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This morning brings us news that HTC’s Chia-Lin Chang, who was occupying the position of President of Smartphones and Connected Devices, has resigned. Chang previously worked at Motorola and Goldman Sachs before joining HTC as CFO in 2012. Over the past couple of years, he’s been at the helm of HTC’s switch in design language with the U Ultra and the U 11 variants. According to Apple Daily and UDN, he plans to set up his own AI company in Taiwan later in the year.

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HTC smartphone president Chialin Chang has resigned

Not long after letting go of its Pixel team in exchange for some much needed cash from Google, HTC is now also losing its smartphone lead. Chialin Chang, who joined the company as CFO back in April 2012, has immediately resigned as the President of S…
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Amazon Studios chief Roy Price has resigned in the wake of sexual harassment allegations

TV producer Isa Hackett recently went public with complaints.

Less than a week after Amazon suspended its Studios chief Roy Price following sexual harassment claims, the executive has resigned from the company, a spokesman confirmed.

The departure comes after TV producer Isa Hackett went public last week with details about harassment allegations against Price in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

Hackett, an executive producer of the Amazon series “The Man in the High Castle,” had previously declined to publicize specifics of the incident, but later said she felt compelled to come forward after a host of women went public with harassment and rape allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Since Price’s suspension last week, it appeared to be a foregone conclusion that he would not return to Amazon. The resignation also comes shortly after The Wall Street Journal published a critical piece about Price’s tenure at Amazon.

CNN’s Brian Stelter first reported news of Price’s resignation on Tuesday. Amazon exec Albert Cheng will continue to fill in for Price on an interim basis.


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500 Startups’ Dave McClure has resigned as general partner

His resignation was announced in an email to the incubator’s limited partners on Monday.

Dave McClure, the founding partner of tech incubator 500 Startups, has resigned just days after the New York Times reported he had sent inappropriate messages to a female entrepreneur seeking a job at the fund, Recode has confirmed.

In the hours after the report went live, 500 Startups co-founder Christine Tsai announced McClure would be stepping back from his role as executive partner because of his “inappropriate interactions with women in the tech community.”

As of a few days ago, McClure was simply moving away from managing the day-to-day operations of the incubator. But now, McClure is leaving 500 Startups completely. According to the email sent to the fund’s LPs, McClure had to agree to resign, which he did. Axios first reported his resignation.

“As Dave legally cannot be removed without his consent, we needed him to agree to this resignation,” the email reads. “Thankfully Dave has agreed to resign, and we will be moving forward on formalizing the resignation.”

McClure apologized following the Times’s report, writing a blog post Saturday titled “I’m a creep. I’m sorry.” McClure admitted to having inappropriate interactions with women in his role as the fund’s co-founder, and said: “For these and other incidents where I have been at fault, I would like to apologize for being a clueless, selfish, unapologetic and defensive ass.”


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Recode Daily: Uber and out — Travis Kalanick resigned as CEO of the company he co-founded

Plus, we were in the room where it happened at the White House tech meeting, and Bob Dylan takes the most basic request.

Travis Kalanick resigned as CEO of Uber, the ride-hailing service that he helped found in 2009 and that he built into a transportation colossus, after a shareholder revolt made it untenable for him to stay on at the company. Several of Uber’s major investors demanded that Kalanick resign immediately. Just yesterday, Recode editor Kara Swisher wondered, can Kalanick be redeemed? [Recode]

Uber is finally adding the ability for passengers to tip drivers in its ride-hailing app; it’s part of the company’s promised “180 days of change,” which includes more features in support of drivers. Meanwhile, the company’s largely MIA co-founder said Uber has been too obsessed with growth and neglected parts of its culture. [Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]

More details emerged from Monday’s White House “tech week” meeting — as observed by Recode’s reporter, who was in the room where it happened: Apple CEO Tim Cook and President Trump discussed health care and immigration, Google talked AI and everyone on the Silicon Valley squad was interested in tax reform. Here’s a list of who was there — and video. [Tony Romm / Recode]

Amazon Prime is testing a try-before-you-buy option on up to 15 pieces of clothing at a time, with bigger discounts for customers the more they keep. Amazon took some cues from e-commerce startups like Stitch Fix and Bombfell when crafting the service, called Prime Wardrobe, which is in beta. [Jason Del Rey]

Due to an editing error, yesterday’s newsletter incorrectly said Stitch Fix had hired a new CEO; the company has hired a new CFO, Paul Yee. We regret the error.

