Aug 10, 2017

Fired Google engineer: memo based on "scientific evidence"


James Damore, a Google engineer, was fired after a controversial memo he wrote leaked last weekend. Damore told Bloomberg Television last night that the memo was meant to "improve Google and Google's culture," and is based on "scientific evidence." Bloomberg reports that Damore is pursuing legal action against Google, but has not revealed on what grounds.

  • "It was only after it got viral that the upper management started shaming me and eventually firing me."
  • He said Google's hiring practices "treated people differently based on what their race and gender are," such as being given "multiple interviews in case the first one was bad."
  • He rejected the idea that his views discourage young women from joining tech: "If you're a girl and you're interested in technology then that's great...if anyone is interested in technology they should just pursue it."

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Trump threatens to "assume control" of Minneapolis over unrest

Flames from a nearby fire illuminate protesters standing on a barricade in front of the Third Police Precinct in Minneapolis on Thursday. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump threatened via Twitter early Friday to send the national guard to Minneapolis following three days of massive demonstrations and unrest in the city over George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody this week.

Details: "I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right," Trump tweeted after a police station was torched by some protesters.

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In photos: Protests over George Floyd's death grip Minneapolis

Protesters cheer as the Third Police Precinct burns behind them on in Minneapolis on Thursday night. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Cheering protesters set a Minneapolis police station on fire Thursday night in the third night of unrest following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in the city, per AP.

The state of play: Minnesota's governor on Thursday activated the state's national guard following violent outbreaks throughout the week, as the nation waits to see if the officers involved will be charged with murder.

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World coronavirus updates

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Axios Visuals

New Zealand has a single novel coronavirus case after reporting a week of no new infections, the Ministry of Health confirmed on Friday local time.

By the numbers: Nearly 6 million people have tested positive for COVID-19 and over 2.3 million have recovered from the virus. Over 357,000 people have died globally. The U.S. has reported the most cases in the world with over 1.6 million.