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Tesla’s HR Head is Out Amidst Complaints Over Discrimination and Unsafe Working Conditions

Tesla is bringing in a new leader for its human resources unit. Although the company hasn’t given a specific reason for the change, it comes amidst a flurry of complaints about workplace culture at Tesla’s California factory. Over the past few months, workers have reported an unusually high rate of injuries and incidents at the plant, and have also alleged racial and gender discrimination in lawsuits. Read More >>

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Oopsie! Uber Just Noticed It Forgot to Pay Drivers Millions of Dollars

Uber screwed up—big time—and now it has to pay. On Tuesday, the company copped to owing New York City drivers tens of millions of dollars due to miscalculated payments, according to a Wall Street Journal report. It’s the second time Uber has admitted to shortchanging drivers this year. Read More >>

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Apple Reveals It Received at Least One Secret FBI Request For User Data

In its biannual transparency transparency report, Apple revealed that it received a National Security Letter. But unlike other tech companies who have been ordered to turn over customer information to the FBI, Apple hasn’t yet published the demand letter it received. Apple’s transparency report also includes several new categories of government requests, an indication that the company is becoming more granular in the way it reports data about its interactions with law enforcement. Read More >>

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Uber Threatens to Dump Engineer Accused of Stealing Trade Secrets From Waymo

Lots of people get fired from Uber. One employee was reportedly fired last year for helping his female coworkers raise complaints about sexual harassment. Drivers get deactivated from the platform if their ratings slip below a certain number (Uber says the minimum rating varies by city, but driver forums say dipping below a 4.6 out of 5 is enough for deactivation). Even executives sometimes get axed — Uber senior vice president of engineering Amit Singhal was asked to resign after sexual harassment allegations against him at a former job became public. Read More >>

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Waymo Just Dropped Some of Its Patent Claims Against Uber

Waymo quietly dropped several of the patent claims in its explosive lawsuit against Uber earlier this week, admitting in a new court filing that although it stands behind its allegations of trade secret theft and may pursue new patent claims later, it isn’t moving forward with its current patent infringement claims against one of Uber’s lidar devices. Read More >>