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13 Jun 2017
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Uber Releases Scathing Independent Report Documenting Company’s Mistakes

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Uber released the results of a three-month independent investigation on Tuesday, pulling back the curtain on a work culture former employees have described as toxic and indifferent to sexual harassment.

In a 13-page document, report authors from the law firm Covington & Burling LLP issue recommendations they categorize into 10 distinct groups, including “changes to senior leadership” and “improvements to human resources and the complaint process.”

In its section on senior leadership, the report calls for “reallocating” the responsibilities of CEO Travis Kalanick, as well as using regular performance reviews and set metrics to increase the accountability of other senior leaders.

Kalanick announced separately on Tuesday that he would take a leave of absence from the company to grieve for his mother, who died in a boating accident late last month. 

At the report’s recommendation, an independent board member has also joined Uber’s board to aid with company oversight.

One section calls for a “reformulation” of Uber’s cultural values to emphasize inclusivity and positive behaviors like “mutual respect.” These values would ideally replace its current ones ― including “Let Builders Build” and “Always Be Hustlin’” ― which the report concludes have “been used to justify poor behavior.”

In addition to such recommendations as having more trainings, improving the human resources and complaint processes, introducing a better system for record-keeping and boosting diversity, the report made clear, actionable suggestions for employee practices.

In particular:

  • Prohibiting intimate or otherwise romantic relationships between employees in a chain of command.

  • Updating its employment policies to clarify and strengthen it stance against discrimination and harassment.

  • Clarifying and limiting the consumption of alcohol and other controlled substances during work hours and at work events.

  • Letting employees more easily transfer internally from one job to another.

  • Restoring employee trust in performance reviews by increasing transparency and setting specific targets.

  • Clarifying the process by which promotions are awarded.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder and colleague Tammy Albarrán, who led the investigation, presented the full report to the board Sunday. Its members voted unanimously to adopt all of the report’s recommendations.

Uber commissioned the report in February, after a former engineer named Susan Fowler recounted her nightmarish experiences at the company ― including being propositioned for sex by a male manager ― in a scathing 3,000-word blog post.

Fowler said the human resources department at Uber punished her for alerting the company to the overt, repeated instances of sexual harassment, telling her to either find a new work team or accept negative performance reviews in the future.

Kalanick responded to Fowler’s blog by calling for an “urgent investigation.” 

“We seek to make Uber a just workplace FOR EVERYONE,” he wrote in a statement sent to HuffPost at the time, “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.”

Chief Human Resources Officer Liane Hornsey pledged on Tuesday to implement the report’s findings, but acknowledged that “change does not happen overnight.”

“Implementing these recommendations will improve our culture, promote fairness and accountability, and establish processes and systems to ensure the mistakes of the past will not be repeated,” Hornsey said in a statement. “While change does not happen overnight, we’re committed to rebuilding trust with our employees, riders and drivers.”

The report was originally expected at the end of April, but the deadline was extended through May as Holder said he required more time to interview everyone involved.

A subcommittee of Uber board members, including former HuffPost editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington, have received weekly updates throughout the process. 

“Change doesn’t usually happen without a catalyst,” Huffington wrote in February, explaining the need for an inquiry. “I hope that by taking the time to understand what’s gone wrong and fixing it we can not only make Uber better but also contribute to improvements for women across the industry.”

Fowler’s blog post was among the first revelations in what ultimately would become a long string of damaging news stories for Uber.

Since February, the company has found itself entangled in a potentially disastrous lawsuit brought by rival Waymo concerning allegedly stolen technology; a criminal probe over software it built to evade authorities; the departure of numerous high-profile executives (including both its communications head and president); and controversy after a video of Kalanick cursing out an Uber driver went viral.

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12 Jun 2017
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Camera Catches Toddler Helping Baby Brother Make Epic Crib Escape

Bryan and Missy Lanning have their hands full with two sons under 4. And as this viral Nest Cam video shows, the kiddos are giving them a run for their money.

The Lannings, who run the popular vlog Daily Bumps, shared a video on their YouTube channel and Facebook page showing their toddler, Oliver, helping his little brother, Finely, escape his crib. The baby jailbreak is pretty epic, as 3-year-old Ollie gives 1-year-old Finn a chair and demonstrates how to use it to get out of the crib.

