New Yorkers won’t give up the fight to stop Amazon colonising our city | Arwa Mahdawi

Why is Jeff Bezos getting subsidies for his new HQ when one in 10 public school children is homeless and the transit system is crumbling?

I have come up with a cunning way to save money on my taxes this year. I will simply tell New York’s tax authorities that they should consider it a privilege to have me in the state – one they should jolly well pay for. After all, if I hadn’t moved to New York, they wouldn’t be getting a dime out of me. My decision to base my personal headquarters in NYC, and pay taxes here, rather than one of the many other cities I vaguely considered living in, means I deserve an enormous subsidy.

Impeccable logic, right? The New York governor, Andrew Cuomo, certainly seems to think so. Amazon’s decision to split its second headquarters across Queens, New York, and Arlington, Virginia, has led to considerable backlash. Many New Yorkers, myself included, are concerned about the uber-rich behemoth exacerbating gentrification, perpetuating unethical business practices and receiving enormous taxpayer subsidies. According to Cuomo, this anger is entirely unwarranted; he recently responded to accusations that New York had essentially given one of the richest companies in the world $1bn to open up in the city with an angry op-ed explaining this was absolutely not the case. Au contraire, morons: “New York doesn’t give Amazon $100 million. Amazon gives New York $900 million.” This revenue, he explains, is from “state and city taxes, including income taxes”.

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Finding the cloud under the sea: Chips with Everything podcast

Jordan Erica Webber dives down to the ocean floor to look at the fibre-optic cables that carry nearly 99% of all transoceanic data traffic

In July 2018, Facebook confirmed reports that it planned to launch an internet satellite called Athena into low-Earth orbit early next year. According to an application filed with the Federal Communications Commission, the goal is “efficiently providing broadband access to unserved and underserved areas throughout the world”.

Early in November the FCC approved SpaceX‘s request to launch a constellation of 7,518 satellites into orbit. Elon Musk’s private American space technology company now has the permission to launch its full satellite internet constellation, Starlink, which adds up to nearly 12,000 spacecraft. The two firms have ended up in a 21st-century space race, of sorts.

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