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A research firm says Washington, D.C., ranks highest based on the criteria Amazon has set out for its second headquarters, aka HQ2.
The details: HPS, which put out its report earlier Tuesday, ranked the 19 finalists on 11 categories across transportation, education, connectivity and business/lifestyle/culture.
The bottom line: Washington, D.C., finished highest, followed by Boston and Northern Virginia.
Here are its selling points, per HPS:
Meanwhile: Here are some other reasons D.C. is hopeful, per Axios' Zach Basu. Among those is the reminder that as owner of The Washington Post with a sizable home in the city, CEO Jeff Bezos has obvious ties to the region.
But, but but: This isn't up for a vote. The only opinion that matters is Amazon's.
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In the year since Susan Fowler's viral blog post about her experiences working at Uber, executives have lost jobs, dozens of women have spoken out about sexual harassment in the workplace, and the #MeToo movement's revival in October has spread throughout business, politics and Hollywood. (See our timeline here.)
Yes, but: As Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva reports, despite Uber's changes and the broader embrace of women speaking out, holding employers accountable and rectifying other forms of workplace discrimination remains a challenge.
Some progress: Nevertheless, there has been some visible change. Harassers have lost jobs, VC firms have instituted stronger policies, and Google promptly fired a male engineer for his 10-page memo criticizing the company's diversity efforts.
Billionaire George Soros. Photo: Olivier Hoslet / AFP / Getty Images
Billionaire investor George Soros launched a brutal attack on big online platform companies at this year’s World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. Now, his influential organization is "certainly examining new ways" to tackle the growing power of tech giants, according to an official at his influential philanthropy, the Open Society Foundations.
Why it matters: Soros may put his money where his mouth is. With a global reach and an annual budget of more than a billion dollars, Open Society Foundations has the ability to significantly shape the growing debate over the power of Big Tech.
Fitbit's has made several acquisitions over the past couple of years, including Twine, Pebble and Coin.
It may or may not be enough to help Fitbit chart a new future, but as engineer Christopher Svec accurately points out, it would probably be enough for TV's MacGyver.
Meanwhile: Speaking of Pebble, former CEO Eric Migicovzky has just joined Y Combinator, per TechCrunch.
Silicon Valley's obsession with quiz apps continues, Kia reports. Silicon Valley insiders have recently been answering questions about themselves via a new service called Molly.
Why they're doing it: Molly aims to build a database of information about people. For now, it's querying certain well-known people to get info it can't find via social media.
I love Olympic snowboarding, but perhaps not as much as this cat.