that their only real use is for criminals and drug dealers, as well as for money laundering and tax avoidance

Charlie Munger, vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway and Warren Buffett's close friend and business partner, dies at the age of 99, otherwise known, among other things, for the speech "The Psychology of Human Misjudgment" and the book "Poor Charlie's Almanack"

Sam Altman returns as CEO of OpenAI on Wednesday after being fired by the board on Friday, Microsoft is said to have been prepared to receive hundreds of OpenAI employees

Twitch's former CEO, Emmett Shear, will become the new CEO of OpenAI and Sam Altman will lead innovative AI-team at Microsoft, 505 of OpenAI's 700 employees, including co-founder Ilya Sutskever who was involved in dismissing Altman, write in an open letter that they lack confidence in the board

Sam Altman is dismissed as CEO of OpenAI after a decision of the board which states that he was not consistently candid in his communications with the board and thus hindering its ability to exercise its responsibilities, Chief Technology Officer Mira Murati takes over

Sam Bankman-Fried, founder of cryptocurrency exchange FTX, found guilty by jury on all seven counts after stealing USD 10 billion in user deposits and lying to investors and lenders, final sentence will be on March 28 and he faces over 100 years in prison

The US central bank Federal Reserve leaves the interest rate unchanged in the range of 5.25 to 5.50 percent which is the highest level in 22 years

FTX founder and cryptocurrency profile Sam Bankman-Fried is in custody awaiting trial as his bail is revoked by Judge Lewis Kaplan on suspicion of trying to intimidate witness Caroline Ellison in connection with his New York Times interview

Vladimir Putin signs a law that entails a one-time tax of 10 percent of the company profits he believes are excess profits, but certain companies are exempt, such as oil and gas companies and coal mines, will come into effect from January 1, 2024

The European Central Bank raises key interest rates by 0.25 percentage points, communicates that future decisions will be set at sufficiently restrictive levels as long as necessary to reach the inflation target of 2 percent

Asset manager BlackRock appoints Saudi Arabian oil giant Aramco's CEO Amin Hassan Ali Nasser as a board member, Nasser overlooked the world's largest IPO ever when the oil company, which is the world's largest, went public

Elon Musk announces the formation of a new company called xAI, which according to its own statement aims to understand the true nature of the universe, Musk early supported OpenAI which launched the product ChatGPT, but has since its launch been critical, among other things, because the platform took to much account for political correctness

Price increases in the US economy lower than the previous month as the consumer price index in June comes in at a 3.0 percent annual rate according to new figures published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, smallest increase since March 2021 but still an increase

American technology giant Intel is investing USD 4.6 billion in a new semiconductor factory in Poland's fourth largest city, Wrocław, to be part of a planned European supply chain along with an existing facility in Ireland and a planned one in Germany, CEO Pat Gelsinger points to Poland's infrastructure, workforce and its competitiveness in terms of cost level

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen expects the country to fail to pay their debt from June unless Congress decides to raise the debt ceiling, saying they have been using extraordinary measures for months already

A unanimous Federal Reserve raises interest rates by 0.25 percent to the range of 5,00 to 5,25 percent, the tenth increase in a row since a year ago, signals a possible pause in increases going forward but also that they are willing to do more if necessary

The American authority FDIC is preparing to take control of the bank First Republic and ask the ones interested for a final bid, JPMorgan and Bank of America are said to be interested

Argentina's central bank raises interest rates from 81 percent to 91 percent, second hike in two weeks to tackle inflation near 100 percent

The George Soros-funded Human Rights Campaign, which is the world's largest lobby group for lgbtq+, rates companies according to an index called CEI and sends out representatives every year to companies that receive a list of demands for measures in order not to lose their ranking, part of the ESG pressures from for example the asset managers and Nike's and Anheuser-Busch's major owners BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street Bank

Saudi Arabia announces oil production cuts of 500,000 barrels per day starting in May until the end of 2023, roughly 5 percent of the country's daily production, US wants increased production to ease inflation and put pressure on Russia's finances

China makes its first-ever trade in liquefied natural gas with its currency yuan in a sale to French company TotalEnergies of 65,000 tonnes imported from the United Arab Emirates, according to the Shanghai Oil and Natural Gas Exchange

Ericsson cuts 8,500 roles globally amounting to 8% of the total headcount, 1,400 of the jobs cut in Sweden, action taken as part of a 0.9 billion USD cost reduction effort

