Why it matters: The journalist, who worked for ESPN since 2014, had been renegotiating her contract for serval months when the New York Times published leaked audio of basketball reporter Rachel Nichols suggesting Taylor, who is Black, had been promoted because ESPN was "feeling pressure" on diversity.
The world is suffering from a shortage of silicon chips, making it harder to make and buy everything from cars to home appliances.
Axios Re:Cap talks with U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo about efforts to improve domestic manufacturing, why it’s taking so long to pass the CHIPS Act and what can be done to help in the short-term. Plus, an important message from Dan.
Chef Mario Batali and his former business partner Joe Bastianich reached a settlement and will pay $600,000 to at least 20 former employees following an investigation into allegations of sex assault and harassment.
The big picture: New York Attorney General Letitia James said the investigation found that "Batali and Bastianich permitted an intolerable work environment and allowed shameful behavior that is inappropriate in any setting,” James said, per the New York Times. “Celebrity and fame does not absolve someone from following the law.”
Lucid Motors, a Newark, Calif.-based electric car maker, on Thursday failed to secure investor approval for its $24 billion acquisition by Churchill Capital Corp IV, a SPAC led by Michael Klein.
Why it matters: This is the downside of having a meme SPAC, as not enough retail investors showed up to cast votes. Churchill and Lucid seemed to know this might be coming, as they flooded Reddit and other online message boards with "get out the vote" messages.
A top executive with the world's largest infrastructure private equity fund is optimistic that "tailwinds" will be created by U.S. infrastructure legislation, but remains frustrated by what he views as a lack of strategic vision.
Why it matters: Public investment will be married with private investment, even if the ultimate bills don't explicitly include public-private partnerships (which is something generally favored more by Republicans than by Democrats).
Red-hot demand for houses sounds like great news for homebuilders. But builders aren’t as thrilled as you might expect, and one builder is actually turning down orders.
One way companies are raising prices is by reducing the package sizes — without lowering the cost, what's known as "shrinkflation."
Snapchat and Twitter on Thursday both reported record revenue growth for the second quarter of 2021 — an important indicator that as the ad market booms, social media companies are poised to reap the benefits of its growth.
The big picture: New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and the like are coming back even stronger, solidifying their economic dominance for the future.
The $10.6 trillion U.S. corporate debt markets are at an inflection point. Last year's turmoil is in the rearview mirror, and companies are ramping up all the shareholder-friendly activities they couldn’t do during the pandemic — and looking to fund some of it with debt.
Why it matters: The economy is built on a foundation of credit — and what happens next will determine how soon and how bad the next default cycle will be.
Biogen executives used their earnings day to take aim at critics and the media, saying the federal approval of the company's new Alzheimer's drug, Aduhelm, "has been the subject of extensive misinformation and misunderstanding."
Why it matters: Biogen has billions of dollars on the line with this drug, and uptake has been very slow so far due in part to the blowback. But the company's grievances don't change the fact that Aduhelm failed to slow the progression of Alzheimer's in late-stage clinical trials.