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned due to investor pressure, and a search for a new leader is on

Benchmark, Fidelity and others demanded his resignation in a letter titled “Moving Uber Forward.”

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned in response to demands from key investors for a change in leadership, Recode has confirmed.

It’s about time.

Those investors include Benchmark, Fidelity and Menlo Ventures, all of which sent Kalanick a letter called “Moving Uber Forward” on Tuesday afternoon.

The car-hailing company will now be searching for a new leader to replace Kalanick, which should greatly widen the pool of candidates from its COO search — many of those people did not want to be the No. 2 to the volatile Kalanick.

In a statement Kalanick provided to The New York Times, he wrote “I love Uber more than anything in the world and at this difficult moment in my personal life I have accepted the investors’ request to step aside so that Uber can go back to building rather than be distracted with another fight.”

But Kalanick has yet to tell Uber employees about his departure, which seems to put a perfectly awful end point to his rocky tenure.

Uber confirmed the resignation, and the company’s board issued a statement. That board includes Benchmark’s Bill Gurley, who had grown weary of the growing range of troubles at the company, and of Kalanick. Kalanick’s supporters on the board included Arianna Huffington and Uber co-founder Garrett Camp.

Kalanick announced that he was taking a leave of absence last week, as the company revealed the findings of an investigation into what many call a toxic culture and a deeply dysfunctional management. Kalanick — who wrote in an email to staff announcing his leave that he intended to return to the company as “Travis 2.0” — will remain on the board of the company.

Many inside and outside the company did not agree with this move, noting the many legal and ethical messes that had been created under Kalanick’s leadership, and that he had not paid the price for them, and had become too radioactive to stay. (Recode argued that today, in fact.)


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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned


Following months of scandal at Uber and pressure from investors, CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick has stepped down from his position at the ridesharing company. While he will no longer head the $ 70 billion firm, Kalanick will remain on its board of directors. According to The New York Times, five of Uber’s major shareholders, including VC firm Benchmark’s partner Bill Gurley, demanded that Kalanick throw in the towel, in a letter addressed and delivered to him in Chicago. The letter from these investors also called for two now board members who should ideally be ‘truly independent directors’, as well as…

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Six members of president Trumps advisory council on HIV/AIDs have resigned

The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) is a body responsible for providing recommendations and information to the president, as well as overseeing the nation’s strategy for combatting the illness. On Friday, six members of the council resigned, writing in an op-ed published in Newsweek that they can no longer be effective under a “president who simply does not care.”

The letter was written by Scott Schoettes, who was joined by five other members: Lucy Bradley-Springer, Gina Brown, Ulysses Burley III, Michelle Ogle, and Grissel Granados. In the letter, he explains President Donald Trump’s administration hasn’t taken steps to formulate a strategy for combatting the illness, “and—most concerning—pushes legislation that will…

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The U.S. government’s patent chief has just resigned

Michelle Lee, seen as an ally to the tech industry, was expected to stick around at USPTO.

The leader of the U.S. government’s leading patent agency, Michelle Lee, has unexpectedly resigned from her post, according to multiple sources familiar with her plans.

Lee, a former lawyer for Google, took over the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office during the Obama administration, and many in the tech industry — which publicly supported her work — believed that President Donald Trump would renominate her to the critical government post.

But Lee instead informed the Commerce Department that she would be stepping down from the position. A spokesman for the agency did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment, nor did the White House. It is unclear if Lee is leaving government entirely or headed to another position.

Still, it could amount to a major blow for the tech industry. In April, a series of companies and their lobbying organizations — including Amazon, Facebook, Google, Samsung and others — publicly defended Lee’s tenure and asked Trump to renominate her for the agency.

“This is a critical time for the USPTO,” they wrote. “Patent quality, which had unfortunately been neglected for too long, is finally being recognized as critical to the strength and success of our patent system. We have been very pleased with the leadership of Director Lee, who has been committed to making sure that the USPTO creates the maximum economic benefit for American inventors and businesses.”

Lee also had her supporters in Congress — including California Rep. Darrell Issa, who previously said he had heard from the president that Lee would keep her job. In recent months, though, sources said that the Trump administration had started interviewing other potential candidates for the position.


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