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Dara Khosrowshahi speaks onstage at The New York Times 2017 DealBook Conference on November 9, 2017 in New York City. Photo: Michael Cohen/Getty Images for The New York Times

Two of Uber's recent deals — an investment from Softbank and settling its lawsuit with Waymo — were about keeping "peace in the kingdom," said new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi on Wednesday at Goldman Sach's tech conference in San Francisco.

Big picture: Khosrowshahi's job so far has been clear: eliminate as much drama from the company as possible. The Softbank investment in particular, was about providing liquidity to early shareholders and paving way for important governance changes that have been overdue.

Why he went forward with the Softbank deal:

  • "They were very knowledgeable about the space,” he said of Softbank, which had already invested in ride-hailing companies like Didi Chuxing in China. "I think that Softbank is very smart, deep-pocketed money,” adding he'd rather have the company as an ally than a competitor.
  • "They are looking at a lot of adjacencies around electrification, batteries," and so on.
  • "[Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son] is a visionary —if a visionary wants to make a bet on you, let’s make it happen.”

On last week's settlement with Waymo:

  • The case "was a very, very significant distraction for our teams that are working on autonomy... It put [the autonomous driving team's] really good work under question mark.”
  • "Neither company is particularly happy with the settlement, which means it's probably a good settlement.”
  • "I was happy for Alphabet, or Google, to become a bigger investor in us.” (Alphabet's VC arm, GV, first invested in Uber in 2013.)

Uber has bigger transportation ambitions than just ride-hailing: "Cars to us are what books were to Amazon," Khosrowshahi said of the Seattle giant.

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Live list: The "Facebook Papers" arrive

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Reports based on leaked whistleblower documents from Facebook, known as the Facebook Papers, appeared in a broad range of news outlets Monday, shedding light on what company knew about harms caused on its platform and how it handled that information.

Why it matters: The reports paint a detailed picture of Facebook's efforts over the years to grapple with major problems — from hate speech to inciting violence — while continuing to pursue its business objectives.

U.S. will now allow private citizens to sponsor Afghan refugees

A family boards a bus at the airport that will take them to a refugee processing center after being evacuated from Kabul. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Americans wanting to help vulnerable Afghan refugees now have a new way to get involved through a new U.S. private refugee sponsorship program announced Monday.

  • Groups of at least 5 adults can apply, complete background checks and start fundraising the $2,275 per refugee required.

Why it matters: It’s a big shift in the U.S refugee process, which has long relied on non-profits.

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What we’re watching during the final countdown to COP26

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

This is shaping up as a critical week for climate policy in the U.S. and worldwide.

Driving the news: Democrats are in the final stages of trying to craft the big social spending and climate package they're trying to move on a thread-the-needle party-line vote.