Happy Tuesday, Austin! Here’s some of the tech stories we’re following today:
Uber’s troubles continue
Uber’s no-good, very-bad, terrible month continues: its senior vice president of engineering, Amit Singhal, is out after the tech site Recode revealed that Singhal left a job at Google amid what the company considered a credible sexual harassment claim that he didn’t disclose to Uber when he was hired. Given Uber’s recent controversy around the issue of sexism and sexual harassment, this became an untenable situation, according to Recode.
Buying games from Twitch
Twitch, which has an office in Austin, announced it will begin selling video games directly from a variety of publishers. It plans to give Twitch streamers who refer viewers to buy a game a 5-percent cut of the sale and to give 70 percent to the game publishers.
Big viewership growth at YouTube
YouTube viewers watch a total of a billion hours of video every day, the company said in a blog post. That’s a 10-time increase from 2002 and close to eclipsing total TV viewership, says The Wall Street Journal.
Pocket acquired by Mozilla
The company behind Firefox has bought the read-late service, which has about 10 million users, for an undisclosed sum. Mozilla says Pocket will remain an independent entity.
And last, should robots have rights? This great video examines the issue:
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