Aug 11, 2017

Google cancels diversity town hall after employees harassed online


Google CEO Sundar Pichai was to address the company's employees tonight about the firing of an engineer over a memo that claimed women were less suited for tech work, but that event was cancelled after employees names and questions were published "on a variety of largely alt-right sites," per Recode.

  • Pichai's memo: "We had hoped to have a frank, open discussion today as we always do to bring us together and move forward. But our Dory questions appeared externally this afternoon, and on some websites Googlers are now being named personally."
  • Recode reports that Google employees have been experiencing "doxxing," meaning their personal information is appearing online. There has been significant backlash to the decision to fire the engineer, James Damore, particularly from alt-right media.
  • What to watch for: There is a "March on Google" planned for multiple U.S. cities on August 19, promoted on alt-right media.

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What to watch in tonight's Democratic debate

Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally in Colorado. Photo: Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Bernie Sanders is now the clear front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, and his opponents are ready to try to knock him down at tonight's debate in Charleston, South Carolina β€” especially Michael Bloomberg, who was the punching bag at the Las Vegas debate.

Why it matters: This is the last debate before Super Tuesday, when Sanders is expected to win California and Texas and could secure an insurmountable lead for the Democratic nomination. That's a direct threat to the entire field, but especially to Bloomberg, who skipped the early states to focus on the March 3 contests.

Bob Iger to step down as CEO of Disney

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The Walt Disney Company said Tuesday that it had named longtime Disney executive Bob Chapek as CEO Bob Iger's successor, effectively immediately. Iger will remain executive chairman of the company through 2021.

Why it matters: Iger is credited with having successfully turned around Disney’s animation and studio businesses and with the strategic acquisition of Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox. Most recently, he was the person behind Disney's successful launch of its Netflix rival Disney+.

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