UK consumer price index falls to 10.1 per cent year-on-year from 10.5 per cent in December, the Bank of England, which in February raised interest rates from 3.5 to 4 per cent, has said it believes inflation will fall sharply during the year

US consumer price index up 6.4 percent in January compared to last year and rose 0.5 percent on a monthly basis, which was higher than expected, in December 2022 the same statistics were at 6.5 percent and 0.1 percent respectively, earlier this month the Federal Reserve raised interest rate

THe new management of the crypto exchange FTX is demanding refunds from politicians and political organizations that previously received donations, the firm went bankrupt in November 2022 and is now facing a federal fraud investigation, the money must be paid back before the end of the month

Pfizer reports record revenue for 2022 but expects it will be lower this year as the US government stops spending taxpayer money on covid-19 vaccines and fewer people take shots to fight the disease, half of its $100 billion revenue came from the covid-19 vaccine and the oral coronavirus drug

Spotify to cut about 600 people respresenting 6% of its global workforce, CEO Daniel Ek comments that he takes full accountability for being too ambitious when investing ahead of the revenue growth in hope of sustaining the strong tailwinds from the pandemic, Dawn Ostroff who joined the

Google's parent company Alphabet to cut 12,000 jobs representing 6% of its worldwide workforce, the announcement comes days after Microsoft announced 10,000 job cuts and weeks after Amazon announced axing 18,000 jobs

Saudi Arabia's Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan says he is open to discuss trade in a currency other than the USD, saying they do not rule out any discussion that contributes to improving trade around the world, the country has recently approached China and Russia

Swedish state owned LKAB finds Europe's largest deposit for rare earth metals in the Kiruna area, the minerals necessary for, among other things, the manufacture of electric cars and wind turbines, the continent completely lacks corresponding mining and is dependent on imports mainly from

Ant Group says that Jack Ma will cede control of the company, Ma who has withdrawn from the public spotlight after criticizing government regulators in 2020 currently indirectly owns 53.46% of the shares but will only possess 6.2% of the voting rights after the adjustment, the company says the

Amazon plans to lay off 18,000 employees, CEO Andy Jassy writes that they usually wait to communicate similar decisions externally after being able to speak with those directly affected, but because employee leaked information, they decided to make the news public earlier

Consumer prices in the US rose 0.1 percent in November compared to the previous month which was lower than expected, on an annual basis inflation was 7.1 percent, according to figures from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics

H&M to lay off 1,500 employees, applies worldwide but will not affect store employees, has closed 200 stores during the year

Quoth the Raven: Sam Bankman-Fried is still not in handcuffs despite everything pointing towards him committing fraud of 30 billion dollars, is being compared to Enron and Bernie Madoff, instead of being brought to justice now he will be questioned in congressional hearing in US in December, while The New York Times and The Washington Post write laudatory articles downplaying his responsibilities and Democrats and their friends in the media are clearly taking it easy on him despite their loathing of billionaires

Sam Bankman-Fried admits that the ethics were only a surface and feels guilty for those who are deceived by the stupid game of saying the right thing just to be liked that he says is played by woke westerners with whom he associates himself, regrets that he filed for bankruptcy for his crypto exchange FTX and says his goal is now to raise $8 billion within two weeks

Crypto exchange FTX's liquidity crisis and loss of confidence probably mean that the Democratic Party will miss out on further donations from founder Sam Bankman-Fried, 30, who was the party's second largest donor after Georg Soros, the company is threatened with bankruptcy, possible investigations by regulatory authorities and on Sunday, customers made withdrawals of USD 5 billion

Meta announces layoff of 11,000 employees, NBC News reviews posts that appear to be from recently fired employees including senior researcher Alex Leavitt, who uses the plural pronouns they/them and, according to LinkedIn, helped lead research on hate speech, misinformation and trust, who says that they might write a book after a trip abroad

India's central bank launches a pilot study of the e-rupee, allows nine banks to carry out interbank transactions with the digital currency, said to have the same value and legitimacy as a note or coin except that it does not take physical form, stresses that while the currency will be controlled by the central bank, it unlike cryptocurrencies which are decentralized and difficult to control

Croatia will adopt the euro on January 1, 2023, joined the EU nearly ten years ago, had an inflation rate of 13 percent in September compared to the euro zone's 10, the Croatian central bank's Ana Sabic says the currency provides resilience and claims that they now will have access to more favorable loan terms

