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What you need to know this week

Apple is first company charged with violating EU's DMA rules - Haywaa

🍏 Wait it out: Apple is delaying new AI features in the EU and battling accusations of limiting app developers' market access, as it adapts to the EU's stringent Digital Markets Act.

🇦🇷 No bueno: Argentina's economy is in trouble again, shrinking 2.6% this quarter, with unemployment rising to 7.7% as it enters another recession.

🛍️ Amazon v Temu: Amazon plans to launch an online storefront for low-priced apparel and home goods, the company’s biggest move to date to counter the rise of discount upstarts like Temu and Shein.

✈️ Pump up the prices: Flying from the EU just got pricier. Lufthansa will add up to €72 to ticket prices to cover costs from new EU sustainable fuel regulations starting next year.

The VW-Rivian JV is a big deal

In Short: Volkswagen is investing $5 billion in a strategic partnership with Rivian to co-develop electric vehicles and software, signaling a major push to strengthen its position in the EV market.

What's Going On?

Volkswagen is throwing down a massive $5 billion to partner with Rivian, a move poised to spice up its electric vehicle playbook. Under the deal, they'll whip up some fresh EVs and software together. Rivian, on its part, gets a hefty financial boost—a crucial lifeline as the EV market cools and competitors rethink their strategies.

VW's been grappling with a few snafus—think delays and glitchy models—that have buyers wrinkling their noses.

  • So what's the plan to solve this? VW puts $1 billion upfront in Rivian, with the possibility of pouring in up to $4 billion more. But the deal isn't just about money, it's about gaining a stronger foothold in the U.S. and easing their over-reliance on the Chinese market, where local brands have been giving them a run for their money.

What Does This Mean?

VW’s hefty investment in Rivian signals a strategic pivot to more collaborative efforts in the EV arena, especially at a time when the industry faces a slowdown in demand. For Rivian, this deal is not just about cash; it's about survival and scaling up production without the financial hemorrhage it’s been enduring—about $39,000 lost per vehicle last quarter!

What’s clear is that both companies are navigating a tumultuous market, where buyers are still hesitant to fully embrace EVs, and giants like Tesla are feeling the heat too. This deal could be a game-changer for VW and Rivian or just another ambitious bet in the unpredictable world of electric vehicles. Either way, the industry’s eyes will be glued to how this gamble unfolds.

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