Google founder Sergey Brin 'tried to steal' former Uber boss Travis Kalanick's girlfriend, hours after announcing he was turning against his business, a new book has revealed. Kalanick was stunned in 2014 when Brin unveiled the first self-driving car for Google, which until then had been an Uber ally, because he felt it threatened his company. New York Times tech journalist Mike Isaac details the rise of the ride-hailing app, and the controversial workplace culture that nearly brought it down, in new book, Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber, released last month. According to Isaac, Kalanick's humiliation took a far more personal twist that night, with Brin even chatting up the Uber founder's now-ex-girlfriend Gabi Holzwarth, a musician and dancer, during a dinner with Silicon Valley heavyweights. Kalanick told a colleague that Brin, who at the time was going through a messy divorce after having an affair with a younger female employee, had put his hand … [Read more...] about How Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick nearly brought the ride-hailing app down spending millions on employee drug and strip club parties expensed as ‘t*ts on Travis’ and went to war with Google after Sergey Brin ‘tried to steal his girlfriend’
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Why does it matter what medicines cost? If you are lucky enough to live in a country with comprehensive state-funded healthcare, such as the UK, you probably have no idea how much medicines really cost. But it can be a lot. Some drugs that have been around for ages are very cheap – aspirin, for instance, costs pence. It’s been out of patent and made by numerous companies competing to undercut each other’s price for decades. But new medicines, protected by 20-year patents, can cost hundreds of pounds a packet and sometimes thousands. The new breast cancer drug Kadcyla weighed in at a starting price of £90,000 per patient per year in the UK in 2015, though the manufacturer has now agreed a hefty discount for the NHS. It is an increasing pressure on all health systems around the world. In 2017, NHS England put its annual drugs bill at £16bn, £9bn of which is GPs prescribing, and said it was rising at 7% a year – faster than the overall NHS budget. … [Read more...] about Why do new medicines cost so much, and what can we do about it?
On a hot August afternoon in 2000, four Americans arrived for a secret meeting at the central London penthouse flat of an Indian billionaire drug manufacturer named Yusuf Hamied. A sixth person would join them there, a French employee of the World Health Organisation, who was flying in from Geneva, having told his colleagues he was taking leave. Hamied took his guests into the dining room on the seventh floor. The room featured a view of the private gardens of Gloucester Square, Bayswater, for which only the residents possess a key. The six men sat round a glass dining table overlooked by a painting of galloping horses by a Mumbai artist (Hamied has racehorses stabled in three cities). The discussion, which went on all afternoon and through dinner that evening at the Bombay Palace restaurant nearby, would help change the course of medical history. The number of people living with HIV/Aids worldwide had topped 34 million, many of them in the developing world. Hamied and his guests were … [Read more...] about Big Pharma’s worst nightmare
This is what happens when the government targets you for zombie debt collection. You receive a letter from your state’s department of human services claiming that you were “overissued” $4,132 in food stamp and cash benefits in the 1980s. Enclosed is a copy of the original overpayment notice they say they sent you when you were still listening to Madonna and Bobby Brown. You don’t remember ever seeing it before. The letter informs you that, since you didn’t respond immediately three decades ago, your 90-day window to request a fair hearing and contest the overpayment has closed. You now have a debt, and it’s past due. The state threatens to refer this debt to the United States Department of Treasury, which has the power to withhold your federal tax return, your earned income tax credit, a portion of your military retirement pay – even your social security disability check. You are barely making ends meet, so the financial loss might mean doing … [Read more...] about Struggling Americans are haunted by zombie debt. Will you be next?
If you’re the type of person who enjoys perusing old newspapers, every now and then you’ll come across a story that is more than a mere curiosity, one which either by being completely extraordinary, by having a significant effect on its era or – rarest of all – by having a continued impact on modern society transcends the time and place in which it occurred. This is very much one of the smallest and most treasured group, the story of an event that threatened but ultimately failed to destroy hundreds of clubs across the country, is still regularly quoted in legal circles more than 70 years later, and also made 48-year-old Bessie Stone of Cheetham Hill, Manchester really quite upset. The story starts on 9 August 1947 when, midway through Denton St Lawrence CC’s away match against Cheetham, Miss Stone left her house on Manchester’s Beckenham Road and stopped for a chat with a neighbour. Meanwhile, over the road, beyond a 7ft fence, down a further 10ft … [Read more...] about Bessie Stone’s head injury and the court case that threatened cricket