Hey, Jeff Bezos: I work for Amazon and I’m protesting against your firm’s climate inaction

Later this month, more than 1,000 Amazon staffers will walk out to demand action. Rebecca Sheppard is one of the strikes organizers Since late last year, a group of workers within Amazon have been organizing to push the company to radically reduce its carbon emissions. Yesterday, they Global Climate Strike. So far, more than 1,000 workers have pledged to participate. The organizers have three demands. They want the company to commit to zero emissions by 2030, to have zero custom cloud computing contracts with fossil fuel companies and to spend zero dollars on funding climate-denying lobbyists and politicians. I spoke to one of the walkouts organizers, a 28-year-old Amazon employee in Seattle named Rebecca Sheppard. We spoke about the origins …

Cops Are Offering Ring Doorbell Cameras in Exchange for Info

On June 21, Chris Williams, the captain of the El Monte Police Department in California, sent an email to staff reminding them about a new incentive for crime witnesses to share information with law enforcement. Rather than the cash reward used by some programs, El Monte gave out camera-equipped doorbells made by the home security company Ring, which retail starting at $99. “The Ring Home Security Camera system provides not only intelligence about suspect’s action and descriptions, but serves as a deterrent to crime,” Williams wrote, according to documents obtained in response to a public records request. Earlier that year, El Monte had entered into an official partnership with Ring, which gives officers access to an online platform where they …

Week-in-Review: Googles never-ending autonomous road trip

Hello, weekend readers. This is Week-in-Review, where I give a heavy amount of analysis and/or rambling thoughts on one story while scouring the rest of the hundreds of stories that emerged on TechCrunch this week to surface my favorites for your reading pleasure. Last week, I talked about how Alexa wasn’t forgetting what you requested because that data was more valuable than one might think. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images The big story In thinking about what to highlight in this week’s newsletter, I was tempted to talk about Zoom and Apple and Superhuman and the idea that secure communications can get screwed up when consent is bypassed, and I’m sure that’s something I’ll dig into down the road, but …

FedEx ends express delivery contract with Amazon

FedEx will not renew a contract with Amazon to provide express delivery for the e-commerce giant’s packages in the United States. FedEx, which made the announcement Friday, said in a statement the change would not affect other existing contracts with Amazon or international services. FedEx Express only impacts air services. FedEx will still serve as a carrier for Amazon for last-mile deliveries. Amazon said in a statement that it respects FedEx’s decision and thanked them for its “role serving Amazon customers over the years.” Dean Kamen, who invented the