July 1, 2022
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Good morning! SCOTUS ruled 6-3 yesterday that the EPA cannot use the Clean Air Act to regulate power plant greenhouse gas emissions. Now what?
The Supreme Court stripped away the EPA’s power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, which produce 25% of the country’s carbon emissions.
Now, any attempt to regulate power plant emissions will likely go to court and will not end well for the agency, Protocol Climate editor Brian Kahn told me.
But all is not lost. States, utilities and tech companies are going to need to pick up the slack.
Tech companies could make the biggest impact of all by taking an active role in lobbying for stricter climate legislation to combat the outsized influence that the fossil fuel industry has on Washington.
But given that few tech companies jumped to support climate initiatives in the Build Back Better Act earlier this year, “that's probably the best we can hope for and maybe not one of the more likely outcomes,” Brian said.
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Apple is finally complying with South Korea’s new law on App Store purchases, allowing developers to bypass the iPhone maker’s own payment system.
The rule might not hurt Apple that much. The company was worried last year that making the change would open the door for fraud, hurt privacy and make it harder to manage payments. But Apple is still taking a sizable chunk of money from apps using third-party payment methods, so developers might not think an external payment system is even worth it.
But South Korea’s rules still pave the way for other governments to take a crack at Apple and Google’s rules. And some already have.
Since Epic’s lawsuit against Apple last year, the company’s so-called walled garden is getting more and more cracks. But rules targeting Apple and Google may need to be more aggressive to be impactful.
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The competitive edge of digital solutions: For the last 50 years, SAP has worked closely with our customers to solve some of the world’s most intricate problems. We have also seen, and have been a part of, rapid accelerations in technology in response. Across industries, certain paths have emerged to help businesses manage the unexpected challenges over the last few years.
Chris Cox said Meta's preparing for slow growth in the second half of this year:
Clarity AI's Rebeca Minguela said lots of investors misunderstand ESG, even Elon Musk:
Triller's looking to IPO. The short-form video app had just ended a $5 billion merger in hopes of going public instead.
FTX might buy BlockFi for cheap. It’ll reportedly pay about $25 million, 99% below BlockFi’s last private valuation, though BlockFi's CEO has dismissed the talk as "market rumors."
But FTX doesn’t want to buy Celsius anymore, seeing a $2 billion hole in its balance sheet.
Thomas Hansen is Amplitude's first president. Hansen was most recently UiPath's CRO.
Maggie McLean Suniewick is joining Twitter as VP of Partnerships. Suniewick last oversaw distribution and business development at NBCUniversal.
Shane Torchiana is replacing Travis VanderZanden as Bird’s president. VanderZanden will stay on as CEO and board chair.
Mark Uyeda has been sworn in as an SEC commissioner. Uyeda has served on the agency’s staff since 2006.
A former Apple lawyer pleaded guilty to insider trading. Gene Levoff was in charge of reviewing earnings documents before they were released to the public.
Tencent and ByteDance are laying off thousands of employees, sources told The Wall Street Journal. Chinese internet companies have already laid off thousands in recent months.
Starlink satellites can be used in trains, planes and automobiles now that it's gotten FCC approval.
The number of people reporting sexual assaults to Uber dropped in 2019 and 2020 compared to the previous two years. The pandemic could have played a role in that, but Uber said more than 99.9% of trips were completed without a safety complaint.
New York regulators denied the Greenidge crypto mining plant a key air-quality permit for not complying with the state's climate laws.
The FBI is digging the “Cryptoqueen.” Ruja Ignatova was added to the list of Ten Most Wanted fugitives over the $4 billion OneCoin fraud.
Just Eat might sell Grubhub. It’s also looking into a strategic partnership or partial sale. Who knows what will happen at this point!
Facebook NFTs are here. The platform started letting a select group of U.S. creators post them.
YouTube is cracking down on doppelgangers. The platform added three new policies to stop scammers from impersonating creators.
Amazon is censoring results of LGBTQ+ products in the UAE after facing government pressure. This includes flags, books and chest binders.
Companies have ripped job offers out from under their candidates in recent weeks. If you find yourself in that position, CNBC offers a few things you can do to pick yourself back up:
The competitive edge of digital solutions: When companies invest in maintaining their “green ledger” with the same commitment they have to their financial ledgers, they will be able to connect their environmental, social, and financial data holistically so they can steer their business towards sustainability. At the end of the day, what gets measured, gets managed.
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