Eurozone inflation reaches new record high of 10.7% in October, up from 9.9% in September, 41.9% increase in energy prices and 13.1% in food, alcohol and tobacco, Estonia worst hit with a 22.4% estimate and France least impacted with 7.1%

Egypt's central bank Governor Hassan Abdalla wants to break the peg against the US dollar, which has caused high interest rates, will let the Egyptian pound be valued against a basket of other currencies including gold, says the US is not a major trading partner and does not understand why people are so fixated on the dollar, the country's currency has lost 20 percent against the USD due to devaluation following capital flight as a result of the Ukraine war

Jan Nieuwenhuijs: European countries have been preparing for return to gold standard since the 70's by having an even distribution of gold reserves between them, in relation to GDP and to major economies outside, the US exerted pressure not to return, by threatening Germany to stand alone against the Soviet Union and instead the euro was created and they made sure to equalize the ownership in preparation and have continued to do so, the reset will happen when all major economies find themselves in an insurmountable crisis

The meat substitute company Beyond Meat cuts its workforce by 19%, 200 employees are to go, the turnover is 23% lower than last year and the stock is down 50% this year, that the product is still more expensive than meat, lentils and beans and that food prices are generally increasing can be reason for the loss of sales

Vacancy rate in San Francisco office market now 26%, higher than both during the 2008 financial crisis and the 2000 IT crash, was at 4% before the pandemic, the reason is believed to be work from home and business relocation from the city, which has problems with expensive living costs, homelessness and fentanyl addicts

British post office cash handling increases as bank offices close and living costs increase, government owned The Post Office says that cash is generally used to a lesser degree in August but handled record amounts this year, bank customers can today use post offices for basic banking services

Uncertainty around Credit Suisse finances has led to the price to insure against the bank failing to meet its debt has skyrocketed, the stock down 60% this year, in a staff memo CEO Ulrich Körner wrote the bank has a strong capital base and liquidity position

ECB chief Christine Lagarde says the bank will do what it has to do, which is to continue hiking interest rates in the next several meetings until the 2% target is met, says they have been surprised that the inflation during the post-pandemic economic recovery wasn't only transitory and that today's crisis has been more persistent and of a magnitude that nobody had expected, says the supply-driven European inflation is more complicated than the demand-driven US one as monetary policy in and of itself cannot reduce the price of gas nor stop the war

IMF criticizes the UK tax package containing the largest tax cuts in 50 years, warns that the proposal is likely to increase inequality and speed up the pace of price rises, asks the government to reevaluate especially the measures that benefit high income earners, former Brexit minister Lord Frost comments that the IMF has consistently advocated policies that have produced years of slow growth and weak productivity and adds that the only way forward for is lower taxes and spending restraint

Amazon is one of five companies selected by The European Central Bank to help develop a digital euro, the four others are CaixaBank, EPI, Worldline and Nexi

The 83-year old founder of the clothing company Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard, and his family gives away their ownership to a non-profit organization founded to ensure that all of the yearly profit are used to combat climate change and protect undeveloped land, the successful entrepreneur hopes this will influence a new form of capitalism that doesn't end up with a few rich people and a bunch of poor people

Scania announces far-reaching measures to decarbonise its supply chain by 2030, aims for 100% green batteries, 100% green steel, 100% green aluminium and 100% green cast iron in its production, Head of Sustainability Andreas Follér says that the company once again leads the way in ambitious climate action in the same way they were the first in the industry to adopt science based carbon reduction targets

Argentina's central bank hikes the benchmark interest rate 550 basis points to 75% the day after inflation overshot forecasts to near 80% on an annual basis, the hike follows a 950 basis points-raise in August

Inflation in the Netherlands hits record high of 12% in August, the former record since 1963 when the government's statistics agency CBS started compiling records was 11.1% set in January 1975

Snapchat to lay off 20% of its 6,400 employees, team developing ways to build mini games and apps as well as the AR hardware team and the social mapping team to see deep cuts

European Central Bank raises key interest rates 0.5 percentage points and says furter hikes are to be expected after consumer prices in the eurozone rose at an 8.6% annual pace in June, first raise in 11 years

Tesla sells 75% of its bitcoin after its second-quarter profit falls 32% compared to the first record quarter, Elon Musk says the sell-off is not to be taken as some verdict of bitcoin and that they have not sold any of their dogecoin

