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February 20, 2017, 11:25 AM

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Susan J. Fowler:
Former Uber engineer says Uber HR repeatedly dismissed claims of sexual harassment by “high performing” manager  —  As most of you know, I left Uber in December and joined Stripe in January.  I've gotten a lot of questions over the past couple of months about why I left and what my time at Uber was like.
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Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:
Uber CEO says he was unaware of former employee allegations; board member Arianna Huffington to work with Uber's new HR chief on “independent” investigation  —  Another tale of sexism and unacceptable workplace behavior in Silicon Valley company has emerged.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snap starts selling Spectacles online in the US for $130 at Spectacles.com  —  Snap wants to prove to investors in its upcoming IPO that Spectacles can earn money for its business, not just be a brand stunt.  So today, Snap begins selling its video-recording sunglasses Spectacles openly online for $129.99 in the US at Spectacles.com.
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Snap explains how it's unique in these five clips from its 35-minute IPO roadshow video  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Snap, the parent company of the ephemeral-message application Snapchat, on Friday revealed its own story: the video presentation it will use to pitch investors as it prepares to go public in a few weeks.
Shoshanna Solomon / The Times of Israel:
Report: Apple buys Israeli facial recognition startup RealFace  —  US giant acquires Tel Aviv-based Israeli cybertechnology startup for a couple of million dollars, Calcalist says  —  Apple Inc. has acquired Israel's Realface, a cybertechnology startup whose facial recognition technology can be used to authenticate users.
Brad Sams / Thurrott.com:
Sources: Microsoft shuffles HoloLens' roadmap, cancelling the planned second version of the device to focus on more ambitious hardware slated to launch in 2019  —  It was a little over two years ago that Microsoft first showed the world HoloLens and the company immediately grabbed headlines around …
Kelly Fiveash / Ars Technica UK:
Google and Microsoft's Bing agree to demote piracy search results in the UK by 1 June 2017, as part of a deal with the entertainment industry  —  Google and Microsoft's Bing have agreed to crack down on piracy sites in the UK after years of wrangling with film and music rights holders.
Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic:
Mark Zuckerberg's lip service to journalism is not enough to sustain media amid Facebook's ad revenue siphoning and hands-off view of editorial responsibility  —  It's not that Mark Zuckerberg set out to dismantle the news business when he founded Facebook 13 years ago.
Rob LeFebvre / Engadget:
Microsoft Office for Mac gets Touch Bar support  —  Owners of the Macbook Pro with Touch Bar will be pleased to hear that Microsoft Office now works with the LCD strip Apple introduced with its latest laptop.  Support for Touch Bar was announced alongside the new MacBook Pro at an Apple event last October …
Kevin J. Delaney / Quartz:
Bill Gates supports taxing the use of robots to slow the spread of automation and to finance other employment  —  Robots are taking human jobs.  But Bill Gates believes that governments should tax companies' use of them, as a way to at least temporarily slow the spread of automation and to fund other types of employment.

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