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Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

It’s all about Big Tech. The five largest companies in the S&P 500 — Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Alphabet — are set to report this week.

Why it matters: These heavyweights will overshadow most of the other 150+ reporting companies, in what will be the busiest earnings week of the quarter.

  • We should hear more about labor and supply chain issues from Amazon, and how Apple projects the chip shortage to affect its production, Franklin Equity Group's Grant Bowers says.

Context: Snap set the tone for tech volatility last week with its forecast that supply chain issues would crimp digital advertisers’ spending — and that Apple’s latest iOS privacy updates were also disrupting the ad business.

  • Snap’s stock sank 25% on the news, and Alphabet, Facebook and Twitter (which also reports this week) were down as well.

Meanwhile, a new round of Facebook whistleblower documents isn’t going to make the social media giant’s investor call any easier.

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Nov 23, 2021 - Technology

Apple sues Israeli NSO Group over spyware use

Photo: Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Apple filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Israeli cyber intelligence companies NSO Group and its parent company to "hold it accountable for the surveillance and targeting of Apple users," the company announced.

Details: Apple is also seeking a permanent injunction to ban NSO Group from using Apple devices, software, or services, per a press release.

Americans are super-sizing their holiday travel

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Americans are rushing back into holiday travel, and many are taking even longer trips now than they did before the pandemic began.

The big picture: After skipping Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings last year, many people are eager to maximize this year's celebrations with friends and family. And flexible remote working arrangements make that easier than ever.

Updated 16 hours ago - Sports

The potential GOAT of chess faces intriguing challenger

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The World Chess Championship between Norway's Magnus Carlsen and Russia's Ian Nepomniachtchi began on Friday, 1,094 days after Carlsen won his fourth consecutive title.

Why it matters: During the long, COVID-fueled layoff, chess entered a new era, and with the championship finally here, the age-old game is ready for its close-up.

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