Uber’s newest headache: An exploding car. Here's the damning Wall Street Journal headline: “Uber Knowingly Leased Unsafe Cars to Drivers.” The story details Uber’s decision not to immediately pull cars with a known, dangerous defect out of its fleet in Singapore. Uber’s response today: “We acknowledge we could have done more — and we have done so.” [Douglas MacMillan, Newley Purnell / WSJ]
Meanwhile, ousted Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has hired a crisis PR firm. He’s working with Teneo, best known for its ties to the Clinton family. [Kara Swisher / Recode]
The Trump leaks continue. The Washington Post obtained transcripts of his call with the leaders of Mexico and Australia that reveals Trump’s approach to statecraft. Lots of stuff on "the wall.” And the Wall Street Journal reports special prosecutor Robert Mueller has empaneled a grand jury in his investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. The first big indication there’s a there there. [Del Quentin Wilber, Byron Tau / WSJ]
A star hacker has been arrested for hacking. Big and confusing news from the computer security world: Marcus Hutchins, the 23-year-old heralded for shutting down a worldwide malware outbreak in May, was arrested in Las Vegas and charged with spreading malware. [Alex Hern, Sam Levin / Guardian]
How can I make my home Wi-Fi faster? Eero CEO Nick Weaver would like you to buy his routers. But he has other answers, too, on the latest Too Embarrassed to Ask. [Eric Johnson / Recode]
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Forget the iPhone — the iPod is hot again. Credit “Baby Driver” — and perhaps the fact that Apple has killed off all but one iPod model — for spiking iPod prices on eBay. What’s that? You’d like to see the opening chase scene from “Baby Driver” again (or for the first time)? Go right ahead. [Gizmodo]
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