1. A US company is trying to trademark the shape of its lettuce: We live in a world where absolutely anything can be commoditized, monetized, trademarked, and privatized. If you make a joke on the internet and it goes viral, for example, it’s almost guaranteed that someone will try to profit from it. – Read More on the Guardian

2. EU seeks to simplify customs system, tighten up on e-commerce: The European Commission proposed on Wednesday a reform of customs rules for the surge of incoming packages ordered online and to cope with increased environmental and labor standards and sanctions on imported goods. – Read More on Reuters

3. TikTok’s sister app Douyin says GMV for e-commerce business grew 80 percent last year: The emergence of Douyin as a major e-commerce player has changed China’s online shopping landscape and challenged the dominant positions of Alibaba Group Holding and ByteDance is also using its experience at home to help TikTok generate revenue in overseas markets. – Read More on SCMP

4. How to invest in artificial intelligence: Exerts see parallels with the early period of the internet. Generative AI could provide a new pipeline of initial public offerings—and the foundation for the next generation of mega-cap tech firms. – Read More on the Economist

5. The Demand Latency Hangover: The problem is that traditional supply chain management solutions focus on mining historic demand patterns; and as such, are ineffective in translating shifts in markets at the speed of business. – Read More on Forbes

6. AI threatens humanity’s future, 61% of Americans say: Reuters/Ipsos poll. Lawmakers and AI companies are also concerned: OpenAI CEO Sam Altman on Tuesday testified before U.S. Congress, voicing concerns about potential misuse of the technology and asking for regulation. – Read More on Reuters