Uber has a new CEO.
Dara Khosrowshahi, the chief executive of travel company Expedia, emerged Sunday as the embattled rideshare giant’s new chief executive, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter, handing him the challenge of leading the company out of a nearly year-long crisis.
Khosrowshahi, 48, will take on the daunting task of mending Uber’s image, repairing frayed relations among investors, rebuilding employee morale and creating a profitable business after seven years of losses.
He will also have to contend with the legacy of his predecessor, Travis Kalanick, Uber’s pugnacious co-founder, who was ousted as CEO in June after shareholders representing about 40 percent of the company’s voting power signed a letter asking him to step down amid growing concern over his behavior and the behavior of senior managers under him.
Uber’s board of directors deliberated throughout the weekend and said on Sunday it had voted on its pick for a new chief executive officer, but declined to disclose its choice publicly until after informing employees.
The board has voted and will announce the decision to the employees first,” a board spokeswoman said in an email to Reuters.
Khosrowshahi wasn’t known to the public to be among the top candidates for the job.
Earlier on Sunday, Jeff Immelt, chairman of General Electric, said he was no longer in the running for the job. Meg Whitman, chief executive of Hewlett Packard, had also been a leading candidate
Google Celebrates Late Nigerian Doctor Stella Adadevoh
The popular technology company Google today celebrates the late Nigerian doctor, Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh who ensured that the deadly Ebola virus did not gain wind in the country.
On Google Doodle today is a cartoon drawing to represent and celebrate Dr. Stella Adadevoh who would have turned 62 today. Doctor Stella was responsible for keeping the late Patrick Sawyer (the man who came to Nigeria with the virus) in quarantine despite pressures from both the Liberian government and the patient himself to let him go.
Doctor Stella Adadevoh later tested positive to the virus and passed on the 19th of August 2014.
GoogleAfrica takes to its Twitter page writing:
“Today our #Googledoodle celebrates the life of Stella Adadevoh, the Nigerian doctor, who helped stop the spread of Ebola in the country during the 2014 outbreak.”
— Google in Africa (@googleafrica) October 27, 2018
Anambra Teen-Girls Win Gold In World Technovation Challenge
5 female students from the Regina Pacies Secondary School Onitsha, Anambra win gold at the ‘World Technovation Challenge 2018’.
The 5 teenage girls from Anambra state representing Nigeria and Africa at the World Technovation Challenge which held in the Silicon Valley in San Francisco, USA, earn the Gold Medal in the contest.
The girls who defeated other huge competitors from the USA, Spain, Turkey, Uzbekistan, and China to clinch the gold medal are Promise Nnalue, Jessica Osita, Nwabuaku Ossai, Adaeze Onuigbo and Vivian Okoye.
The girls currently in Junior Secondary School developed a mobile application called ‘FD Detector’ – to tackle the problems of fake pharmaceutical products in Nigeria.
The Technovation challenge involves inviting girls annually to identify a problem in their communities, challenging them to solve these problems by developing Andriod applications that will address such problems.
115 countries participated in the qualifiers but only 12 teams from all over the world were selected as finalists for the pitch in Silicon Valley.
WhatsApp Takes Upgrade A Level Higher
The social media platform WhatsApp announces the launch of a new feature globally that will highlight when a message has been forwarded and not composed by the sender.
WhatsApp is allegedly taking this move to curb the spread of fake news. The messaging application on Tuesday through its official blog released a statement addressing the upgrade.
In the statement, the platform, owned by Facebook, said:
“Starting today, WhatsApp will indicate which messages you receive, have been forwarded to you. This extra context will help make one-on-one and group chats easier to follow, it also helps you determine if your friend or relative wrote the message they sent or if it originally came from someone else.
“To see this new forwarded label, you need to have the latest supported version of WhatsApp on your phone. WhatsApp cares deeply about your safety.
“We encourage you to think before sharing messages that were forwarded. As a reminder, you can report spam or block a contact in one tap and can always reach out to WhatsApp directly for help.”
The social media platform in recent times, replied a notice by the Indian government to take immediate measures to prevent misuse of its platform. It said that the platform was testing a new label that highlights when a message has been forwarded.
Saying, “this could serve as an important signal for recipients to think twice before forwarding messages. Because it lets a user know if content they received was written by the person they know or a potential rumor from someone else.”
The company also announced in June an “unrestricted monetary awards” for research on the spread of misinformation on its platform to address the problem.