Kia Kokalitcheva Feb 27, 2017
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Uber cans engineering exec over sexual harassment allegations from prior job

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has asked for, and received, the resignation of Amit Singhal, senior vice president of engineering since last month. The move came after Uber learned that Singhal had not told the company that his departure from Google in early 2016 was related to a sexual harassment allegation, according to Recode.

Uber reportedly failed to uncover the situation during its vetting process when hiring Singhal, who disputed the allegations prior to resigning from Google (and again to Recode on Monday). However, Google's investigation at the time found the employee's allegations to be "credible."

Piling on: Uber's reputation was severely damaged last week when a former engineer alleged sexual harassment and discrimination she experienced while working at the company. Although the circumstances of Singhal's departure from Google are entirely unrelated, Uber's failure to find out about the incident as part of its background check only adds to the narrative. On the other hand, Kalanick's response is in line with his recent stance that Uber will not tolerate harassment—a statement many have been skeptical about. The company also maintains that Singhal did not disclose this as part of his hiring process, and it did not come up through Uber's usual vetting practices for new hires.

The story has been updated with additional details about Singhal's hiring.

Mike Allen 27 mins ago
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Why Trump added a streetfighter to his legal team

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A new addition to President Trump's legal team — Joe diGenova, a former U.S. attorney who is well-known in Washington and has argued for the president on Fox News — reflects three White House realities.

The state of play: (1) The White House is digging in for a fight that looks to be longer and messier than officials had expected. (2) This is another example of the president responding to televised cues. Trump has spent most of his adult life in litigation, and obsesses about legal positioning in the same way that he is consumed by his press coverage. (3) It's another pugilistic voice at the table, and suggests that this weekend's attacks on Mueller won't be the last.

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Facebook reaches a tipping point

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Of all the news crises Facebook has faced during the past year, the Cambridge Analytica scandal is playing out to be the worst and most damaging.

Why it matters: It's not that the reports reveal anything particularly new about how Facebook's back end works — developers have understood the vulnerabilities of Facebook's interface for years. But stakeholders crucial to the company's success — as well as the public seem less willing to listen to its side of the story this time around.