Amazon reveals first 5 companies to receive investments from its $2B Climate Pledge Fund

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Inside an Amazon fulfillment center in Dupont, Wash. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)

Amazon on Thursday announced the first five companies selected to receive investments from its Climate Pledge Fund, a $2 billion initiative revealed in June to support innovations that will help the Seattle-based cloud computing and online shopping behemoth reduce its carbon emissions.

“The Climate Pledge Fund invests in visionary companies whose products and services can empower a low carbon economy,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in statement. “Today, I am excited to announce that we are investing in a group of companies that are channeling their entrepreneurial energy into helping Amazon and other companies reach net zero by 2040 and keep the planet safer for future generations.”

Amazon declined to comment on how much it is investing in each company. A spokesperson said amounts range from hundreds of thousands in seed and early-stage investments to multi-million dollar

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Crypto Conversation: The $3.9 Million Mistake

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What’s hot in crypto?

The cost of transaction fees. Let me explain, here we’re looking at something different from usual. We’re tracking the cost of transaction fees on Ethereum since the beginning of 2020. It’s a recap of the major decentralized finance governance token launches that have made headlines in the past few months and how the fees have shot up and down and up. 

How has the fee price changed?

Ethereum “gas fees” — or transaction fees — have reached striking new highs, as new decentralized finance protocols require more complex transactions. Increased demand fueled by “yield-farming” has also affected fees. Yield farming is the attempt to get crypto assets to produce the most returns possible, often by moving assets around and trying to spot the highest annual percentage yields. 

Remember, fees on Ethereum are measured in “gas.” More complex transactions require more gas, and the cost of that

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Uber: In-App Voter Registration, Discount Election Day Rides

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Uber  (UBER) – Get Report and Lyft  (LYFT) – Get Report will both offer cheaper rides to and from polling booths to address gaps in transportation needs on Election Day, the companies said on Tuesday.

On Nov. 3, Lyft said it would offer a 50% discount for a one-way ride worth up to $10 to any polling booth or ballot dropbox.

Lyft also will work with nonprofit groups, including the Black Women’s Roundtable, the National Federation of the Blind and the Student Veterans of America, to offer free and discounted rides to underserved communities, the company added.

“By providing access to free and discounted rides to arena voting sites in Atlanta, Charlotte, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Orlando, Lyft is making it easier for voters in key population centers to safely exercise their right to vote this fall,” said Executive Vice President of Public Affairs Michael Tyler in

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Oracle Has Been ‘Very Secretive’ About TikTok Talks

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Oracle has emerged as the preferred buyer of TikTok’s U.S. assets, multiple media reports suggested Sunday, after the video-sharing app’s China-based parent rejected a competing offer from Microsoft.

ByteDance informed Microsoft of its decision earlier Sunday, the Redmond, Washington-based tech giant said in a statement, paving the way for an Oracle-led consortium to pick up the U.S. assets, both Bloomberg and Reuters have reported. Walmart and Microsoft were considered front-runners for the TikTok franchise, after the world’s largest retailer joined the tech giant’s pursuit in late August, just days after software group Oracle indicated it was also interested in the valuable American operations. 

However, both President Donald Trump, who ordered the sale of TikTok’s U.S. business last month under the guise of national security concerns, and the Chinese government need to approve the sale by September 20. If that deadline passes, Trump told reporters over the weekend, TikTok will cease

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TikTok Latest News on U.S.-China Status: ByteDance Says It Won’t Sell Algo: SCMP

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TikTok’s parent ByteDance has decided it won’t sell or transfer the algorithm behind the video-sharing app in any sale or divestment, the South China Morning Post reported, citing a source briefed on the Chinese company’s boardroom discussions.

The company will not hand out the source code behind the social media platform but the company’s U.S. based technology team would be free to develop a new algorithm, the newspaper said, adding that this would be a condition for a sale of the company’s U.S. assets.

ByteDance and TikTok didn’t immediately respond to the newspaper’s request for comment.

Separately, Fox reporter Charles Gasparino tweeted on Sunday that any TikTok deal would probably require negotiations between the U.S. government and its Chinese counterpart to succeed.

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Silicon Labs’ CEO: We’re a One-Stop Shop for Wireless IoT Chips

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With the help of new products and a recent acquisition, Silicon Labs  (SLAB) – Get Report is uniquely well-positioned in the fast-growing market for IoT wireless connectivity chips, its CEO argues.

Like rivals such as NXP Semiconductors  (NXPI) – Get Report, Analog Devices  (ADI) – Get Report and Infineon, Silicon Labs has a pretty diverse product line. Along with wireless connectivity chips, the company sells (among other things) radio chips, standalone microcontrollers (MCUs), sensors, power management ICs and signal timing and isolation chips.

But unlike many of its rivals, Silicon Labs doesn’t own chip manufacturing plants. Rather, it relies entirely on foundries such as Taiwan Semiconductor  (TSM) – Get Report to manufacture its chip designs.

Earlier this week, in tandem with the start of a developer conference focused on the company’s IoT/smart home offerings and partnerships, Silicon Labs unveiled the BGM220S,

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US stocks swing from gains to losses Thursday as wild week continues

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NEW YORK (AP) — US stocks are swinging between gains and losses on Thursday, as Wall Street turns mixed following a week of sudden, jarring shifts.

The S&P 500 was down 0.2% in midday trading, after giving up an earlier gain of 0.8%. It follows up on a wild stretch where the index careened from its worst three-day slump since June to its best day in nearly three months.

Tech stocks have been at the center of the market’s swings, hurt by criticism that their recession-defying surge in recent months was overdone. The Nasdaq, which is full of tech stocks, was up 0.1% and on pace for a second day of gains. But stocks within it were bouncing up and down, and it’s still below its record set last week after dropping 10% from last Thursday through Tuesday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 41 points, or 0.1%, at

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All of our 5G Samsung smartphone deals are available to new and existing customers

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You have been talking, and at AT&T we have been listening.  Our top priority is making sure our customers feel heard, valued and appreciated.  It turns out, it’s not complicated to know what they want.  One thing continues to rise to the top of focus groups, survey data, and social media posts:

Why do new customers get better deals than existing customers?

Our research shows that 84% of all postpaid wireless customers think this is unfair.

That’s why in early August, we celebrated the launch of our fast, reliable, and secure nationwide 5G by including 5G in all of our postpaid unlimited wireless plans at no additional cost.*  And by offering the same great deal to new and existing customers on our best Samsung 5G smartphones.  Switch, add a line or upgrade – everyone gets the same great price.  Right now, when you sign up for an AT&T unlimited plan

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4 Things Learned From Apple and Tesla Stock Splits | Personal-finance

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Although a stock split has absolutely no bearing on a company’s market cap or fundamentals — i.e., it’s entirely cosmetic and designed to raise or lower a company’s share price and shares outstanding — you certainly wouldn’t know it by looking at Apple’s and Tesla’s recent performance.

With these splits now in the rearview mirror, here are four important takeaways that could dictate whether other high-flying stocks follow suit.

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1. Stock splits create a strong perception of value

The first lesson we learned from these two stock splits is just how important investor perception can be.

For example, whether you have one share of Tesla at $2,000 or five shares at $400, your total value owned is exactly the same. But psychologically speaking, it’s a lot easier for an investor to come to terms with buying additional shares of Tesla stock at $400 than it is

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Bill requiring diverse boards in California could have broader impact

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