Amazon to use low-carbon fuels to combat delivery emissions

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Amazon to use low-carbon fuels to combat emissions: The tech giant will purchase “electrofuel,” a diesel substitute from Infinium, to power delivery trucks and fuel 5 million miles of travel each year. The fuel can be used in the company’s existing fleet without making any changes and is another step in Amazon’s efforts to curb its rising carbon emissions. Read more.

Other Amazon news:

  • PillPack founders leaving: TJ Parker and Elliot Cohen will depart four years after the tech giant acquired the online pharmacy as an early step in its broader push into healthcare.
  • Football boosts Prime: Amazon reported the largest three hours of signups ever for its subscription service during its first exclusive stream of “Thursday Night Football.”

Consumer robotics leader joins GeekWire Summit lineup: Amazon VP Ken Washington is a nuclear engineer by training who now oversees initiatives including the company’s Astro home robot. He’ll be a featured speaker at our upcoming tech conference, Oct. 6-7 in Seattle. Read more and sign up.

Funding news:

Seattle startup reveals software-powered secretary: Augment AI, a spinout of the Allen Institute for AI, opened a private beta of its AI-powered sidekick for professionals. Read more.

Tech Moves: Ex-Twilio CIO named CTO at Slalom; Eviation adds CEO; Docugami builds team; and more personnel moves.

Blockchain VC firm raises second fund: The Seattle-area firm Bloccelerate, which backs startups building blockchain-related technologies, raised $20 million of a larger fund, according to a new SEC filing. Read more.

Thanks for reading and have a great day. — GeekWire managing editor Taylor Soper, taylor@geekwire.com; and reporter Kurt Schlosser, kurt@geekwire.com.

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