Ina Fried Mar 3
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Uber's Bozoma Saint John: Tie exec pay to boosting diversity

Bozoma St. John on-stage at the Lesbians Who Tech Summit. Photo: Axios' Ina Fried

Former Apple and current Uber executive Bozoma St. John says it is time for tech executives to be held financially responsible for boosting the diversity of their ranks.

Why it matters: Among the many issues for which Silicon Valley has been under attack is the lack of women and people of color.

"There's no excuse," she said, speaking at the Lesbians Who Tech Summit in San Francisco on Friday. "There’s no excuse. We’re way past that."

Despite considerable talk about the issue, overall numbers have inched only slightly higher at most of the large tech companies.

St.John noted that executives' compensation are tied to all kinds of metrics that a company deems strategic. "Let’s add dviversity to that," she said.

Caitlin Owens 40 mins ago
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Congress doesn't love the spending bill, but it'll pass anyway

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Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. (Photo: Matt McClain / The Washington Post via Getty Images)

House Speaker Paul Ryan touted the defense spending increase, Sen. Rand Paul angrily tweeted about arcane government spending, and Democrats shook their head at the lack of gun control measures. But most members of Congress are accepting the omnibus spending bill for what it is: A giant collection of what has to get done to keep the government functioning, while mustering enough votes to pass.

Why it matters: This is a $1.3 trillion dollar bill affecting every branch of government that will pass mostly because it has to. Members voted/will vote on it without really reading it, as it was released Wednesday night and must pass the Senate by midnight.

Ina Fried 5 hours ago
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Craigslist pulls personal ads after passage of sex-trafficking bill

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Craigslist site, with personals still listed as an option. Screenshot: Axios

Online classified site Craigslist has pulled its entire personal ad section after Congress passed a new sex-trafficking bill that puts more liability on Web sites.

Why it matters: Smaller tech companies and advocates for sex workers had feared a chilling effect if the bill becomes law.