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Travis Kalanick, who took a leave of absence last week, resigned as Uber CEO on Tuesday evening. The move, first reported by the New York Times, came after a group of significant investors in the ride-hailing company had been seeking his ouster, as Axios reported earlier on Tuesday night.

What happened: Over the last few months, Uber had been embroiled in a series of controversies, including allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination that triggered a pair of investigations by law firms, and a trade secret theft lawsuit by Alphabet's self-driving car unit. Last week, Uber's board pressured Kalanick's second in the command to resign and fired more than 20 employees following investigations into its workplace issues.

What's next: Kalanick will remain on the board of directors, according to the NY Times, though the company will now have to find his replacement. It also still has to hired a slew of other executives, including a COO and CFO.

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A year ago, Facebook brought in Roy Austin, Jr. to lead a new team focused on civil rights. Since then, he has assembled a squad of experts advising parent company Meta on everything from voting rights to hate speech to ensuring new products don't have discriminatory impact.

The big picture: Austin's team of nine must tackle those tough issues inside a company of nearly 70,000 employees serving more than 3 billion users around the world.

Momentum builds for salary transparency

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

New York City will soon require employers to supply a salary range when they're advertising a position — the biggest step yet in the growing but controversial movement for pay transparency.

Why it matters: Laws like New York's aim to give workers, particularly women and people of color, more power in job negotiations. But the rise in remote work is throwing a wrench into the effort.

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States across the country are scaling back their contact tracing efforts, often focusing on vulnerable communities and relying more on Americans to alert close contacts themselves after testing positive for COVID.

Why it matters: As vaccines have become available, the virus has become more infectious and life has slowly headed more toward normal, health officials have come to view contact tracing as a relatively inefficient use of resources.