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The Biden administration unveiled a $50 billion investment in semiconductors. The spending increase aims to develop the industry in the US, countering dependence on China.

OPEC+ announced a small cut in oil supply to the global economy. The move is meant to halt the decline of oil prices due to recession fears.

Ireland fined Instagram $403 million. The country’s privacy watchdog found the company mishandled teens’ data.

CVS won the bidding war for Signify… The drugstore chain offered $8 billion for the home healthcare company, whose suitors reportedly included Amazon and UnitedHealth Group.

…while Amazon targets the Japanese healthcare space. The e-commerce giant is mulling a partnership with small and medium pharmacies for prescription drug deliveries, reported Nikkei.

Liz Truss became the next UK prime minister. The third woman to hold the office, Truss takes the helm of a country facing a multitude of pressing challenges.

Parts of the Amazon won’t recover from deforestation. The tipping point at which the forest turns into a savannah has already been crossed in Brazilian and Bolivian parts of the rainforest.



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Porsche could go public this fall in what would be one of Europe’s biggest IPOs. Volkswagen is expected to sign off on the IPO, but investor support will still be needed for the plan to move ahead.

Estimates of the luxury brand’s valuation are as high as $84 billion (€85 billion), and it could raise $9.9 billion (€10 billion) from listing, or even greater, though economic turmoil in Europe has some worried the debut would be untimely.

There is also concern that Porsche will lack independence from its parent company as it plans to free float just 12.5% ​​of its total shares, and the Porsche-Piech family will claim a 25% minority stake in the carmaker.

Investor jitters aside, Porsche has emphasized that the cash raised from the IPO would be key to achieving the brand’s long-term goals (pdf). Among them: increasing the company’s global sales of fully electric vehicles to 80% by 2030.


Why are road accidents so common in India?

The death of Cyrus Mistry, one of India’s best-known business leaders, has revived a conversation around Indian roads, which are among the least safe in the world.

In 2021, India witnessed an average of 18 deaths per hour due to road accidents, according to the National Crime Records Bureau. The data further highlights that public transport is safer than private modes of conveyance.

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Speeding and negligent driving are the most common reasons for fatal car rides in India, and there’s low awareness around seatbelts. Just this past February, the Indian government made three-point seat belts mandatory for all cars with front-facing passenger seats. But much more is needed for a country that has just 1% of the world’s vehicles, yet about 10% of all crash-related deaths.


Lada, the little car that couldn’t

The Lada, a Russian-made car that looks like a boxier version of the already-boxy Fiat models, was once emblematic of Soviet independence. But as the world cut off business with Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, the car has become a symbol of the country’s economic difficulties.

In our latest Weekend Brief, we looked at the history of the Lada—a car that for Russia has been an easy one to love but not an easy one to trust—and how the Lada still has influence as far as Cuba.

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