Happy Wednesday, Austin! Here’s some of the tech news we’re reading about right now.
Uber fires 20, brings on new brand manager
Ride-hailing company Uber said on Tuesday it has fired 20 employees, including senior executives, as part of an investigation into the company’s corporate culture. The reasons for the firings included sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying and more. The company said most of the firings were at its San Francisco headquarters. Separately, the company has brought on Apple’s Bozoma Saint John as its chief brand officer, a woman who says she’s well aware of what’s she walking into in an interview with Recode. More on Uber’s bad year in the video below:
Patent office chief is out
Michelle Lee, the first woman to head of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has resigned, Politico confirmed. It’s unclear where she’ll go next or if she’s being brought onto another White House administration post. Several major tech companies had vouched for her and had asked that she be re-nominated to the post.
Apple and Walmart each have kiosk projects in the works
Wish you could get your phone screen fixed without dealing with a human? How about shopping and picking up items without going through Walmart’s cashiers? Apple is rolling out 400 machines in stores including Best Buy in 25 countries that can repair a cracked iPhone screen. Separately, NewsOK reports that Walmart is testing out a pickup kiosk for customers who shop for their groceries online. The test is happening at an Oklahoma City store.
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