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The really new GM: Ready to quit Europe

Added: 20.02.2017 5:01 | 0 views | 0 comments

GM's proposed departure from Europe would be a radical pivot for a company that historically tried to dominate every global market it could, as well as a sign of how dramatically the industry is being upended by shifting attitudes about...

Uber orders investigation into employee's charge of sexual harassment

Added: 20.02.2017 3:38 | 0 views | 0 comments


Uber Technologies said Sunday it had ordered an urgent investigation after a former engineer triggered an uproar on social media, alleging sexual harassment, politics and discrimination at the ride-hailing company.
In a blog post, Susan J. Fowler, who joined Uber in November 2015 and quit in December last year to join Stripe, alleged that her former manager in the company had said in messages over company chat that
“It was clear that he was trying to get me to have sex with him, and it was so clearly out of line that I immediately took screenshots of these chat messages and reported him to HR,” Fowler wrote in a blog post that created a storm online.

Open-Box Apple iPad mini 2 8" 32GB for $190 + free shipping

Added: 20.02.2017 2:30 | 0 views | 0 comments

Quick Shop Electronics via eBay offers the open-box Apple iPad mini 2 8" 32GB WiFi Tablet with Retina Display in Silver, model no. ME280LL/A, for $189.99 with free shipping. That's $10 below our November mention of a sealed unit and the best price we've seen for one in any condition. (It's also $24 under the lowest total price we could find for a sealed unit today.)
A 1-year Quick Ship Electronics warranty applies.

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Added: 20.02.2017 1:51 | 0 views | 0 comments


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Explosive blog post details ‘abhorrent’ sexism at Uber

Added: 20.02.2017 0:46 | 0 views | 0 comments


In a , former Uber engineer Susan Fowler Riggetti details her experiences working for the company. Sadly, given she's a female engineer working at a thrusting, big-name Silicon Valley startup, the experiences are exactly what you'd expect.

, Riggetti details numerous instances of overt sexist behaviour. She reportedly sent evidence, including email and chat logs to HR, but ran into a brick wall multiple times. In the end, she says that her attempts to quietly report sexist behaviour were turned against her:
I forwarded this absurd chain of emails to HR, and they requested to meet with me shortly after. I don't know what I expected after all of my earlier encounters with them, but this one was more ridiculous than I could have ever imagined. The HR rep began the meeting by asking me if I had noticed that *I* was the common theme in all of the reports I had been making, and that if I had ever considered that I might be the problem. I pointed out that everything I had reported came with extensive documentation and I clearly wasn't the instigator (or even a main character) in the majority of them - she countered by saying that there was absolutely no record in HR of any of the incidents I was claiming I had reported (which, of course, was a lie, and I reminded her I had email and chat records to prove it was a lie). She then asked me if women engineers at Uber were friends and talked a lot, and then asked me how often we communicated, what we talked about, what email addresses we used to communicate, which chat rooms we frequented, etc. -  an absurd and insulting request that I refused to comply with. When I pointed out how few women were in SRE, she recounted with a story about how sometimes certain people of certain genders and ethnic backgrounds were better suited for some jobs than others, so I shouldn't be surprised by the gender ratios in engineering. Our meeting ended with her berating me about keeping email records of things, and told me it was unprofessional to report things via email to HR.
Beyond the reports to HR, Riggetti also details a company overrun with internal politics and management problems:
In the background, there was a game-of-thrones political war raging within the ranks of upper management in the infrastructure engineering organization. It seemed like every manager was fighting their peers and attempting to undermine their direct supervisor so that they could have their direct supervisor's job. No attempts were made by these managers to hide what they were doing: they boasted about it in meetings, told their direct reports about it, and the like.
Shortly after the blog post was published, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick promising a (secret, internal) investigation into the matter, and reaffirmed Uber's committment to a equitable workplace where everyone isn't trying to stab each other in the back:
"I have just read Susan Fowler's blog. What she describes is abhorrent and against everything Uber stands for and believes in. It's the first time this has come to my attention so I have instructed Liane Hornsey our new Chief Human Resources Officer to conduct an urgent investigation into these allegations. We seek to make Uber a just workplace and there can be absolutely no place for this kind of behavior at Uber -- and anyone who behaves this way or thinks this is OK will be fired."
This isn't the first time that Uber has run into human resources problems within its internal teams and management. In 2014, an Uber exec famously suggested on journalists to discredit them. That statement to a journalist who had accused Uber of sexism once again.
More recently, #DeleteUber after Uber removed surge pricing at JFK airport during a taxi strike -- a strike that was in protest of President Trump's Muslim travel ban. The same hashtag is trending again tonight following Riggetti's blog post.

Exit polls see Ecuador leftist ahead, runoff unclear

Added: 19.02.2017 23:52 | 0 views | 0 comments

QUITO (Reuters) - Ecuadorean exit polls put ruling party leftist Lenin Moreno clearly ahead in Sunday's presidential election, although it was unclear whether he had enough votes to avoid an April runoff against conservative ex-banker Guillermo Lasso.

From: feeds.reuters.com

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Lisa Rinna Strips Down to Her Birthday Suit for Naked Selfie

Added: 19.02.2017 22:57 | 0 views | 0 comments

Happy Sunday to you too, Lisa Rinna! The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star made quite the risqué statement on Instagram this morning as she shared a completely naked selfie to...

History of Final Fantasy: Return to Ivalice (Final Fantasy XII)

Added: 19.02.2017 21:54 | 1 views | 0 comments

Final Fantasy has always been a series that changes with each new entry. Naturally, there are always certain elements that carry over from one game to another, but from the very beginning of the franchise at the hands of Hironobu Sakaguchi it has never just played things safe. From gameplay additions, to different visual styles and stories, the series has constantly tried new things. More often than not, it has also done so successfully. In terms of doing things differently, none had perhaps been quite as massive a departure from all the previous games in the series as Final Fantasy XII. Almost every aspect of the game, from its gameplay, visual style and music, to the characters and story was different from anything the main Final Fantasy series had ever done before. In short, it continued the tradition of constant change the series had become known for.

Barcelona MSN goal highlights: Suarez times run to perfection, sets up Messi

Added: 19.02.2017 20:24 | 1 views | 0 comments

Barcelona's attack got it going quickly on Sunday vs. Leganes

From: www.cbssports.com

Alfonso Perez calls for Pique to quit international football over political beliefs

Added: 19.02.2017 19:55 | 0 views | 0 comments

Gerard Pique should make himself unavailable for international duty because of his political beliefs regarding independence for Catalonia, according to former Real Madrid and Barcelona player Alfonso Perez. Pique has already confirmed he will retire from Spain duty after the 2018 World Cup, but Perez believes Pique's political views make his position with the national [...]

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