May 29, 2017

Uber's board to receive Eric Holder report on Wednesday

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Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to present his report on Uber's workplace issues ― including specific allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination ― to the company's board of directors this Wednesday, Axios has learned from multiple sources.

An all-hands meeting is then scheduled for June 6 to discuss the findings with employees, although the full report is unlikely to be disseminated either internally or externally (in large part to protect the confidentiality of those who spoke with Holder and his fellow investigators).

Why it matters: Uber's myriad of external pressures, including its legal fight against Alphabet, may pale in comparison to internal culture troubles that could make it much harder for the company to recruit and retain top talent.

Why it also matters: Whatever Holder finds about how Uber treats its female employees is likely to be used as a stand-in for Silicon Valley's broader tech community.

Caveat: It is unclear if this schedule will change due to the tragic death of Bonnie Kalanick, mother of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, in a weekend boating accident that also injured Travis' father Donald.

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Pope Francis delivers Palm Sunday sermon to empty St. Peter’s Basilica

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Pope Francis called on listeners in his Palm Sunday sermon — on the first day of Holy Week — to "reach out to those who are suffering and those most in need" during the coronavirus pandemic, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Francis delivered his message inside an empty St. Peter’s Basilica, broadcasting it over the internet to churches around the world.

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Virus vices take a toll on Americans

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Americans are doubling down on their worst habits to cope with the mental and emotional stress of the coronavirus pandemic.

Why it matters: The pandemic will have a long-lasting impact on health of the American people, in part due to the habits they will pick up during the weeks and months they are forced to stay home.

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