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By Foo Yun Chee

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU industry chief Thierry Breton met Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) Inc boss Elon Musk in Texas on Monday and the two signalled agreement on EU digital media regulation ahead of Musk’s purchase of Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) .

The meeting comes weeks after the world’s richest man clinched a deal to buy the social media company for $44 billion in cash.

In a video with the two men posted on Twitter by Breton, the EU official tells Musk that he explained the Digital Services Act to Musk. “It fits pretty well with what you think we should do,” Breton tells Musk in a tweet that included the hashtag #DSA.

“I think it’s exactly aligned with my thinking,” Musk responds.

The two did not go into detail on the new law, which levies hefty fines on companies if they do not control illegal content. The rules ban advertising aimed at children or based on religion, gender, race and political opinions, for example.

Musk secured the deal to buy Twitter last month with a pledge to revitalise the company and expand the number of users by cracking down on spam bots and reducing the amount of moderation to facilitate more “free speech”.

The billionaire’s comments prompted a rejoinder from Breton that Twitter must comply with new EU rules known as the Digital Services Act tackling illegal online content.

Breton and Musk had been expected to discuss global supply chain issues during the EU official’s visit to Tesla Inc’s new Austin plant.

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Synopsys Shares Up 4% Following Q2 Beat, Upbeat Guidance

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Synopsys (NASDAQ:SNPS) shares were trading more than 4% higher after-hours following Q2 results, with EPS of $2.50 coming in better than the consensus estimate of $2.37. Revenue was $1.28 billion, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.26 billion.

The company expects Q3 non-GAAP EPS in the range of $2.01- $2.06 and revenue in the range of $1.21 billion – 1.24 billion. This is better than the consensus of $1.61 and $1.14 billion, respectively.

For the full 2022-year, the company expects EPS in the range of $8.63 – $8.70 and revenue in the range of $5 billion – $5.05 billion. This compares favorably to the consensus of $7.90 and $4.81 billion, respectively.

Shares of Synopsys were down 26% year-to-date going into the results.

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Under Armour, Inc. (NYSE:UA), announced that Patrik Frisk will step down as President and CEO and as a member of the board of the company, effective June 1, 2022.

Colin Browne, the company’s COO, was appointed as interim President and CEO until a successor is named. Frisk, who joined the company in 2017, will remain as an advisor through September 1, 2022.

Under Armour Founder and Chairman, Kevin Plank, thanked Frisk for his service and said the company is “committed to identifying additional opportunities to drive improved returns for our shareholders and deliver for athletes, partners, and teammates.”

Shares of Under Armour were down 50% year-to-date into the CEO announcement and down about the same amount since Frisk’s took over as CEO.

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U.S. lodges labor complaint against Panasonic in Mexico

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – U.S. labor officials on Wednesday asked Mexico to probe whether workers at a Panasonic (OTC:PCRFY) auto parts factory were denied labor rights, marking the third U.S. labor complaint under a new trade deal that aims to improve workplace conditions in Mexico.

The request from the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) comes after a Mexican union last month petitioned the U.S. government to probe Panasonic’s plant in the northern border city of Reynosa, alleging violations of the 2020 United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said in a letter to Mexico’s Economy Minister Tatiana Clouthier that the agency was concerned workers were being denied rights to free association and collective bargaining at Panasonic Automotive Systems de Mexico.

Panasonic Corp of North America said in a statement it “respects and supports the rights of freedom of association and collective bargaining for our employees” and that it did not believe it denied these rights.

The unit of the Japanese industrial conglomerate said it would “continue to comply with all legal requirements … and cooperate with authorities as requested by the Mexican Government in its review.”

Tai noted that two previous labor complaints, also filed under the USMCA’s “Rapid Response Mechanism” that aims to swiftly resolve disputes, led to benefits for workers.

“When concerns arise, we will work swiftly to stand up for workers on both sides of the border,” Tai said in a statement.

Mexico’s economy and labor ministries did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The Mexican government has 10 days to agree whether to conduct a review.

The Mexican union that requested the inquiry, SNITIS, accused Panasonic of signing a union contract behind workers’ backs and of firing several dozen employees who protested.

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