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'Horrific:' Microsoft CEO addresses Charlottesville and the Google diversity memo in an e-mail to employees (MSFT)

In a memo to employees, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella addressed both the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville and the controversial Google diversity manifesto, calling both "horrific."

"This past week and in particular this weekend’s events in Charlottesville have been horrific. What I’ve seen and read has had a profound impact on me and I am sure for many of you as well," wrote Nadella, in a Monday e-mail.

The memo was originally obtained by Quartz, and confirmed by a Microsoft spokesperson to Business Insider.

Nadella addresses the events in Charlottesville directly, and expresses his sympathy for victims and their families.


NASA's Cassini probe just got closer to Saturn than ever before — here's what its death spiral is revealing

NASA's Cassini probe is plunging to its death.

The nuclear-powered spacecraft has orbited Saturn for 13 years, and sent back hundreds of thousands of images. The photos include close-ups of the gaseous giant, its famous rings, and its enigmatic moons — including Titan, which has its own atmosphere, and icy Enceladus, which has a subsurface ocean that could conceivably harbor microbial life.

To prevent Cassini from crashing into and contaminating any of those hidden oceans, the space agency has directed the craft, which is running out of fuel, onto a crash course with Saturn.

On Monday, the space probe conducted the first of its final five orbits around the planet, dipping into Saturn's atmosphere,


Goldman Sachs has hired a former Silicon Valley executive to recruit tech talent (GS)

Goldman Sachs has hired a top Silicon Valley executive to help attract tech talent. Wall Street firms are digitizing their offerings and are competing with tech giants for engineering talent.

Goldman Sachs is bringing on a Silicon Valley-insider to lure tech talent.

The investment bank has hired Andrew Tout from Square, a financial technology company, to help fill the bank with top engineering talent, according to Bloomberg. Tout will be joining the bank to fill a new position tasked with leading engineering recruitment. 

Goldman Sachs has been on a hiring spree to become the Google of Wall Street. Specifically,


Intel made modest progress in its diversity but says it's on track to meet its goals (INTC)

Intel released its mid-year diversity report on Tuesday, showing modest strides in company-wide efforts to support more women and minorities in its workforce by 2020.

Almost seven out of ten US employees in "technical" jobs at Intel are white or Asian men. 

Women are just 26% of Intel's US workforce, up slightly from the 2015 level, but still well below the nearly 47% of the nation's workers that are women. And the number of African-Americans remained essentially unchanged at a mere 3.6% of the chipmaker's US workforce. 


10 business leaders who have distanced themselves from Trump so far

It's no secret that this White House tends to hemorrhage staff.

But occupants of the West Wing aren't the only casualties of President Donald Trump's governing style.

While Trump has repeatedly billed himself as pro-business, his rhetoric and actions around immigration policy, the environment, and the deadly white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, have alienated several business leaders.


Smart watches and VR headsets are catching on, but they're still not ready to kill the smartphone

Smartphones replaced TVs and computers as the dominant product in consumer electronics. But what will replace smartphones as the next king of the hill is still anybody's guess. 

Things like wearables, smart-home devices, and drones have all hit the consumer market with a bang, but no single technology has raced ahead of the others to be heralded as the next society-altering device.

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A $1.6 billion startup that's aiming to take business from Oracle reportedly just filed to go public (ORCL)

MongoDB, a database startup with over $300 million in venture capital financing, has confidentially filed to go public, reports TechCrunch.

At the time of its last private valuation in 2015, MongoDB was reportedly a $1.6 billion company. The Wall Street Journal reported in May that MongoDB had hired Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to underwrite an IPO.

A change to SEC regulations took effect earlier this summer,


I'm a successful woman in tech — and I didn't complain to HR about the sexual harassment I've experienced

Donna Harris is cofounder of 1776, a global startup incubator and seed fund headquartered in Washington, D.C. She can be reached via Twitter @dharrisindc.

In the aftermath of “the Google memo” I had to read Eric Weinstein’s tweet multiple times to be sure I’d read it correctly….

Like Eric, I too am a venture capitalist and a techie. Long ago, I started my career as a Systems Engineer. I’ve worked for big companies like Oracle and run several startups of my own. Some failed; some soared and produced nice exits. I’ve raised tens of millions of dollars, run a VC fund and run incubators around the world.


A group of Uber investors want Benchmark Capital kicked off the board after the firm sued former CEO Travis Kalanick

A group of Uber shareholders is calling for venture-capital firm Benchmark Capital to be removed from Uber's board. 

According to Axios' Dan Primack, Shervin Pishevar of Sherpa Capital, Ron Burkle of Yucaipa Companies, and Adam Leber of Maverick sent a petition Friday morning to other Uber investors and Uber's board of directors calling for Benchmark to step aside.

The petition also asks that Benchmark divest enough of its shares so it no longer has board appointment rights, according to Axios.

The request comes one day after Benchmark


How to safely watch the solar eclipse — even if you're not in the path of totality

Most days we barely give the giant, searing-hot ball of plasma in the sky a second thought.

That will change dramatically on Monday, August 21: when the total solar eclipse sweeps across the continental United States for the first time in nearly 100 years.

If you're not careful, though, the sun can still rapidly scorch your eyeballs.

While the moon will at least partially block the sun for the entire nation, the glowing crescent left behind will emit ultraviolet rays — the same light that causes sunburn — and could damage the light-sensing cells of your eyes' retinas. Even looking with normal sunglasses can lead to solar retinopathy, a condition that can temporarily blind you,