Though the classic toddler mischief is hilarious, the video is also pretty heartwarming as it highlights the bond between the two brothers.

“You can do it!” Ollie says to Finn before catching him.

This video, which has reached over 61 million views on Facebook, brings to mind another amazing Nest monitoring system video. In March, 2-year-old twins in New York went viral for their amazing post-bedtime shenanigans, which were also caught on camera.

It’s nice to see siblings who are close and look out for each other, but parents, beware the double trouble!

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10 Jun 2017
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Tim Cook ‘Reveals’ Who Is Really Behind Donald Trump’s Late Night Tweets

Tim Cook used part of his address to graduating students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Friday to poke fun at President Donald Trump.

The Apple CEO began by saying he’d never figured out how students at the university in Cambridge pulled off their spectacular course-end pranks ― such as the placing of a propeller atop the campus’ Great Dome.

“Or how you’ve obviously taken over the president’s Twitter account,” Cook added. “I can tell college students are behind it because most of the tweets happen at 3 a.m.”

Cook went on to deliver some serious advice to the class of 2017, and the effect that the online world may have on their lives.

“The internet has enabled so much and empowered so many. But it can also be a place where the basic rules of decency are suspended and pettiness and negativity thrive,” Cook said.

He encouraged students not to let “the noise knock you off course” or to “get caught up on the trivial aspects of life.”

“Don’t listen to the trolls, and for God’s sake don’t become one,” Cook added. “Measure your impact on humanity not in likes, but in the lives you touch. Not in popularity, but in the people you serve.”

Watch Cook’s full speech in the clip below:

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09 Jun 2017
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These ’90s Apple Sneakers Can Be Yours For $15,000

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Sneakerheads, prepare your wallets. 

Apple sneakers made exclusively for employees in the ‘90s are currently for sale online at the auction house Heritage Auctions. Two important things you should know if you’re looking to purchase the sneakers: the shoes are a men’s size 9 1/2 and the starting bid is currently $15,000. 

Elon Werner, director of communications with Heritage Auctions, told HuffPost that the shoes came from a garage sale in San Francisco. Werner believes the shoes were a promotional item produced by Apple, though not many pairs were made. He’s only seen one other pair of the Apple shoes before in a size 8 1/2. 

According to Heritage Auctions, the shoes are estimated to go for over $30,000 at the final sale. For that kind of money, these kicks had better come with Steve Jobs’ signature. 

Online bidding on the sneakers has already started and a live auction will be held on Heritage Live this Sunday, June 11. 

In 2012, images of a similar Apple sneaker popped up on Imgur: 

Business Insider reports that a pair of Apple sneakers sold on eBay for $79 in 2007. 

If you’re just in the mood to buy some expensive sneakers that have a little wear and tear, and you don’t care too much about Apple, Neiman Marcus has you covered. The retailer is currently selling “Future Destroyed High-Top Sneakers” from luxury designer Maison Margiela for a whopping $1,425.

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09 Jun 2017
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Woman Plunges 6 Feet Down Open New Jersey Cellar

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Surveillance video shows the shocking moment a New Jersey woman plunges head-first down open basement stairs in downtown Plainfield.

The unidentified 67-year-old woman sustained serious injuries as she flipped over an open metal access door on the sidewalk leading to the basement of an ACME Windows shop Thursday, authorities said. She fell about 6 feet down the stairs, New York’s NBC Channel 4 reported.

Paramedics and a fire crew lifted her from the basement and took her in an ambulance to a local hospital, where doctors listed her as being in a serious condition Thursday night.

Plainfield police and witnesses said it appeared that she was distracted by her phone, but her son told CBS2 that she’s visually impaired and diabetic. He said the video was painful to watch and that he’s grateful his mother wasn’t killed in the incident.

“She regularly takes on schedule her meals and checks her sugar,” he told the broadcaster. “As far as I was told, when she was walking down the street, she felt a little nauseous in a sense, and looked at her phone to see what time it was,” he told the news outlet.

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