Uber’s CEO is taking a leave of absence following release of investigation findings

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is taking a leave of absence from the company he built into one of the world’s biggest private businesses.

It’s not clear how long Kalanick will be away from Uber or who will be serving as interim head of the company, but the move signals the biggest shift yet for the ride-hailing giant since the emergence of allegations of systemic workplace disfunction that included sexual harassment and discrimination.

Kalanick’s leave coincides with the release of a report based on an external investigation into Uber’s workplace culture that found serious issues throughout the organization. Uber has been beset by allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination for months, started by a blog post from a former Uber engineer. Read more…

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Apple is investing $1 billion in clean energy with this unique approach

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Apple just announced a big clean energy investment on the heels of President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement.

The iPhone maker, which supported the landmark climate pact, issued a $1 billion “green bond” on Tuesday. The bond will allow the company to finance projects such wind and solar power plants, energy-efficient buildings, and new approaches to using recycled materials.

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The California tech giant has been at the forefront of this young but increasingly popular investment trend since it issued a $1.5 billion green bond last year. Read more…

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Russian hackers hit voting systems in 39 U.S. states

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The known scope of the Russian government’s attack on the United State’s election integrity continues to grow. 

Kremlin-backed hackers hit voting systems in 39 states, according to Bloomberg

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Those attacks included attempts to break into poll worker software on Nov. 8, the day of the 2016 presidential election, as well as attempts to erase voter information. Russian government hackers even got their hands on a trove of campaign finance information in one state, according to the report. 

Despite all this, the report and intelligence officials have insisted there is no evidence hackers altered vote totals. The reasons for that are debatable, but it’s very possible that — despite the effort and level of intrusion — the U.S.’s vast array of voting systems was too multi-faceted to directly undermine.  Read more…

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Black college grads support the next generation of black scholars with #ITAVChallenge

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The path to college success just got a little easier for brilliant black students, thanks to a new challenge gaining traction on social media. 

Black college graduates of all ages are banding together under the #ITAVChallenge — a hashtag short for “It Takes a Village Challenge” — to help uplift the next generation of black scholars. 

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Through the challenge, black college graduates connect with a black high school student who is graduating from their alma mater and going to same college they attended. Then, the participant gives that college freshman $100 worth of essential school supplies to start off their college career on the right foot.  Read more…

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‘Game of Thrones’ dreamboat to star in Netflix’s ‘Haunting of Hill House’ series

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Daenerys Targaryen might have ditched him last season, but her loss is Netflix’s gain; Game of Thrones star Michiel Huisman has been cast in the streaming network’s adaptation of The Haunting of Hill House, Mashable has confirmed.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, who broke the news of Huisman’s casting, the Dutch actor will play Steven Crane, the oldest Crane sibling and a published writer of supernatural books — which include a memoir about his family’s time living at Hill House. 

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The 10-episode series, based on the 1959 novel by Shirley Jackson, centers around four people living in an 80-year-old mansion that is rumored to have a history of supernatural phenomena. Huisman’s character doesn’t appear in the novel or its two film adaptations, but his name seems to adhere to the plot of the book, in which Hill House was built by a man named Hugh Crain. (We’ll see which way the Crain family surname is actually spelled as the show gets closer to release.) Read more…

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Let John Mulaney and Nick Kroll crack you up talking ‘Hamilton’ and Netflix

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A Broadway show based on a niche comedy sketch about tuna isn’t your textbook recipe for success, but hey, that’s not how Broadway works (rapping presidents felt like a stretch, too). 

Oh, Hello stars John Mulaney and Nick Kroll as George St. Geegland and Gil Faizon, two doddering Manhattanites with an affinity for mispronouncing words and pranking people in diners (also, raccoons). The show opened off-Broadway in 2015 (at the same theater where Hasan Minhaj had just debuted another future Netflix special), eventually selling out its Broadway run, which concluded earlier this year. 

Now, the twisted New York love letter goes worldwide streaming on Netflix, so its creators sat down with Mashable to discuss their Broadway dreams, honing jokes, and what’s next for George and Gil. Read more…

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Watch Daenerys flying into battle in thrilling ‘Game of Thrones’ behind-the-scenes video

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No other TV show (and few films) can beat the spectacular special effects in Game of Thrones, and a new behind-the-scenes video shows us exactly what goes into bringing Westeros to life.

SEE ALSO: New ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 photos show Jon Snow ready for war

Sneakily, there’s some Season 6 footage spliced in with the Season 7 shots, which makes it hard to tell which visual effects are old and which are new — but the video does feature Daenerys Targaryen riding one of her dragons into battle against a greenscreen backdrop, and judging by her costume, this is part of her battle against the Lannister army, which was previewed in the Season 7 trailer and this photo of a dragon roasting some unwitting Lannister soldiers.   Read more…

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This startup used Ethereum to raise $150 million in three hours

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A startup named Bancor has raised almost $150 million in just three hours from anonymous investors in what is now the biggest example of a new form of blokchain-based funding—the initial coin offering.

And it all happened on Ethereum, the blockchain platform that has exploded in popularity over the past few months. Ethereum, often described as another Bitcoin competitor, is more than a currency; it allows decentralized, blockchain-based projects to be built on top of it. 

SEE ALSO: Bye, Bitcoin. Hello, Ethereum.

While most startups raise money from investors or through selling stock on public markets, Bancor found investors through an ICO—an Initial Coin Offering. Read more…

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‘Flatliners’ finds life after death in the first trailer for the remake

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Flatliners is getting revived.

The brand-new remake of the 1990 horror film stars Ellen Page as one of a group of med students who subject themselves to near-death experiences to learn about the afterlife.

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Needless to say, this turns out to be a very bad idea. While the students are initially thrilled by the results, pushing themselves to further and further extremes, they eventually realize that they’ve brought back some not-so-pleasant things with them.

Diego Luna, James Norton, Nina Dobrev, and Kiersey Clemons make up the rest of the castFlatliners is in theaters September 29. Read more…

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Check out this fitness tracker that totally doesn’t look like a fitness tracker

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While you may be accustomed to fitness trackers looking like props from sci-fi movies, more and more companies are in the business of creating stylish wearables.  

Enter the Activité Steel by Withings. While the competition has grown since the company originally released their analog fitness tracker, no one has succeeded at producing a better-designed alternative at a comparable cost. 

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If you’re looking to improve your health by tracking your personal data but don’t want to sport an eyesore around your wrist, the Steel Activité could be a good solution. Designed with a 316L stainless steel casing, chrome hands, and double-domed glass, the watch has the look and feel of a much pricier watch. The band may not be made of leather, but the lightweight silicone still looks great and makes it workout and sleep-friendly.    Read more…

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