Dec 1, 2017

Scoop: Stripe hires new engineering chief from Google

David Singleton, Android director of engineering, speaks about Android Wear at a conference in San Francisco in 2014. Photo: Jeff Chiu / AP

Stripe has hired David Singleton to be its new head of engineering, reporting directly to CEO Patrick Collison. Singleton joins from Google, where he was VP of Engineering and most recently led the Android Wear and Google Fit teams and led the growth of the company's engineering team in its London office. He's relocating to San Francisco.

Why it matters: The fast-growing online payments software company is trying to scale quickly, so an engineering head who's run a large team and has overseen product development at a place like Google is a coup for the startup. (Stripe also supports Google Android Pay).

High demand: Engineering talent is in extremely high demand in Silicon Valley. So high, in fact, that Stripe last year offered to hire job candidates in teams in order to fill dozens of open engineering roles.

Headcount milestone: Stripe is only a few hires away from crossing the 1,000 employee mark.

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Trump to install loyalist Ric Grenell as acting intelligence chief

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President Trump confirmed in a tweet Wednesday night that he will install Richard Grenell, the current U.S. ambassador to Germany and a staunch defender of Trump, as the acting director of national intelligence.

Why it matters: The role, which was originally vacated by Dan Coats in August 2019, is one of grave responsibility. As acting DNI, Grenell will be charged with overseeing and integrating the U.S. intelligence community and will advise the president and the National Security Council on intelligence matters that concern national security.

What to watch in the Nevada debate

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Michael Bloomberg's wealth will fuel rather than shield him from tests and attacks when he makes his Democratic primary debate debut on the stage tonight in Las Vegas.

The state of play: Bernie Sanders is still the front-runner. So the other candidates must weigh which of the two presents a bigger threat to their viability: Sanders, with his combined delegate, polling and grassroots momentum? Or Bloomberg, with his bottomless budget?

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