Apple, Twitter & the EU
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December 19, 2022
Topics: Apple, tech laws, EVs, Tesla, Twitter, EU, Waymo, robo-taxis, PepsiCo, Rewiring America, SILO, zero-waste, sustainable restaurants
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🍎Apple and the EU The European Union took strong steps to hold big technology and digital-based companies accountable this year. Over the past months it has rolled out laws addressing issues on privacy and monopoly prevention, aiming to provide users with more choices and more security.
One EU law, the Digital Markets Acts (DMA), is now getting Apple to loosen its app store policies and allow sideloading alternative app stores on its mobile devices. The EU is Apple's second biggest market and some of the tech giant’s officials have said the changes might come with Apple's new iOS version. All tech companies are required to comply with DMA no later than 2024, or else be fined up to 20% of annual global revenue.
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👇Twitter and the EU Elon Musk’s actions on Twitter since he took over the social network have been overtly controversial. Musk said that he will start allowing hate speech, which will violate a new EU rule known as DSA the “Digital Services Act.” The EU on November 30 warned him of a potential Twitter ban if he implements his plan. He will now understand that bans work both ways, and the EU is intent to show him that he will not replace governments with Twitter.
Introduced on November 16, DSA requires tech companies and digital platforms (the likes of Twitter and Facebook and even small firms and porn sites) to ban hate speech and ads targeting people based on political beliefs. Taking effect in the summer of 2023, the law empowers the EU to fine violators and even prohibit big tech firms from operating across its region if necessary. Replying to the EU warning, Elon Musk said that his new business would comply with applicable law. Will Elon step down? Stay tuned!
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💥Waymo robotaxis in Phoenix Waymo’s autonomous driving EVs are not new on Phoenix roads. Waymo started testing its autonomous EVs (robotaxis) along the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport this year to begin transporting people to and from the airport. City officials, led by Mayor Kate Gallego support Waymo's business.
Phoenix will now be the first city worldwide to use self-driving EVs in its airport as it prepares to host the next Super Bowl event in February 2023. Leaning forward into the future, Waymo is!
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👍It's here Tesla has finally delivered the EV trucks to PepsiCo, which announced on Friday, December 16, that it would deploy them beginning next year to convey foods and beverages to its customers across America. In 2017, the American multinational food & beverage corporation placed orders for 100 Tesla EV trucks, Semis, revealing its intention to electrify its delivery fleet then.
Beverage companies haven't really been in front of electrification, and it wasn't until last year that PepsiCo committed fully to addressing its environmental impact. The company will start with its Modesto and Sacramento locations in California, where it is collaborating with Tesla to install four 750-kilowatt charging stations to support EV charging.
⚡Inflation Reduction Act Climate-focused non-profit Rewiring America educates people in America about electric options and the benefits from electrification programs like the Inflation Reduction Act. Seven more companies, including Airbnb and Lyft, will now join it on the mission. Utility and energy market data platform Arcadia partnering with community-solar developers, Pennsylvania power utility Duquesne Light Company, and real estate brokerage Redfin are three other companies getting involved. The remaining two companies are climate-focused fintech Mosaic and Propel, a software developer for low-income households.
The companies intend to use their platforms to help people understand how they can use IRA benefits to go electric in their homes and lives. Offers of $10K-$14K rebates are available. While in Boston last month, VP Kamala Harris noted that the companies expect to reach more than ten million households in America. She also said that more companies and national partners would join the campaign in the coming months.
🚯Terrific trend Meet SILO, the world's first zero-waste restaurant. Since SILO opened in London's trendy North Laine district in 2014, it has raised the bar for all things ethical and culinary. The sustainable eatery recycles, reuses, and repurposes all its waste. And they sure do trade directly with farmers for the freshest ingredients.
SILO developed from an idea of not having a bin after the restaurant chief chef and owner, Doug McMasters, met Dutch artist and environmentalist Joost Bakker in 2011, with who he spearheaded a popup zero-waste restaurant in Australia called Wasted. McMaster says that “waste is a failure of the imagination.” It is located in an old warehouse. The restaurant recently became the first in the UK to get awarded the Michelin green star for sustainable gastronomy. This award honors restaurants with a focus on environmentally sustainable practices.
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