Welcome back after the long holiday weekend. The news of the day is that Instagram’s Twitter alternative is launching way sooner than we think (as in … tomorrow), Armani Beauty shows off its new group of Gen-Z ambassadors in its latest campaign, and TikTok’s latest beauty obsession sees people asking for freckle tattoos in droves. You can read these stories, and more, in the links below.

Is India the Next Frontier for Luxury Department Stores? Galeries Lafayette is set to open in Mumbai in 2023, leaving many analysts wondering if India is ready to accommodate more luxury multi-brand retail chains. (Business of Fashion)

Unilever Named ‘International Sponsor of War’ by Ukraine. After a new Russian law was enacted that obliges all large companies operating in the country to contribute directly to its war effort, Ukraine added both Unilever and Procter & Gamble to its “sponsors of war” list as both continue to operate in Russia after its full-scale invasion of Ukraine back in February 2022. (The Guardian)

Judge Orders Biden Officials to Limit Contact with Social-Media Companies. In a 155-page ruling issued on Tuesday, a US district judge barred White House officials and multiple federal agencies from contacting social media companies about online content, ruling that the policing of social media posts in the past has likely violated the First Amendment. (The Wall Street Journal)

How Generative and Visual AI are Forming the Foundation of Shopping 2.0. This piece delves into the ways in which this technology is already transforming everything from merchandising to search, and how we can expect AI to improve on-site customer experiences and maximize efficiency on the backend. (Retail Info Systems)

What is Threads? Instagram’s Twitter Alternative to Launch July 6. Meta has listed its new Twitter competitor to Apple’s App Store, explaining it will be available tomorrow. Here’s everything you need to know about the new platform. (Fast Company)

Why Your Business Needs a Chief AI Officer. The sooner businesses create a role to oversee the integration of AI into their companies, the better, says Daniel Linden, co-creator and chief AI officer of a chiefaiofficer.com, a company that helps train and certify C-suite level individuals who will take on this role. (Forbes)

Armani Beauty Tapped 4 Male Gen-Z Ambassadors to Launch Its New Acqua di Gio Parfum. Back in February, Armani Beauty announced the formation of Gen A, an eight-person group of Gen-Z ambassadors — including Chase Stokes and Lukas Gage — and this week, they have their first task: the faces of a newer, more potent version of its iconic Acqua di Gio fragrance. (Glossy)

Is It Freckle Juice? No, Freckle Tattoos. The latest TikTok beauty obsession is freckle tattoos, with thousands of people across the country trying it out. (The New York Times)