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An Uber App is displayed on a phone in London. Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP

Barney Harford, the former CEO of Orbitz, will be joining Uber as its new chief operating officer, he announced on Twitter. Harford, who has been advising Uber's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi since October, used to work with him at Expedia about a decade ago. When Harford transitioned to Orbitz, they competed against one another until Harford sold Orbitz to Expedia in 2015, per Bloomberg.

Why it matters: Uber's executive team has several empty roles waiting to be filled, and this is Khosrowshahi's second major hire since taking the helm in September after a tumultuous year of revelations about Uber's culture.

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Ben Geman, author of Generate
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Tesla's wild rise and European plan

Tesla's market capitalization blew past $500 billion for the first time Tuesday.

Why it matters: It's just a number, but kind of a wild one. Consider, via CNN: "Tesla is now worth more than the combined market value of most of the world's major automakers: Toyota, Volkswagen, GM, Ford, Fiat Chrysler and its merger partner PSA Group."

Dave Lawler, author of World
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China's Xi Jinping congratulates Biden on election win

Photo: Paul J. Richards/AFP via Getty Images

Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message to President-elect Biden on Wednesday to congratulate him on his election victory, according to the Xinhua state news agency.

Why it matters: China's foreign ministry offered Biden a belated, and tentative, congratulations on Nov. 13, but Xi had not personally acknowledged Biden's win. The leaders of Brazil, Mexico and Russia are among the very few leaders still declining to congratulate Biden.

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
2 hours ago - Sports

College basketball is back

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

A new season of college basketball begins Wednesday, and the goal is clear: March Madness must be played.

Why it matters: On March 12, 2020, the lights went out on college basketball, depriving teams like Baylor (who won our tournament simulation), Dayton, San Diego State and Florida State of perhaps their best chance to win a national championship.