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Recode Daily: Why Uber’s new SVP of engineering is already leaving

Amit Singhal did not disclose that he left Google — after a long career there — in a dispute over a sexual harassment allegation.

Amit Singhal
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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]

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