Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. Travis Kalanick resigns as Uber CEO
“Travis Kalanick has stepped down as CEO of Uber. The news comes as the company has been hit with an extended barrage of scandal and controversy; Kalanick had already recently taken a leave of absence following the death of his mother.”
+1: Uber’s lesson: Silicon Valley’s start-up machine needs fixing – New York Times
2. Homeland Security official: Russian government actors tried to hack election systems in 21 states
“Samuel Liles, the Department of Homeland Security’s acting director of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis Cyber Division, said vote tallying mechanisms were unaffected, and the hackers appeared to be scanning for vulnerabilities — which Liles likened to walking down the street and looking at homes to see who might be inside.
“But hackers successfully exploited a “small number” of networks, Liles said, likening the act to making it through a home’s front door.”
4. Why Canadians are closer to losing their news than they think
“The depth of Canada’s media problem is only truly visible by looking at the country’s most popular news access point: Facebook”
3. ‘End of the liberal world order’: Germany warns U.S. against ceding lead role to China and Russia
“Wolfgang Schaeuble, Germany’s veteran finance minister, urged the U.S. to limit Russian and Chinese influence or risk bringing about “the end of our liberal world order.”
“The comments by Schaeuble, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet since she took office in 2005, are one of the strongest expressions of concern among European policy makers that President Donald Trump’s administration is disengaging the U.S. from its global role on trade, climate change and security. Europe and the U.S. must stand together at a difficult time, the minister said.”
5. It’s 2017 and this Twitter bot reflects our disappointment with the present
“We speak to Twitter as we speak to God: in frustration, optimism and anger, without expecting our calls to be answered. Still, we call and call again for change, but see none of it.”