Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re keeping an eye on today.
Google memo mess is not going away
Fallout from a controversial memo about diversity from a now-fired Google employee continued on Thursday when the company’s CEO Sundar Pichai canceled an all-hands meeting with 60,000 employees amid safety fears as employees began to have private information posted online. Some conservative activists have criticized Google for its handling of the memo in firing employee James Damore. Damore has told Bloomberg TV that he was smeared by Google and continued to defend his memo.
Uber CEO fallout gets uglier
Benchmark, a venture capital firm that is one of Uber’s largest shareholders, has declared war on former CEO Travis Kalanick, suing him for fraud, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty. The suit hinges on how much control Kalanick had over Uber’s board; Benchmark is seeking to have him removed from that board. Kalanick stepped down from the CEO job in June.
Snap’s fortunes fail, despite hot dog
Despite a very cute dancing hot dog that was part of its earnings call on Thursday, the news was not great for the social media/chat company as its losses grew and its growth has slowed due to competition from Facebook-owned Instagram, which has cloned many of Snap’s popular features.
Quote of the day:
“If Ryzen was a polite, if firm way of telling the world that AMD is back in the processor game, then Threadripper is a foul-mouthed, middle-finger-waving, kick-in-the-crotch "screw you" aimed squarely at the usurious heart of Intel.” - Ars Technica on AMD’s powerful new Threadripper processors.
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