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Benchmark Capital was an early investor in Uber, and one of its partners sits on Uber’s board. Now, the venture capital firm is suing former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, claiming he fraudulently engineered a scheme to retain control of the company. The lawsuit, filed in Chancery Court in Delaware, centers on a plan, approved by …

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai abruptly canceled a planned companywide meeting on Thursday intended to air concerns raised by a former employee’s broadside against Google’s diversity programs. The move came just minutes before the meeting was to start, as the company that aims to organize the world’s information struggles to deal with reverberations from the memo …

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai is hosting a companywide town hall meeting Thursday to discuss a controversial memo about Google’s diversity practices that led to the firing of its author, James Damore. Based on the questions being submitted by Google employees, the session promises to be lively, with Pichai being probed by both employees who were …

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The Google engineer fired after posting a 10-page screed railing against the company’s diversity initiatives tells WIRED he plans to sue. Legal experts say he might have a case. “Yes he has a leg to stand on,” says Eve Wagner, a partner at the Los Angeles law firm Sauer & Wagner who specializes in employment …

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Tic tac toe, checkers, chess, go, poker. Artificial intelligence rolled over each of these games like a relentless tide. Now Google’s DeepMind is taking on the multiplayer space-war videogame StarCraft II. No one expects the robot to win anytime soon. But when it does, it will be a far greater achievement than DeepMind’s conquest of …

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James Damore, the former Google engineer who was fired Monday after posting a missive criticizing the company’s diversity programs, offended fellow Harvard graduate students with an off-color skit during a 2012 retreat, prompting two professors to send an email apologizing for the performance. At the time, Damore was a doctoral student in systems biology. Along …

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Bitcoin: fad or the future? The question has dogged the digital currency since its inception nearly a decade ago, and recent developments raise it anew. Last week, a new variant of bitcoin emerged via a “fork” in its underlying code, threatening to confuse and divide the still-small world of bitcoin adherents. Meanwhile, the price of …

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SoftBank, the Japanese telecommunications giant, has been on a multibillion-dollar acquisition and investment spree for the past year or so. It isn’t over. Today the pharmaceutical company Roivant is announcing a $1.1 billion investment, mostly from the SoftBank Vision Fund. It’s perhaps the largest single biotech investment ever. And after the biggest biotech IPOs of …

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Recently fired Google engineer James Damore, author of the now-infamous ‘antidiversity memo’ that caused a firestorm both at Google and beyond, had a fairly easy time finding support from his coworkers. According to screenshots of discussions on Google’s internal message forum, several employees agreed with the 10-page manifesto that cost Damore his job. That memo, …

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The former Google employee who was fired after posting a missive criticizing the company’s diversity efforts calls his dismissal illegal and says he is “exploring all possible legal remedies.” James Damore said via email Monday night that he was told he was fired for “‘perpetuating gender stereotypes.’” Damore, a senior software engineer who had worked …

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