Welcome to your Wednesday! Here are some of the tech stories we’re clicking this morning:
Uber can’t stop, won’t stop making headlines
In what some are calling Uber’s ongoing “Culture Crisis,” the company on Wednesday had a very big day, including the release of a report on major sexual harassment-related problems at the company and the official announcement that CEO Travis Kalanick will go on a three-month leave of absence. If that weren’t enough, Uber had another problem Wednesday when board member and TPG private equity firm partner David Bonderman stuck his foot in his mouth, interrupting fellow board member Arianna Huffington to make a comment about how more women on the board means a lot more talking. Oops. Bonderman not only apologized for his remarks, he resigned from Uber’s board. Just another day in the toxic news swirl that is Uber.
Charles Thacker, co-creator of Ethernet, has died
Charles Thacker, who worked on the Xerox Alto project as a designer and who had a long, storied career in the tech industry, died on Monday at the age of 74. Ars Technica has a rundown of some of Thacker’s accomplishments and Communications of the ACM has a more detailed biography and memorial of the man. Here’s what Austin-based Ethernet co-creator Bob Metcalfe had to say on Twitter:
Chuck Thacker RIPhttps://t.co/g4DAqDfbT6— Bob Metcalfe (@BobMetcalfe) June 13, 2017
Yahoo is no more
A major chapter of Internet history finally closed on Wednesday as Verizon finally closed its deal for Yahoo! Inc.’s Internet access. Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer is stepping down and what’s left of Yahoo will be renamed Altaba, Inc. Goodnight, Yahoo. We’ll miss that yodel.
And now... trailers
In case you haven’t been keeping up with the big E3 videogame expo, here are the two videogame trailer that are making everyone go bonkers: “Spider-Man” for PlayStation 4 and “Super Mario Odyssey” for Nintendo Switch:
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