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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos issued a letter to shareholders touching on a number of topics.
First up, Bezos revealed that Amazon now has over 200 million amazon prime subscribers.
That’s 50 million more than the start of 2020 Bezos also talks about unionization efforts.
He said that he does not take comfort in the outcome.
The bid to establish a union at an Amazon warehouse was defeated by a two to one margin.
Bezos said that it is clear to him that the company needs a better vision for employees.
Google Earth got a huge Update Users will now be able to see how landscapes and geography anywhere in the world have changed over time.
The feature is called time lapse and it is compiled from 24 million satellite images from 1984 to 2020.
Rebecca Moore, Director of Google Earth said that one of the aims of the project is to give people tools to study the impacts of climate change.
If you’ve ever wanted a flying car you’ve got an opportunity to land one soon.
a startup called NF T is taking deposits now for its flying car called Oscar.
The deposit is $5,000 and Oscar is scheduled for a 2026 release.
The money will be held in an escrow account and to be fully refundable.
The company is planning a limited run of the Oscar, with 1500 units, which will each cost, $789,000.
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Digital payments company Square is now offering checking and savings accounts for small-business customers. On Tuesday, the company unveiled Square Banking, a set of tools for collecting payments, managing banking and viewing cash flow all at once.

“When you take payments and bank through Square, everything is connected. Watch your sales flow directly into Square banking, so accessing and moving your money is fast, easy — and can even be automated,” Square said in a press release.

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Square Banking is the latest expansion by the payments company run by Jack Dorsey, who’s also CEO of Twitter. Last week, Dorsey said Square will create a new business focused on the Bitcoin cryptocurrency, to help developers design decentralized financial products.

The new checking and savings accounts join the company’s lending option, now called Square Loans, as well as the Square debit card, which the company launched in 2019 for business customers. 

The new accounts will let businesses access money they bring in through Square payments, without first having to transfer it to a separate bank account. Square said the new banking accounts don’t have a minimum balance and that there aren’t monthly account fees. 

Square’s checking accounts will be provided by Sutton Bank, which also issues the Square debit card. Square said funds are FDIC-insured.

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With employees expected to start returning to the office in September, Apple is reportedly clamping down even future on remote work. Some Apple employees are saying it’s even harder to get remote work approved now that the company is moving forward with its hybrid plan, according to a report Thursday from The Verge

Apple’s corporate culture is well known throughout Silicon Valley as secretive, often requiring employees to be on site. However, there were some exceptions to this and some teams were more lenient about remote work, according to The Verge. But now, some of these previous exceptions are reportedly being denied. 

In June, Apple told employees it expects them to be in the office at least three days a week. Employees reportedly pushed back on this plan, asking CEO Tim Cook for more flexibility. Apple reportedly dismissed the request and told employees that “in-person collaboration is essential to our culture and our future.”

Some Apple employees have said they plan to quit due to the hybrid work policy, reported The Verge, citing messages in a company Slack channel. 

Apple isn’t the only tech company grappling with plans to return to the office following the COVID-19 pandemic. Google, which similarly is asking most employees to be in office three days a week, has frustrated employees with what they say are inflexible and opaque remote work policies. Last month, Facebook extended remote work options to all of its employee, and Twitter has said all employees will have the option to work from home permanently. 

Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. 

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