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G.M.’s President Will Take Over Its Self-Driving Effort

General Motors said Thursday that its president, Dan Ammann, would take on a new role as chief executive of Cruise, the G.M. division working to develop and commercialize self-driving cars. The Cruise unit was formed when G.M. acquired Cruise Automation, a San Francisco-based start-up, for more than $1 billion in …

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Google Cloud Executive Who Sought Pentagon Contract Steps Down

SAN FRANCISCO — Diane Greene, whose pursuit of Pentagon contracts for artificial intelligence technology sparked a worker uprising at Google, is stepping down as chief executive of the company’s cloud computing business. Ms. Greene said she would stay on as chief executive until January. She will be replaced by Thomas …

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Mark Zuckerberg Defends Facebook as Furor Over Its Tactics Grows

On Thursday, one of those shareholders, Scott M. Stringer, the comptroller of New York City, who administers the city’s public pension fund, said Mr. Zuckerberg’s grip over Facebook protected him from being answerable for the company’s mistakes. “Renegade executives who are focused only on growth regardless of the risks — …

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Barry Rand, Barrier-Breaking Chief Executive, Is Dead at 74

Barry Rand, who in 1999 became one of the few African-American chief executives of a Fortune 500 company when he took control of Avis, the rental car company, after being passed over for the top job at Xerox, died on Nov. 7 in an assisted living facility in Norwalk, Conn. …

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Tesla Names New Chairwoman as It Seeks a More Stable Image

Tesla named Robyn Denholm, an independent board member since 2014 and a longtime technology and telecommunications executive, as its new chairwoman on Wednesday night, as the company tries to put behind it regulatory troubles and concerns about its stability under Elon Musk, its colorful but erratic co-founder. The electric-car company …

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State of the Art: How Mark Zuckerberg Became Too Big to Fail

The social network also put me on the phone with a top executive who argued boisterously for Mr. Zuckerberg’s leadership, but declined to do so on the record. The executive explained that fixing Facebook would involve deep costs. The company is hiring more people to review content, for example, and …

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SoftBank Hires a Veteran Corporate Image-Maker

Once, SoftBank was merely a big Japanese telecommunications company. Now, it is an international technology behemoth with a host of challenges. It is joined at the hip to Saudi Arabia in the midst of the furor over a prominent journalist’s death. And it is fighting hard in Washington to win …

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Snap Continues to Struggle to Gain Users

SAN FRANCISCO — Snap, the maker of the disappearing-message app Snapchat, is continuing to struggle. The social media company said on Thursday that it lost two million daily active users over the past three months after shedding three million over the summer, knocking its total down to 186 million. While …

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Rifts Break Open at Facebook Over Kavanaugh Hearing

He also said, “Laura and I felt it was important to be with them at the hearing to express our love and support for our friends during a very difficult time for all involved. I took a personal day to be there.” Some Facebook employees noted that according to the …

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