This Is What Life’s Like in the World’s Strictest Covid Zero City

Seven times since last March, Ruili—on China’s Myanmar border—has felt the full force of Xi Jinping’s Covid Zero policy.

Controversial US Visa Draws Rich From China to India After Reset

(Bloomberg) — A US visa program that attracted $37 billion in foreign investments since 2008 for projects including New York’s Hudson Yards and Trump Bay Street in Jersey City is making a comeback — and the queue of wealthy applicants from China to India is growing. The revived EB-5 program is poised to fund undertakings from a golf resort in … Read more

Disney Pulls Star Wars Film ‘Rogue Squadron’ From 2023 Release Calendar

The picture is one of two the company removed from its schedule next year, according to a statement Thursday. The other was an untitled live-action movie. Disney added one film, “Next Goal Wins,” from its smaller Searchlight label. Another picture, “Haunted Mansion,” was delayed until Aug. 11 from its original March 10 release date. 

Disney Licenses ICC Cricket TV Broadcast Rights to India’s Zee

Earlier this year, Viacom18 Media Pvt., a joint venture between Paramount Global and Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Ltd., won the streaming rights for the Indian Premier League, or IPL, cricket tournament away from previous rights holder Disney+ Hotstar. Disney grabbed the television rights.

Good Luck Finding a Seat in That Fancy Airport Lounge

(Bloomberg Businessweek) — The All Nippon Airways lounge at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport was once an uncrowded refuge of calm for business travelers, favored for such perks as free made-to-order noodles, a private shower, and comfy chairs with views of the tarmac and planes taxiing. But on a recent Tuesday afternoon while connecting flights at … Read more

‘No One Wants to Work Anymore’ Is a Complaint as Old as Work Itself

(Bloomberg) — “It’s become apparent nobody wants to work in these hard times.” Such statements have become emblematic of the Great Resignation and the years around the Covid-19 pandemic when workers quit en masse, refused to return to offices and embraced self-employment the most in more than a decade. The latest jobs report provided only more … Read more

Elon Musk’s Antics Turn Owners and Would-Be Buyers Against Tesla

Before it was reported Musk had an affair with Sergey Brin’s wife, which he’s denied; before his slipshod deal, then no-deal, to acquire Twitter Inc.; before the revelation he fathered twins with an executive at his brain-interface startup Neuralink; before SpaceX fired employees who called him “a frequent source of distraction and embarrassment”; before his daughter changed … Read more

Gen Z Uses TikTok Like Google, Upsetting the Old Internet Order

Roughly 40% of young people today use TikTok or Instagram, owned by Facebook parent Meta Platforms Inc., over Google when searching for lunch recommendations, Prabhakar Raghavan, a Google senior vice president, said in an interview with TechCrunch this month. The data come from a survey of U.S. users ages 18 to 24. The search giant, … Read more