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Uber Releases Scathing Independent Report Documenting Company’s Mistakes

Uber released the results of a three-month independent investigation on Tuesday, pulling back the curtain on a work culture former employees have described as toxic and indifferent to sexual harassment. In a 13-page document, report authors from the law firm Covington & Burling LLP issue recommendations  they categorize into 10 distinct groups, including “changes to senior leadership” and “improvements to human resources and the complaint process.” In its section on senior leadership, the report calls for “reallocating” the responsibilities of CEO Travis Kalanick, as well as using regular performance reviews and set metrics to increase the accountability of other senior leaders. Kalanick announced separately on Tuesday that he would  take a leave of absence  from the company to grieve for his mother, who died in a boating accident late last month.  At the report’s recommendation, an independent board member has also joined Uber’s board to aid with company oversight. One section calls for a “reformulation” of Uber’s cultural values to emphasize inclusivity and positive behaviors like “mutual respect.” These values would ideally replace its current ones ― including “Let Builders Build” and “Always Be Hustlin’” ― which the report concludes have “been used to justify poor behavior.” In addition to such recommendations as having more trainings, improving the human resources and complaint processes, introducing a better system for record-keeping and boosting diversity, the report made clear, actionable suggestions for employee practices. In particular: Prohibiting intimate or otherwise romantic relationships between employees in a chain of command

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Travis Kalanick Takes Leaves Of Absence From Post As Uber CEO

Travis Kalanick  will take a leave of absence from his post as CEO of  Uber , he said on Tuesday. The move comes after months of scrutiny into Uber’s workplace culture and criticism of Kalanick’s leadership, and also his mother’s death late last month. In an email provided to HuffPost, Kalanick wrote that he was taking the time off to grieve for his mother and did not indicate when he’d return.  “For Uber 2.0 to succeed there is nothing more important than dedicating my time to building out the leadership team,” he wrote. “But if we are going to work on Uber 2.0, I also need to work on Travis 2.0 to become the leader that this company needs and that you deserve.” Read Kalanick’s full email below. A report about the company’s practices , also made public on Tuesday, suggests that Uber “review and reallocate the responsibilities” Kalanick had.

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Meet The Man Looking To Reshape Our Relationship To Food

Twenty-two years ago, Stephen Brooks’ life changed when he watched a Chiquita banana crop dusting airplane fly over a group of indigenous children. Now, Stephen’s a botanical explorer who’s obsessed with finding plants that make our lives better. But what does that mean? Rob Greenfield ’s new video showcases Stephen’s efforts to redesign where our food comes from. He wants to change the relationship we have with the people growing our food and to the planet

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So THAT’S What The Numbers On Airport Runways Mean

Another great mystery  of air travel  is solved.  There’s a fascinating explanation for those giant numbers and letters  you see on the ends of  airport  runways: They provide some very handy direction for pilots , as explained in the video above  from Business Insider.  The numbers are always between 1 and 36, and the difference between the numbers on either end of the same runway is always 18. Sometimes, they’re followed by a letter with a meaning all its own, and sometimes, they change based on the earth’s magnetic north.  Watch above for the riveting rundown. — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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Camera Catches Toddler Helping Baby Brother Make Epic Crib Escape

Bryan and Missy Lanning have their hands full with two sons under 4. And as this viral Nest Cam video shows, the kiddos are giving them a run for their money. The Lannings, who run the popular vlog Daily Bumps , shared a video on their YouTube channel and Facebook page  showing their toddler, Oliver, helping his little brother, Finely, escape his crib. The baby jailbreak is pretty epic, as 3-year-old Ollie gives 1-year-old Finn a chair and demonstrates how to use it to get out of the crib. Though the classic toddler mischief is hilarious, the video is also pretty heartwarming as it highlights the bond between the two brothers. “You can do it!” Ollie says to Finn before catching him

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Tim Cook ‘Reveals’ Who Is Really Behind Donald Trump’s Late Night Tweets

Apple's Tim Cook thinks he knows who's **really** sending those early morning Trump tweets pic.twitter.com/fg7IFixkEc — Mashable News (@MashableNews) June 9, 2017 Tim Cook used part of his address to graduating students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Friday to poke fun at President Donald Trump . The  Apple CEO began by saying he’d never figured out how students at the university in Cambridge pulled off their spectacular course-end pranks ― such as the placing of a propeller atop the campus’ Great Dome. “Or how you’ve obviously taken over the president’s Twitter account,” Cook added. “I can tell college students are behind it because most of the tweets happen at 3 a.m.” Tim Cook just dissed Trump's twitter activity SO HARD and I'm living for it — Lindsey Golden (@weare_golden) June 9, 2017 Tim Cook just threw shade at president Trump during the #MIT2017 commencement #amazing — it's xtina y'all (@xtinaashbaugh) June 9, 2017 Cook went on to deliver some serious advice to the class of 2017, and the effect that the online world may have on their lives. “The internet has enabled so much and empowered so many.

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So THAT’S What Those ‘Ding’ Sounds During Flights Are All About

If you fly, you’re likely familiar with the  ding sound  made when the “fasten seat belt” sign turns off, signaling you’re free to move about the cabin. But discerning ears may have noticed the ding, or chime, occurs at other times during the flight , too: Sometimes it’s a single chime long before the seat belt sign turns off, and sometimes it’s a two-toned rhythm, with a high-pitched chime followed by a low one. Other times, the sound is more like a “boing.”  Of course, these noises aren’t random . Turns out they’re all part of a carrier’s secret code for its cabin crew. Take Qantas Airways , for example.  “On our  Airbus aircraft you’ll hear the ‘boing’ sound shortly after take-off ― this sound lets crew know that the landing gear is being retracted . The second boing is usually when the seat belt sign is switched off,” the airline explained in a blog post last year.  Qantas uses a single chime  to alert crew when a passenger is asking for assistance at their seat. A high-low chime combination  is the sound of the crew calling each other on their in-flight phone system

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These ’90s Apple Sneakers Can Be Yours For $15,000

Sneakerheads, prepare your wallets.  Apple sneakers  made exclusively for employees in the ‘90s are currently for sale online at the auction house  Heritage Auctions . Two important things you should know if you’re looking to purchase the sneakers: the shoes are a men’s size 9 1/2 and the starting bid is currently $15,000.  Elon Werner , director of communications with Heritage Auctions, told HuffPost that the shoes came from a garage sale in San Francisco. Werner believes the shoes were a Promotions such as those at Mohr Publicityal item produced by Apple, though not many pairs were made. He’s only seen one other pair of the Apple shoes before in a size 8 1/2.  According to Heritage Auctions, the shoes are estimated to go for over $30,000 at the final sale. For that kind of money, these kicks had better come with Steve Jobs’ signature.  Online bidding on the sneakers has already started and a live auction will be held on Heritage Live this Sunday, June 11.

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