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Adidas Wonders What To Do With Yeezy Shoes After Ye Split in 2022

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Germany,  FRANKFURT — After splitting with the artist formerly Kanye West, Adidas is still trying to figure out what to do with 1.2 billion euros ($1.3 billion) worth of Yeezy sneakers. This has resulted in a significant loss for the German sportswear manufacturer at the end of 2017 and future pain expectations.

Selling the well-liked shoe line would entail paying royalties to Ye, who was fired by Adidas five months ago after making anti-Semitic remarks on social media and in interviews, according to CEO Bjorn Gulden. During an earnings call on Wednesday, he mentioned “several variables” regarding what to do with the shoes that are currently stored in warehouses.

Although some businesses have provided recycling options, destroying them could “create sustainability difficulties,” according to Gulden, who was appointed CEO following the uproar over Ye’s comments. Restitching them to sell them while obscuring the Yeezy brand “is not very honest. Therefore, it’s not an option,” he continued.

The goods would “come back again very quickly” because of their high market value, so suggestions to donate them to those in need in locations like earthquake-stricken Syria or Turkey “aren’t an option,” Gulden said.

“I can promise you that the people who this has wounded will also get something positive out of it and gain donations and revenues in different ways, shapes or forms,” Adidas CEO said if the company decides to sell the shoes.

Adidas cut relations with Ye in October after other companies had been pressured to do the same due to the rapper’s harsh comments towards Jews and other groups. Currently, the business is attempting to replace its flagship Yeezy brand, which experts have estimated to account for as much as 15% of its net income and find new ways to become profitable.

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Adidas cut relations with Ye in October.

In the final three months of 2022, the Ye split cost 600 million euros in lost revenues, contributing to the company’s 513 million euro net loss. In contrast to the decline, ascribed to rising supply prices and declining sales in China, the fourth quarter of 2021 saw a profit of 213 million euros.

If the company chooses not to repurpose the remaining Yeezy products in stock, it anticipates further losses of 500 million euros to its earnings this year. The business anticipates an operating deficit of 700 million euros in 2023.

Gulden claimed that while “so many corporations” were ready to purchase the well-liked shoes, doing so would require paying royalties to Ye. But, “it is not accurate” that the corporation was discussing selling them.

“Gazillions of people” had expressed their thoughts, and “when you’re sitting on the inside, it looks a little bit different than it looks on the outside,” he had heard.

Adidas, according to Gulden, is currently looking into claims made by former workers that Ye poisoned the workplace and that the sportswear firm was aware of his unsavory behavior but did little to safeguard staff.

In 2024, the CEO predicted, “we can start to establish a profitable firm again.” The CEO referred to 2023 as “a transition year.”

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Net sales for the fourth quarter of last year increased just 1.3%, to 5.21 billion euros

Net sales for the fourth quarter of last year increased just 1.3%, to 5.21 billion euros, over the same period in the previous year. The company cited a 50% decline in revenue in China and greater supply and shipping expenses, which pricing increases could not compensate for.

The Herzogenaurach, Germany-based corporation reported a net profit of 638 million euros for the entire year on revenues that increased 6% to 22.5 billion euros.

Adidas’ top sales and marketing executives were replaced, further upending its hierarchy. Following Roland Auschel’s retirement from the company after 33 years, Arthur Hoeld, now in charge of the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region, will take over as global sales chief.

Brian Grevy, the head of global brands, will retire on March 31. CEO Gulden will handle his marketing and product duties.

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Using AI, Mastercard Expects To Find Compromised Cards Quicker, Before They Get Used By Criminals

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NEW YORK  — Mastercard said Wednesday that it hopes to detect that your credit or debit card number has been compromised long before it falls into the hands of a cybercriminal.

Mastercard’s most recent software upgrade incorporates artificial intelligence into its fraud-prediction system, which it hopes will allow banks to replace stolen cards before criminals use them.

“Generative AI is going to allow us to figure out where you possibly got your credentials compromised, how we can identify how it happened, and how we can very quickly remedy that situation not only for you, but also for other customers who don’t know they are compromised yet,” said Johan Gerber, executive vice president of security and cyber innovation at Mastercard, in an interview.

