Sources familiar with the matter tell Sammobile that Samsung has set its targets on several semiconductor firms including Texas Instruments and NXP Semiconductors, but NXP's asking price has reached $68 billion and Samsung is worried that regulatory issues would also add to costs. However, the piece notes that Samsung hasn't abandoned the thought of acquiring NXP altogether.
The column says that BNPL providers aren't all exactly comparable to Afterpay, which Square recently purchased, and it notes that BNPL won't necessarily displace companies allowing traditional payments and credit cards.
Bloomberg reports that a California state judge struck down Proposition 22, which passed in a statewide vote in November, and exempted gig economy businesses from a state labor law requiring more companies to hire workers as employees and provide them benefits. Specifically, the judge found that Proposition 22's provisions tying the legislature's hands regarding which workers are covered by worker's compensation law, and regarding collective bargaining in future gig work, violate the state's constitution. Uber vowed to appeal. A company spokesman said, "This ruling ignores the will of the overwhelming majority of California voters and defies both logic and the law. Meanwhile, Prop 22 remains in effect, including all of the protections and benefits it provides independent workers across the state." The California attorney general's office, which defended Proposition 22 in court, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
The column says that Amazon needs space to showcase its private-label and exclusive third-party products, notably in apparel, and it observes that the higher margins offered by private-label products will help cover some of the cost of setting up bigger sites.
In an article that largely summarizes remarks delivered at CinemaCon, the LA Times reports that the president/CEO of the National Association of Theatre Owners said, "Let us be clear about one thing, today. Simultaneous release does not work. It doesn't work for anyone. Theatrical windows won't be what they were before, but they can't be what they were in the pandemic." The article says that MGM Studios chairman Michael De Luca confirmed that No Time to Die will be released in U.S. cinemas in October.
People familiar with the matter say the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued detailed instructions to Chinese companies about the use of offshore variable interest entities (VIEs) for IPOs. Sources also add that the SEC also provides disclosure requirements on risks of Chinese regulators intervening in corporate data security policies. Non-compliance with the U.S. Holding Foreign Corporate Liability Act over accounting disclosures to regulators will have to be disclosed.
The column says that while Peloton and Nautilus boomed during the pandemic and Planet Fitness is rising again, valuation and margin issues mean that the three stocks aren't that attractive now, and investors searching for a good buy might want to sink their teeth into WW International, instead.
The article says in response to media reports that Alibaba Cloud leaks registration information to third party partners, Alibaba Cloud notes the company will act in accordance with the requirements of Zhejiang Provincial Communications Administration and improve deficiencies of personnel management.
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