Pentagon official says Trump ordered the freeze on aid to Ukraine. Former top White House Ukraine aide Laura Cooper told a House panel that Trump placed an “unusual” hold on $400 million of support for Ukraine, NBC News reports.
Google gets its hands on health data. The tech giant signed a cloud computing partnership with Ascension—the largest US non-profit health system. The deal potentially gives Google access to millions of patient health records, Reuters reports.
Adidas changes plans
Disney+ goes live
What's going on at WeWork and Uber?
Uber’s CEO backtracks on Khashoggi remarks. Dara Khosrowshahi expressed regret over referring to the killing of the Saudi dissident journalist as a “mistake” during a recent interview, NBC News reports. Saudi Arabia is one of Uber’s largest shareholders.
I may be Dara's biggest public critic, but I really don't think he meant to dismiss the Kashoggi murder. Dara's a lot things I don't love: slow, bureaucratic, process obsessed, lacking in vision and boldness but in the two+ years he's been running Uber, I've never seen him be cruel, mean or insensitive
I may be Dara's biggest public critic, but I really don't think he meant to dismiss the Kashoggi murder. Dara's a lot things I don't love: slow, bureaucratic, process obsessed, lacking in vision and boldness but in the two+ years he's been running Uber, I've never seen him be cruel, mean or insensitive. There are things Uber doesn't deserve a do over for, but his apology and clarification here seem very genuine to me.
Dara Khosrowshahi on his worst day is still better than Travis Kalanick on his worst. A murder is more than a mistake, but Travis committed a million faux pas under his reign and never felt he needed to apologise for any of them.
The un-CEO. WeWork wants T-Mobile's John Legere to be its new CEO, the Wall Street Journal reports.
What a boys club! So SoftBank has been a big investor in Sprint for nearly a decade and they brought in Marcelo Claure to run Sprint about 5 years back. Claure and SoftBank's Masayoshi Son get along really well so Son had Claure come on as WeWork's COO. Now it appears that the Sprint-T-Mobile merger
What a boys club! So SoftBank has been a big investor in Sprint for nearly a decade and they brought in Marcelo Claure to run Sprint about 5 years back. Claure and SoftBank's Masayoshi Son get along really well so Son had Claure come on as WeWork's COO. Now it appears that the Sprint-T-Mobile merger has brough LEgere into SoftBank world and now they're looking and shuffling him over there. So incestuous.... Must be the hair!
Worth remembering that who's CEO explains at best a very small fraction of company performance, at least for mature firms. WeWork is younger, and there are exceptions to every rule, but in most companies CEOs aren't as influential as CEOs themselves like to think.
It make T-mobile away from innovation.
Would it make John un-carrier(ed)?
Taming big tech
The grocery aisle
Walgreens may go private in a record deal. Private equity firm KKR has approached the convenience store chain with a leveraged buyout offer that could be the largest in history, Bloomberg reports.
Figuring out Fintech
The real hero of the sexist AppleCard saga has issued a statement. Jamie Heinemeier Hansson's husband made waves when he tweeted that her Apple Card credit limit was lower than his, now she has issued a statement of her own.
A common cost-saving practice actually trashes the planet. The “fuel-tankering” strategy that airlines implement saves as little as $52 but results in tons of added carbon emissions.
SpaceX hits a milestone
Video platforms go into lockdown
Instagram pays celebs to play, but only if they play by the rules. That means no politics and no social commentary, or Facebook won’t pick up the tab.
YouTube reclaims its space. An upcoming terms of service update reminds users and creators that the Google subsidiary is “under no obligation to host or serve content” (so stop complaining about all the takedowns).
China shops while Hong Kong streams
Retail therapy works its magic on Singles' Day in China. With the help of Taylor Swift, Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, was able to shake off trade tensions and protests to the tune of $38 billion in sales.
Workers of today, soldiers of the future
Remote work makes sense for many veterans. Making the switch from military service to a corporate setting can be a challenge for some new entrants to the workforce. The flexibility of working from home can help smooth out that transition.
Quartz at work
There’s nothing wrong with being a “people-pleaser.” Psychotherapist Esther Perel says wanting to help others is a strength—not a liability.
Women still sacrifice personal happiness for professional brilliance. A recent study found that a woman who earns less than her partner when they get married is more likely to get divorced if her career suddenly takes off.
Climate disaster, in 📸
A UNESCO site in Ivory Coast was submerged. For three months until November, the Quartier France of Grand-Bassam became impassable except by canoe. One photographer captured the damage to the major tourist site. 👉
Jamacia's coral reef comeback. After decades of devastation, Jamaica's “rainforests of the sea” are gaining momentum thanks to a network of aquatic rehabilitation efforts.
Thank you for reading to the bottom (of the ocean)
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