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There are two recent stories about Travis Kalanick, the former chief executive and current board member of Uber Technologies Inc., that caught my eye.
The first, which appeared last Friday, reported that Kalanick planned to sell $1.4 billion worth of Uber stock—29 percent of his holdings—to Softbank Group Corp. as part of the Japanese tech investor’s move to acquire 15 percent of the company.
The second was Thursday’s explosive expose by Bloomberg Businessweek about a secret tool called Ripley that was used in 2015 and 2016 and allowed Uber executives in San Francisco to shut down the computers in any foreign Uber office. Ripley’s purpose, said the article, was to “thwart police raids.” It was used “at least two dozen times.”