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The mother of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has died in a boating accident, and his father is in 'serious' condition

The parents of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick were both in a boating accident on Friday. His mother passed away, and his father is currently in the hospital in "serious" condition. The New York Times' Mike Isaac was the first to report the news on Twitter.

Uber provided Business Insider with the following statement:

“Last night Travis and his family suffered an unspeakable tragedy. His mother passed away in a devastating boating accident near Fresno and his father is in serious condition. Our thoughts and prayers are with Travis and his family in this heartbreaking time.”

Business Insider also obtained an internal email that Uber sent to its employees, informing them of the news:


The cofounder of the company that helped bring the world BroBible wants to help millennials get rich

Watch your back Cheddar.

Scott Grimes cofounded the entertainment-focused digital media company Woven (now Uproxx), which brought the world the edgy young male-aimed site BroBible. Now he wants to help young people better manage their wallets with a new web video venture.

Stackin aspires to become a go-to outlet for millennials looking for help with personal finance. The media property quietly rolled out a series of short videos on Facebook and Instagram last month, along the lines of “WTF is Compound Interest?”

Unlike the live business-news-focused Cheddar, which just received a round of funding and is now 

The 30 highest-paid CEOs in tech
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The 30 highest-paid CEOs in tech

While media companies dominate the list of top paid CEOs, leaders of tech companies aren't far behind. 

Combined, the top 30 CEOs in tech made $662 million in 2016, according to a new report out from Equilar, an executive compensation data firm, in partnership with the New York Times

The study only looked at executives at publicly-traded companies with more than $1 billion in revenue that had filed proxy statements before May 1. 

Take an inside look at the offices of Facebook, Twitter, and 9 more high-profile employers

Who says offices have to be boring?

Not everyone toils the day away in a drab cubicle farm. There are some pretty incredible offices out there.

At Business Insider, we've gone on numerous virtual and in-person tours of amazing workspaces — including those of Facebook, Twitter, and Spotify.

Here's a glimpse of some of the coolest offices we've visited:

Jacquelyn Smith, Jessica Mai, Courtney Verrill, Emmie Martin, and Tanza Loudenback contributed reporting.

Facebook's Manhattan office is filled with amazing artwork created by both resident artists and employees. These works give the space a creative vibe. Celebrity sightings aren't uncommon here. If you look closely at the office's "wall," you'll see many famous autographs. Employees also enjoy numerous perks, from VR tests to gourmet breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Step aboard the USS Kearsarge, the US Navy workhorse that takes Marines to war

In US Navy history, just four ships have borne the name Kearsarge.

The first, a Civil War sloop, sank the CSS Alabama off the coast of France in 1864.

The next one, a battleship, sailed around the world with Theodore Roosevelt's Great White Fleet.

The third, an aircraft carrier, recovered astronauts from the sea during Project Mercury, the US's first human-spaceflight program.

The current USS Kearsarge, an amphibious assault ship that docked in New York City for Fleet Week, has a lower profile, but it is no less essential to the fleet.

"We have a very special mission as opposed to your other ships of the Navy," Lt. J.G. Christian Sedarski, a deck-division officer on the Kearsarge, told Business Insider. "Sometimes we will conduct firings on the beaches and that kind of thing, but we are strictly landing and bringing back Marines from the beach."

Doctors are trying an unorthodox approach to treat burn victims — using fish skin

Brazillian doctors are taking an experimental approach to treating burns: using tilapia skin. 

Traditionally, burns are treated using pig and human tissue, which transfer collagen, a healing protein, to the victims' skin. In Fortaleza, Brazil, however, those tissues weren't readily available. 

That shortage led researchers at the José Frota Institute to turn to tilapia as an alternative treatment for people in the community who suffered from burns.

Here's the story of how the team discovered this unconventional new approach. 


Second- and third-degree burns are painful, and occasionally deadly depending on how widespread they are on the body. Using tissue can often help speed up the healing process. But at the José Frota Institute, doctors were only able to use burn creams and gauze that had to be changed out frequently, a painful process. So the team looked f...

LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and Bill Gates team up for a $30 million investment in petition site (MSFT)

LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman is leading a $30 million investment in, the for-profit "social change platform" that's best known as a site for activists to post petitions to the public. 

Hoffman revealed that he'll be leading the round in a post to LinkedIn, with Fortune reporting that Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates and Y Combinator President Sam Altman will also be participating.

All three tech leaders actually participated in the company's last $24 million investment round back in late 2014. Other existing investors include Richard Branson, Ashton Kutcher, and the rapper Nas.

Here are all the times Facebook has copied Snapchat so far (FB, SNAP)

Facebook has tried to copy Snapchat for years.

But during the past year Facebook has gone into overdrive, blatantly, systematically and often successfully, cloning Snapchat's core features.

The result is that Facebook's family of standalone apps — Instagram, Messenger, core Facebook, and even WhatsApp — look much more like Snapchat than they did one year ago. And Zuckerberg now believes that the future of how people communicate on Facebook will be through the phone's camera — a concept Snapchat pioneered.

Here are all of the ways that Facebook has copied Snapchat so far:One of the first indications that Facebook was wading into Snapchat's territory was in March 2016, when it acquired the app MSQRD. The app let you swap faces with goofy effects, similar to Snapchat's "Lens" filters.

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Attending Bungie's 'Destiny 2' event with my older brother was a precious memory I will never forget

On May 18, I got to attend Bungie's big "Destiny 2" event with my older brother Michael. It was a precious memory I'll never forget.

This is Michael. He's three years older than me, but we're both very similar: We have similar senses of humor, we both have beards — his is black, mine is red — and our voices sound almost identical. We also share many of the same interests, particularly in movies, games, and pop culture. He's always been there for me over the years, in both good times and bad. He's my best friend, and I love him dearly.

But since we live on opposite ends of the country — me in New York, and him in Los Angeles — it hasn't always been easy for us to keep in touch. Thankfully, "Destiny" is a big reason we've stayed connected over the years. And at the "Destiny 2" reveal event, we got to spend a full day geeking out to our favorite video game together. It was just like the old days.

Ford’s new CEO may be about to go on a Silicon Valley shopping spree (F)

Ford's decision to push CEO Mark Fields out of the company has a lot to do with its stock price that has plummeted 40% during his three years of leadership.

But its decision to replace Fields with Jim Hackett, the exec who was overseeing Ford's Smart Mobility unit that's responsible for autonomous tech, shows Ford's desire to shift its narrative as an automaker to a mobility company.

At a time when Tesla's market value has risen dramatically to challenge both Ford and GM, Ford sees the benefit of of not only channeling more resources into electrification and autonomous tech, but of making a public display of its intention to do so.