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Using AI, Mastercard Expects To Find Compromised Cards Quicker, Before They Get Used By Criminals

Mastercard, based in Purchase, New York, says that with this new update, it can use other patterns or contextual information, such as geography, time, and addresses, and combine it with incomplete but compromised credit card numbers that appear in databases, allowing it to reach cardholders sooner and replace the bad card.

The patterns can now be applied in reverse, potentially employing batches of faulty cards to identify potentially hacked businesses or payment processors. According to Gerber, pattern identification goes beyond what humans can perform with database queries or other typical approaches.

Billions of stolen credit and debit card numbers are floating on the dark web, ready for purchase by any thief. Most were stolen from merchants in data breaches over the years, but a substantial number were stolen from unwary customers who used their credit or debit cards at the incorrect gas station, ATM, or online shop.

These compromised cards may go undiscovered for weeks, months, or even years. Only when the payment networks themselves dig into the dark web to look for stolen numbers, a merchant discovers a breach, or a criminal uses a card do the payment networks, and banks realize a batch of cards may be compromised.

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Using AI, Mastercard Expects To Find Compromised Cards Quicker, Before They Get Used By Criminals

“We can now actually proactively reach out to the banks to make sure that we service that consumer and get them a new card in her or his hands so they can go about their lives with as little disruption as possible,” Gerber stated.

The payment networks are primarily attempting to transition away from “static” credit card or debit card numbers — card numbers and expiration dates that are used consistently across all businesses — and toward unique numbers for specific transactions. However, that transformation could take years, especially in the United States, where payment technology uptake is typically slow.

While chip cards are currently used in more than 90% of all in-person transactions worldwide, EMVCo, the technological body behind the chip in credit and debit cards, estimates that the proportion in the United States is closer to 70%.

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Using AI, Mastercard Expects To Find Compromised Cards Quicker, Before They Get Used By Criminals

Mastercard’s announcement comes as its main competitor, Visa Inc., looks for ways to force users to discard their 16-digit credit and debit card numbers. Visa revealed big changes to how credit and debit cards will work in the United States last week, implying that Americans will carry fewer physical cards in their wallets and that the 16-digit credit or debit card number inscribed on each card will become less relevant.

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Group Of Tesla Shareholders Ask Investors To Vote Against Musk’s Compensation Package

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A group of Tesla shareholders is urging investors to vote against CEO Elon Musk’s compensation package worth more than $40 billion, arguing that it is not in the company’s best interests.

Tesla is grappling with declining global sales, sluggish electric car demand, an older model lineup, and a stock price that has fallen 30% this year.

The shareholder group, which includes New York City Comptroller Brad Lander, SOC Investment Group, and Amalgamated Bank, stated in a letter to shareholders that ratifying Musk’s pay deal will not positively impact Tesla’s long-term growth and stability.

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Group Of Tesla Shareholders Ask Investors To Vote Against Musk’s Compensation Package

There is also concern that ratifying the remuneration package may result in litigation alleging corporate waste. According to the letter, Musk is perceived as a part-time CEO at Tesla, with his time increasingly being spent on other business commitments.

“Shareholders should not believe that this reward has any incentive effect—it does not. “What it does have is an excessiveness problem, which has been obvious since the beginning,” the organization stated.

They highlighted that if shareholders approve the remuneration package, another plan may be proposed next year.

“Given Tesla’s history of exponentially larger awards, Musk may well ask for another award,” the organization stated.

The group also requests that investors vote against the reelection of board members Kimbal Musk, Elon Musk’s brother, and James Murdoch, a former executive at media conglomerate Twenty-First Century Fox

Tesla urged shareholders this month to reinstate Musk’s $56 billion pay plan, which a Delaware judge had earlier this year rejected. At the time, it also requested that the company’s headquarters be moved to Texas.

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Group Of Tesla Shareholders Ask Investors To Vote Against Musk’s Compensation Package

Stockholders will vote on the measures at the June 13 annual meeting.

