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Facebook employees react to the latest scandals: 'Why does our company suck at having a moral compass' (FB)

Facebook is battling yet another crisis after a bombshell report on how leadership reacted to previous scandals. Employees at the California tech giant are reacting with a mixture of frustration with senior executives and distrust of the media. One current employee dismissed the report, telling colleagues reporters have "an economic incentive to slander us." Others were critical of COO Sheryl Sandberg's leadership.

Facebook employees are reacting with frustration and conflicting emotions amid withering criticism of its business practices: A feeling of being under siege by a hostile media has united many employees at the beleaguered social network, even as dismay towards the company's own leadership is growing.

On Wednesday,


12 car brands that have the worst customer experience

The market research company JD Power released on Wednesday its ranking of auto brands based on the quality of the sales experience they provide. Genesis received the lowest score, with 736 out of a possible 1,000 points. Kia and Jeep received the second and third-lowest scores, with 737 points and 749 points, respectively.

 

The market research company JD Power released on Wednesday its ranking of auto brands based on the quality of the sales experience they provide.

Genesis received the lowest score, with 736 out of a possible 1,000 points, while Kia and Jeep received the second and third-lowest scores, with 737 points and 749 points, respectively. Mitsubishi and Honda rounded out the bottom five.


Leaked photos show Google could be working on a budget Pixel 3 with a headphone jack that costs $400 — and it could have the same amazing camera (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google apparently isn't done with its Pixel 3 smartphone just yet, as a "budget" that costs between $400 and $500 could have just been leaked via Russian tech site Rozetked.me. We originally saw it on 9to5Google

To compare prices, Google's flagship Pixel 3 lineup starts at $800 for the regular Pixel 3, and $900 for the larger Pixel 3XL. 

So far, this "budget" device is being called the "Pixel 3 Lite."

Indeed, the rumored device has "lite" specs compared to the full-fat Pixel 3 phones that Google released last month. But overall, the new phone looks pretty similar. It could even have the same camera as the Pixel 3, which would make the Pixel 3 Lite the ultimate mid-range phone.


'Game of Thrones' author George R.R. Martin wrote heartfelt goodbye to Stan Lee, and shared that his first published work was a letter in a Marvel comic

"Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin said goodbye to Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee on Friday in a blog post. Lee died at the age of 95 on Monday. Martin said his first published piece of writing was a letter in an issue of a "Fantastic Four" comic by Lee and artist Jack Kirby when he was 13. "Comics as we know them today would not exist except for Stan Lee," Martin wrote. "They might not exist at all, if truth be told."

 

One legendary creator said goodbye to another on Friday.

George R.R. Martin, author of the "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels that HBO's "Game of Thrones" is based on, said goodbye to Marvel legend Stan Lee in a heartfelt blog post. Lee, the former president of Marvel Comics who co-created iconic characters Spider-Man, Black Panther, Iron Man, and more, died on Monday at the age of 95.


Facebook is sliding after Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg respond to the New York Times exposé (FB)

The New York Times Wednesday published a 6,000-word exposé saying Facebook leadership is "delay, deny and deflect" when dealing with crises, such as Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election. Facebook executives responded to the investigation late Thursday, admitting they are too slow but never intended to hide what they knew. Shares tanked in March in wake of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, recovered later, but plunged again after disappointing second-quarter earnings in July. Watch Facebook trade live.


The most valuable startup based in each of the 50 United States

While Silicon Valley may be where numerous startups flock to launch their businesses, it's far from the only place entrepreneurs choose to set up shop.

PitchBook recently compiled a list of the most valuable startups headquartered in each of the 50 United States, as well as D.C. Leading the list are California and New York, which are home to Uber and WeWork, respectively.

It's important to note the numbers for the startups in Alaska and South Dakota are not based on their valuations, since PitchBook didn't have available data on their values. Instead, these companies are evaluated by how much venture capitalist funding they've raised.


Trump says Amazon 'took the best deals' for HQ2 (AMZN)

President Donald Trump has weighed on Amazon's second headquarters project, known as HQ2. "I think they’re paying a very big price. I think that it was a competition. I know all about those competitions, I’ve been in those competitions, you know, and it’s a lot of people, a lot of cities who are competing for it," Trump said. "They took the best deals." Amazon has been criticized by other politicians.

Amazon has chosen its HQ2 locations, and President Donald Trump has weighed in.

"I think they’re paying a very big price,"


Google replaces Diane Greene as head of its cloud business (GOOGL)

Google has replaced Diane Greene as the head of its cloud business, CNBC reported on Friday.

Former Oracle executive Thomas Kurian will replace Greene as CEO of Google Cloud, according to the report. Kurian will join the company on November 26 and will assume the leadership role sometime next year, CNBC reported. Greene will continue to serve as CEO until then.

Google representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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'Creed II' escapes a sequel slump with thrilling fight scenes and a gripping performance by Michael B. Jordan

"Creed II" is a worthy companion to the 2015 original movie thanks to its focus on fathers and sons. Newcomer Steven Capel, Jr. takes over as director and does an impressive job continuing the franchise that Ryan Coogler started with the first movie.

 

When director Ryan Coogler gave us “Creed” in 2015, it was a perfect continuation to the “Rocky” franchise and most of us couldn’t wait for him to continue the story of Adonis Creed (played by Michael B. Jordan) as he rises up the boxing ranks with Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) by his side to try and be as great as his father, Apollo Creed.

But Coogler threw a major curveball when he decided to make “Black Panther,” leaving a question mark for a “Creed” sequel.

Fast forward three years and here we are with “Creed II” (opening in theaters November 21), and a new director at the helm, Steven Capel, Jr. (“The Land”). And I’m happy to say that Capel pulled it off.


Ohio 'heartbeat bill' could ban abortions before most women know they're pregnant with an embryo

A Republican-controlled Ohio House revived a vetoed "heartbeat bill" to ban abortions in the state. The legislation would prevent abortions — including in cases of rape and incest — after an embryo's heartbeat is detected, typically around week six of pregnancy. Most women don't know they're pregnant until seven weeks or later in the process. About one-fourth of all clinically recognized pregnancies spontaneously or naturally abort. Providing access to both birth control and elective abortions may reduce a typical woman's lifetime abortion rate six-fold.

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