Friday Five: Royal Mail goes electric in Bristol

1. Royal Mail’s first all-electric office in Bristol

Royal Mail has transformed Bristol East Central into its first delivery office to have an all-electric fleet of collection and delivery vehicles. It said Bristol was selected because of its plans to introduce a Clean Air Zone later this year, with motorists who drive the most polluting cars into the city centre set to be charged £9 a day.

2. Instagram rolls out global ‘hide likes’ feature

Instagram users now have the option to hide the number of likes they receive on posts, with the aim to “depressurise people’s experience” on the platform. The tool has been tested out in several countries since 2019, but is now being rolled out globally. It will also be available on Facebook in the next few weeks.

3. Uber to recognise union in landmark deal

Uber has agreed to recognise a trade union for the first time, in a landmark deal that could pave the way for a “fairer working life” for millions of gig economy workers. The GMB union will have the power to represent Uber’s 70,000 UK drivers in discussions over earnings, pensions, benefits and their health and wellbeing.

4. ASA bans another ‘irresponsible’ Bitcoin ad

Another week, another cryptocurrency advert falling foul of the Advertising Standards Authority. This time it’s an “irresponsible” ad which was plastered all over the tube and buses which said: “If you’re seeing Bitcoin on the Underground, it’s time to buy.” The ASA said the advert was misleading and left out important risk warnings.

5. No time to die for MGM as Bezos buys Bond

Amazon has agreed to buy MGM Studios for $8.45bn (£5.97bn) in a move that will give its Prime streaming service access to a huge back catalogue of content. MGM is one of Hollywood’s most famous studios, having produced classics such as Some Like It Hot and Singing In The Rain, not to mention the James Bond franchise.



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