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“Exchanging ‘meishi’ is a glorious, and serious, tradition in Japan. Cards are presented with both hands and a deep bow.” A NY travel writer recommends getting Japanese business cards printed up before your trip (Oliver Horovitz / CNBC)

🔼 Samsung. They’re now the world’s number 1 phonemaker, as iPhone shipments dropped 10% in 1Q24 »»

🔽 Tesla. The company’s laying off 10% of staff amidst slow demand »» Related: BP’s EV charging arm cuts jobs, reduces global ambitions »»

💬 “We never saw a customs agent.” Does flying private let travelers bypass immigration? »»

🛫 “Locals will be shocked, and absolutely delighted, that you have meishi for them.” Frequent visitors share their best tips for visiting Japan »» Related: You should totally go soon, if you can. The yen fell to a 34-year low against the dollar »»

👗 Supreme and Nike announced a Spring 2024 collab »»

🤖 OpenAI released GPT-4 custom model for Japanese »»

💎 Here’s what it takes to be in the world’s 1% of wealth »»

At Coachella this year, Starbucks unveiled their new Spicy Lemonade Refreshers in three flavors. They drinks are spiced with Starbucks’ proprietary chili powder (Starbucks / NRN) 

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Mercedes upgraded its electric EQS to give the EV a huge 511-mile range »»

Starbucks’ newest beverages are capitalizing on the “swicy” trend (sweet and spicy) that’s popular with younger consumers »»

How “industry plants” became the internet’s hottest conspiracy »»

Adobe Premiere Pro is getting generative AI video tools — and hopefully OpenAI’s Sora »»

Spotify is developing a remix feature to rival sped-up TikTok tunes »»

a16z closed US$7.2b for its newest set of funds »»

The story behind Chanel’s iconic handbags, the 2.55 and the 11.12 »»

Meet Sketch, the streamer taking over American sports »»

More good press for Paris’s new Hotel des Grands Voyageurs »»

Also: Sewage pollution could jeopardise Paris Olympic swimming events in the River Seine this Summer, warns an NGO »»

And: Five years after a damaging fire, Paris’s Notre-Dame cathedral restoration is nearly complete »»

The best time to sell your home in the US is now »»

Richard Branson’s cruise line launched month-long cruise for remote workers »»

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