A behind the scenes look at Travis Kalanick's fall at Uber: from Susan Fowler's blog post and Waymo's lawsuit to the fight with Benchmark Capital's Bill Gurley — Silicon Valley CEOs are supposed to be sacrosanct. So how did it all go wrong at Uber? — A year ago, before the investor lawsuits …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon narrows HQ2 search to 20 cities from 238 proposals, 19 in the US and Toronto in Canada, and says it expects to make a decision in 2018 — Amazon has selected 20 cities to move to the next phase in its HQ2 selection process, the latest twist in an unprecedented headquarters search that has turned into a national curiosity.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Apartment rental marketplace Apartment List raises $50M Series C led by Passport Capital — Apartment List, A San Francisco-based apartment rental marketplace, has raised $50 million in a series C round of funding led by Passport Capital, with participation from Allen & Company LLC …
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Major tech lobby urges Trump administration to preserve the H-4 visa program, which allows spouses of H-1B holders with pending green cards to work legally — The Information Technology Industry council, a major tech lobby, will send a letter today to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services calling …
Mariella Moon / Engadget:
Intel admits Spectre and Meltdown patches also affect newer Skylake and Kaby Lake chips, with performance impact between 2% and 25%, promises fix next week — Intel has revealed that even its newer CPUs are affected by the frequent reboot problems brought about by the Spectre/Meltdown patches.
Marie Mawad / Bloomberg:
Cryptocurrency hardware wallet maker Ledger raises $75M Series B led by Draper Esprit; the company sold 1M USB dongle wallets that store private keys — Startup makes dongles to store cyptocurrency private keys — Sold 1 million units last year; targeting hedge funds, banks