Uber’s SVP of engineering Amit Singhal is leaving after about a month because he did not disclose the reason he left Google last year after a 15-year career there: A dispute after a co-worker had accused him of sexual harassment, a claim the company found credible. It’s the latest in a recently heightened culture crisis at Uber. — [Kara Swisher / Recode]
SpaceX plans to send two people on a trip around the moon. The two private citizens have “already paid a significant deposit.” The trip, targeted for late next year, would take about a week. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk didn’t disclose the price. — [Angela Chen and Loren Grush / The Verge]
The PwC partner responsible for the Oscars “Best Picture” fiasco had just tweeted, seemingly starstruck, from backstage, including a “glamorous photo” of Best Actress winner Emma Stone. Then he handed off the wrong envelope, and the rest is history. — [Ben Fritz, Michael Rapoport and Erich Schwartzel / The Wall Street Journal]
Peter Thiel’s unlikely role in the Trump administration continues as he lines up friends for key roles “that will give them sway over science and technology policy.” — [Eliana Johnson / Politico]
Why are we talking about Russia? The New Yorker goes deep — almost 14,000 words deep — on the “new Cold War,” including a primer on Putinism and Russian cyberwarfare. — [Evan Osnos, David Remnick, and Joshua Yaffa / The New Yorker]
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