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Uber's headquarters in San Francisco, Calif. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Uber released its second annual workforce diversity report, and there's barely any change from last year — meaning, it's still mostly white and male, with some improvement within its technical ranks.

Why it matters: Uber has been heavily criticized for its difficult environment for women and other underrepresented minorities. But, at least when it comes to the raw numbers, it's largely on par with the rest of the industry.

Bright spot: However, Uber's ratio of women did go up across several categories, including overall workforce and tech leadership.

  • And it hired more employees from underrepresented ethnic minorities in the U.S. within its tech roles and within its U.S. leadership (although technical leadership saw no change, remaining at zero).
  • The company also expanded its efforts to tracking what portion of employees identify as LGBTQ. But since it was optional, only a third of the global workforce responded and within that, 15% identified as LGBTQ — so it's an imperfect statistic.

Bottom line: Like all tech companies, Uber is trying to have a more diverse workforce by improving its hiring practices and continuing to encourage internal employee groups. And like all tech companies, it's finding that change is hard and slow.

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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced Sunday evening that he's tested positive for COVID-19.

Driving the news: López Obrador tweeted that he has mild symptoms and is receiving medical treatment. "As always, I am optimistic," he added. "We will all move forward."

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The big picture: Sanders was touted as a contender after it was announced she was leaving the Trump administration in June 2019. Then-President Trump tweeted he hoped she would run for governor, adding "she would be fantastic." Sanders is "seen as leader in the polls" in the Republican state, notes the Washington Post's Josh Dawsey, who first reported the news.

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History will likely remember the pandemic as the "first time since records began that inequality rose in virtually every country on earth at the same time." That's the verdict from Oxfam's inequality report covering the year 2020 — a terrible year that hit the poorest, hardest across the planet.

Why it matters: The world's poorest were already in a race against time, facing down an existential risk in the form of global climate change. The coronavirus pandemic could set global poverty reduction back as much as a full decade, according to the World Bank.