UK consumer price index rises 9.4% annually in June to 40-year high, up from 9.1% in May, motor fuels soaring 42.3% on the year which is the highest rate ever since the series' construction in 1989, Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey says there will be no ifs or buts regarding the Bank's commitment to return to the 2% target and that the current situation emphatically does not mean that the regime has failed

EUR reaches parity with USD for the first time in 20 years, 1 EUR was worth 1.13 USD in February, signals the market's assumption that the European economy is heading for a deep recession

200 Danish mechanics join the SAS pilots' strike, SAS says they will try and get their planes serviced in other countries but that it is clear that the strike will hurt them regarding the planes currently on the ground in need of regular maintenance

SAS announces that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US after the pilot strike, says it has sufficient liquidity to meet near term business obligations but that the strike hurts its position, comments that it has reduced costs, met with potential investors and engaged actively with multiple stakeholders to improve its overall financial strength

Turkish inflation soars to 78.6% year-on-year according to official data, highest rate since January 1998, up from 73.5% in May, Economy Minister Nureddin Nebati promises the people and President Erdoğan that there will be a drop in inflation starting in December

Pakistan's Stock Exchange sinks by 4.8% in 22 minutes after Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif announced a new 10% super tax on large-scale industries, the move aimed at tackling spiralling inflation and saving the country from going bankrupt, high net worth individuals also to be subject to what is referred to as a poverty alleviation tax

Kraken urges employees to quit if they don't agree with the company's libertarian values, offers four months' worth of wages to those affected, founder Jesse Powell makes announcement after time-consuming internal debates about gender and race initiated by woke activists

US inflation 8.6% year-on-year in May, highest increase since December 1981 and higher than the 8.3% Dow Jones estimate, real wages decline 0.6% from April and 3% on a 12-month basis, Joe Biden says he will push for further improvements to supply chains and continue efforts to bring down the budget deficit, the Biden administration has largely denied that the trillions of dollars directed toward Covid aid played a major role

CEO Elon Musk plans to cut 10% of Tesla staff and pause all hiring worldwide due to "super bad feeling" about the economy, according to email to executives seen by Reuters, Musk's economic woes echoes recent comments from executives including JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon and Goldman Sachs President John Waldron

73.5% year-on-year inflation in Turkey for May with 91.6% rise in food prices, highest in 23 years, analysts expect inflation trajectory to only worsen

Record high 8.1% yearly inflation in the eurozone during May, up from April’s record 7.4% and above the 7.8% expectations, energy costs up 39.2% and food, alcohol and tobacco prices up 7.5%

69.97% year-over-year inflation in Turkey in April according to official data, largest increase since 2002, President Erdoğan criticized for his economic policies of fighting inflation by lowering interest rates to lower borrowing costs, Erdoğan says inflation will begin to recede as of May and reach a more favorable direction at the end of the year

Turkey's inflation hits 20-year high of 54%, up from 49% in January, Erdoğan vows to lower inflation to single digits by keeping interest rates low

Akamai acquires platform provider pioneer Linode for USD 900 million, Akamai CEO and co-founder Dr. Tom Leighton says the company is excited o begin a new chapter by creating a unique cloud platform to build, run and secure applications from the cloud to the edge

Cameco plans to restart the McArthur River uranium mine and the Key Lake mill in Saskatchewan this year, estimates reaching 60% of capacity and producing 15 million pounds of uranium annually by 2024

Peter Thiel leaves the Meta board after nearly two decades, will reportedly focus more on his political causes including senate bids by his two republican proteges Blake Masters and JD Vance

Operating mines in the US generated USD 90.4 billion in mineral commodities in 2021, 12% increase year-over-year, according to US Geological Survey annual report

Dogecoin soars nearly 20 percent after Elon Musk tweets that Tesla will accept the cryptocurrency for the purchase of some undefined merchandise

Turkish lira down around 15% to USD during Tuesday after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan defended his central bank's continued interest rate cuts amid 20% inflation, Erdoğan has fired three central bank chiefs in roughly two years over policy differences where the president insists that raising rates worsens inflation

Discount store Dollar Tree hikes its prices from USD 1 to USD 1.25 on the majority of its products, sold products at USD 1 for 35 years and was the last of the US major dollar store chains to actually be a dollar store, says the decision is unrelated to short-term inflation