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The Vessel at Hudson Yards, New York City in Oct. 2019. Photo: Gary Hershorn/Getty Images

Amazon said it signed a new lease on Friday for 335,000 square feet of New York City's Hudson Yards neighborhood, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The big picture: Outrage from activists and local lawmakers and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over Amazon's now-canceled HQ2 has not curtailed Big Tech's massive physical expansion into New York.

Driving the news: Facebook is currently in talks to lease nearly 700,000 square feet of New York's iconic Farley Building, per WSJ, on top of a lease it signed in November for 1.5 million square feet in Hudson Yards.

  • The new lease would elevate Facebook to the top ranks of New York's largest corporate tenants, WSJ notes — alongside Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase.
  • Google said in 2018 that it hopes to start moving into Manhattan's Chelsea Market and Pier 57 by 2020, followed by establishing its 1.7 million-square-foot Google Hudson Square campus in 2022.

The bottom line: Amazon's new office space comes without any of the tax incentives offered as part of its New York HQ2 deal. Facebook signed its Hudson Yards lease without any direct local financial incentives or tax credits — but it is currently unknown what Facebook could get for moving into Farley Building, per WSJ.

Go deeper: After Amazon HQ2, Northern Virginia tries to build regional brand

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Scoop: Trump-backed Perdue says he wouldn’t have certified Georgia 2020 results

Perdue at a December 2020 campaign event in Columbus, Ga. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

Georgia gubernatorial candidate David Perdue wouldn’t have signed the certification of the state’s 2020 election results if he had been governor at the time, the former Senate Republican told Axios.

  • “Not with the information that was available at the time and not with the information that has come out now. They had plenty of time to investigate this. And I wouldn’t have signed it until those things had been investigated and that’s all we were asking for," he said.

Why it matters: There has been no evidence widespread fraud took place in Georgia's elections last year and the November results were counted three times, once by hand.

Beijing Olympics: These countries have announced diplomatic boycotts

Photo: Zhang Qiang/VCG via Getty Images

Several countries, including Canada and Australia, have announced they will join the U.S. in a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics to protest human rights abuses committed by China's government.

Driving the news: Leaders have faced pressure from human rights groups and others to boycott the Games, pointing to the ongoing genocide of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in China's Xinjiang region and other abuses.

Biden directs federal government to become carbon neutral by 2050

President Biden speaking to reporters outside of the White House on Dec. 8.

President Biden signed an executive order Wednesday that requires the federal government achieve multiple goals related to reducing its carbon emissions, including achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

Why it matters: Meeting the objectives of the order would require a massive investment by the federal government to buy electric vehicles, upgrade buildings and change how it procures electricity.