This Week in Tech: Amazon takes on climate change

Happy Friday, everyone. Do you like tech news, but worried that you may have missed something throughout your busy week? Don’t worry – you’ve come to the right place. Here are the biggest stories in technology that our B2B PR teams have been monitoring.

Amazon tackles climate change

On Thursday, Jeff Bezos laid out a very ambitious plan for his company to combat climate change. He pledged that Amazon will meet the sustainability goals of the United Nations Paris Agreement 10 years early and will be measuring and reporting on the company’s emissions on a regular basis. Bezos says that he expects 80 percent of Amazon’s energy use to come form renewable sources by 2024. He also announced a big first step towards this lofty goal – the purchase of 100,000 electric delivery vans – which will start hitting the road by 2021.

California Governor signs gig worker bill into law

California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed AB-5, a much discussed gig worker protections bill, into law. The bill aims to make sure that gig economy workers are getting minimum wage, workers’ compensation and other benefits. Not surprisingly, the bill is wildly unpopular with tech companies like Uber that are reliant on these workers. For more on that, check out Leslie’s blog from last week.

Verizon 5G coming to the big apple

The company will launch its 5G network in parts of New York City on September 26th, reaching areas of Manhattan and select parts of Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens. This will be the 11th city to receive the roll out and is considered to be its biggest test to date.

Huawei suspended from cybersecurity trade group

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Huawei has been suspended from an under the radar global trade group consisting of companies, governments and experts that works to halt data breaches and share info about new vulnerabilities. The group, called the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (aka “First”) was set up in the 90s and includes representatives from major organizations like Cisco, Hitachi, Siemans AG and Juniper Networks.

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