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Uber’s Sexist Culture Won’t Change Until Its Bro-In-Chief Departs

Can Uber really change its toxic bro culture if bro-in-chief Travis Kalanick sticks around?  As the company scrambles to fix a broken workplace, rife with inexperienced managers, weak human resource processes, sexual harassment and bullying, it’s hard to tell if CEO Kalanick, the Uber co-founder known for arrogance and misogyny, is capable of change. On Tuesday, Uber fired a stunning 20 employees ― some senior executives ― for a variety of offenses, including sexual harassment, bullying, bias and retaliation unearthed by an outside law firm. The departed may include one executive who mishandled the case of a customer raped by an Uber driver, tracking down her medical records and sharing them with colleagues. More firings are likely. Next week, Uber is expected to release a report on harassment and discrimination at a company-wide meeting, the result of a separate investigation led by former attorney general Eric Holder, now a partner at a big D.C. law firm.  The company is desperately seeking to change its reputation, in the gutter since at least February, when former engineer Susan Fowler published a blog post detailing horrifying sexual harassment

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Uber Fires 20 After Harassment Probe

Uber has fired 20 employees as part of a larger inquiry into harassment claims, the company confirmed to HuffPost. The firings came after an independent law firm completed an investigation into 215 human resources claims , Bloomberg reported Tuesday. Of the 215 claims, 100 resulted in no action; 31 required employees to receive additional training; seven prompted written warnings; and 57 are still being investigated. Uber announced the firings at an all-hands on Tuesday, according to The New York Times . Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is leading a separate investigation into sexual harassment and discrimination claims at company. Uber board member Arianna Huffington, the former editor-in-chief of HuffPost, is helping oversee Holder’s probe. That investigation has concluded, but has yet to be publicly addressed

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Hate Autoplay Videos? New Mac OS Will Let You Block Them On Safari.

Mac computer users will be able to block videos from playing automatically on the upcoming version of Safari, an Apple executive announced Monday at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference. The feature is one element of Apple’s updated operating system, called High Sierra, Senior Vice President Craig Federighi told the audience in San Jose. The update will replace the MacOS Sierra system that runs on millions of laptop and desktop computers. Company executives also announced Monday that Apple Pay will soon allow person-to-person payments  through the Messages app on iPhones. Apps from PayPal, Venmo and others already allow people to transfer money digitally.

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Your iPhone Could Stop You From Texting And Driving Soon

Apple unveiled a new iPhone feature this week that aims to cut down on the number of distracted drivers. The “Do Not Disturb While Driving” setting will automatically silence incoming texts and notifications while an iPhone is connected to a car via Bluetooth or cable,  the tech giant announced Monday . DNDWD, which will be available in fall 2017 with the release of Apple’s mobile operating system iOS 11, will allow users to send autotomatic replies to contacts attempting to reach them while they are behind the wheel. The auto-reply messages will consist of two responses, according to New York Magazine . The first will read: “I’m driving with Do Not Disturb turned on. I’ll see your message when I get where I’m going,” followed by: “If this is urgent, reply ‘urgent’ to send a notification through with your original message.” Drivers can still use Apple Maps, the company’s navigation app, though they will be unable to input destinations while driving, reported CNN

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Twitter Thinks Apple’s HomePod Looks Like A Roll Of Toilet Paper

Yesterday Apple  unveiled  HomePod , a home speaker system that plays music and takes commands. The cylindrical,  motor-driven device  comes in white and space gray  and  will retail for $349  when it hits stores in December. But  Twitter  isn’t convinced the invention is entirely original. Homepod or toilet paper? #wwdc2017 pic.twitter.com/46M1dgdSPg — MCHammerheadCorvette (@zblockariah) June 5, 2017 HomePod is going to be the most expensive scratching post my cat has ever had.

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Stephen Colbert Leads 360-Degree Tour Of His Studio For The Superfans

Stephen Colbert has become a very popular late-night host. Just last month, the comedian officially won the ratings battle between the various late shows, besting the Jimmys in an upset. Most of this new audience has come for the Donald Trump jokes, which Colbert has made his current specialty. As such, YouTube clips from “The Late Show” often gain a large viewership when he makes fun of the current president. But his latest viral video actually doesn’t have a single mention of Trump. In a segment aimed at the Colbert superfans ― of which there are apparently many ― “The Late Show” host gave a somewhat “Birdman”-style tour of the program’s backstage.

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The 10 Brands That The LGBTQ Community Perceives To Be The Most Inclusive

Technology brands are consistently viewed as the most inclusive for the LGBTQ community, a new survey has found.  YouGov BrandIndex named Amazon as the best perceived brand by queer consumers, while Netflix and YouTube came in at third and fourth place, respectively. There were a number of surprising outliers, too. New to the Top 10 this year was Dawn, which came in fifth place.  In a Thursday interview with Brandchannel, YouGov BrandIndex CEO Ted Marzilli said that LGBTQ consumers naturally gravitated to products whose advertising efforts were queer-inclusive. “I don’t think it’s a matter of taste as really this: gay men and women ― like all of us ― generally like to see themselves depicted in mainstream advertising,” he said.  Though LGBTQ people continue to made strides toward equality, Marzilli doesn’t think that the need for a survey to determine the best-perceived brands among queer consumers will be going away anytime soon. “I believe it will always be necessary,” he said , “since the LGBTQ community is a demographic in its own right, as much as parents, minorities and millennials.” Check out the top 10 brands in YouGov BrandIndex’s LGBT Brand Perception Rankings below.  — 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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Instagram’s Latest Colorful Move For LGBTQ People Is A Must-See

Instagram is kicking Pride month off with a colorful new initiative that aims to encourage support for queer people around the world. On Wednesday, the app transformed the all-pink, oft-photographed facade of Paul Smith’s Los Angeles store into the first of its five “rainbow walls.” The wall was unveiled by Mayor Eric Garcetti at an evening ceremony that was attended by Instagram influencers Justin Blake ,  Raymond Braun  and  Jacob Tobia , along with other members of the city’s LGBTQ community.  The walls, which will also debut in London, Madrid, Nashville and Cleveland later in June, will each be emblazoned with the #KindComments hashtag so that visitors can use the photo-sharing app to find a “community of support” nearby, according to Instagram’s Chief Operating Officer Marne Levine .   In honor of Pride month, @instagram painted the famous @paulsmithwall on Melrose ✨ Stop by the geotag above and celebrate equality and love #kindcomments A post shared by Gray Malin (@graymalin) on May 31, 2017 at 5:27pm PDT The company’s mission, Levine said, is “to strengthen relationships through shared experiences,” and the “rainbow wall” initiative is one of many similar efforts that aim to do just that. “Every day we see members of our community coming to Instagram to share their passions and experiences,” she told HuffPost.

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