In a statement to shareholders published in a regulatory filing last month, Chairperson Robyn Denholm stated that Musk has delivered on the automaker’s growth expectations. Tesla meets all of the stock value and operational benchmarks outlined in the 2018 shareholder package. Shares have been up 571% since the pay package began

“Because the Delaware Court second-guessed your decision, Elon has not been paid for any of his work for Tesla for the past six years that has helped to generate significant growth and stockholder value,” Denholm stated in a letter. “That strikes us — and the many stockholders from whom we already have heard — as fundamentally unfair, and inconsistent with the will of the stockholders who voted for it.”

Tesla reported record deliveries of more than 1.8 million electric vehicles worldwide in 2023, but the value of its stock has fallen sharply this year as EV sales have slowed.

The business said it shipped 386,810 automobiles from January to March, about 9% fewer than last year. Future growth is still being determined, and convincing shareholders to support a large pay package in a growing global competition may be difficult.

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Last year, Tesla reduced the costs of some models by up to $20,000. The price decreases caused the prices of used electric vehicles to fall, reducing Tesla’s profit margins.

In April, Tesla said it laid off around 10% of its workforce, or 14,000 individuals

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Studio Ghibli Takes A Bow At Cannes With An Honorary Palme D’Or

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CANNES, France — The Cannes Film Festival honored Studio Ghibli, the Japanese cartoon factory of surreal ecological wonders that has captivated moviegoers for 39 years, with tales of Totoros, enchanted jellyfish, and floating castles, on Monday with an honorary Palme d’Or.

In the 22 years that Cannes has given out honorary Palmes, Ghibli’s prize was the first for anything other than an individual filmmaker or actor. (This year’s other winners include George Lucas and Meryl Streep.) Hayao Miyazaki, the 83-year-old animation genius who co-founded Studio Ghibli with Isao Takahata and Toshio Suzuki in 1985, did not attend the ceremony but spoke via video message from Japan.

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Studio Ghibli Takes A Bow At Cannes With An Honorary Palme D’Or

“I don’t understand any of this,” Miyazaki replied. “But thank you.”

At Cannes, where standing ovations may last for hours, Ghibli’s envoys — Goro Miyazaki (son of Hayao) and Kenichi Yoda — received one of the festival’s most thunderous responses. Thierry Fremaux, Cannes’ creative director, walked across the platform of the Grand Théâtre Lumière to shoot the extended ovation, which he stated will be sent to Miyazaki via video.

“With this Palme d’Or, we’d like to thank you for all the magic you’ve brought to cinema,” said Iris Knobloch, the festival’s president, who presented the award.

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Studio Ghibli Takes A Bow At Cannes With An Honorary Palme D’Or

The occasion was honored not with a new Ghibli picture but by four previously unreleased short films outside of Japan. “Mei and the Baby Cat Bus,” a minor sequel to Miyazaki’s 1989 film “My Neighbor Totoro,” grows the Cat Bus from that classic to a full fleet of cat conveyances, most notably the small Baby Cat Bus

The films were all created for the Studio Ghibli Museum outside Tokyo, including “Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess,” a culinary-themed desert for Miyazaki’s 2001 film “Spirited Away.” The other two—”House Hunting” and “Boro the Caterpillar”—create acoustic mini-adventures for forest critters.

Miyazaki’s long-awaited “The Boy and the Heron” won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in March, so the Studio Ghibli party came soon after. (A documentary on its making, “Hayao Miyazaki and the Heron,” was also shown at Cannes.)

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Studio Ghibli Takes A Bow At Cannes With An Honorary Palme D’Or

Miyazaki also sat out at the ceremony. Goro Miyazaki, whose own films include “From Up on Poppy Hill” and “Tales From Earthsea,” revealed that they had to wrap the Oscar in a hotel towel before bringing it home to his father. On Monday, he was relieved that the Cannes prize is portable.

“I’m reassured seeing the Palme d’Or was in a box,” he remarked, smiling.

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