Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Photo: Eric Risberg / AP

The Google engineer who wrote a memo claiming, among other things, that tech's gender gap existed in part because men were biologically better suited for the work has been fired, Bloomberg reports.

  • James Damore, the memo's author, said he was fired for "perpetuating gender stereotypes."
  • Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a memo to staff earlier on Monday that Damore had violated the company's code of conduct: "To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK."
  • Read more: Axios' Dan Primack on the tech industry's dirty little secret.

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The big picture: Winning any antitrust case is a heavy lift. It's even more of a challenge to pull off victory in a future-looking case that seeks to make room for potential new competition to flourish.

The pandemic is getting worse again

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Data: The COVID Tracking Project, state health departments; Note: Due to a database error, Missouri had a 3 day gap in reporting from Oct. 11-13; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Every available piece of data proves it: The coronavirus pandemic is getting worse again, all across America.

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