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Google’s Research Manager Resigns After Firings Over Company’s Diversity Practices

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Google’s Research Manager, Samy Bengio has resigned following the firing of two employees who questioned the tech company’s diversity practices.

Bengio’s resignation comes after the departure of Timnit Gebru and Margaret Mitchell, two high-profile AI researchers. Gebru was fired in December 2020 after she questioned management after a disagreement about a research paper she co-wrote on Google’s algorithmic bias. Google has since said that Gebru wasn’t fired and resigned.

Mitchell was fired soon after Gebru after “multiple violations,” but Michell said on Twitter she was trying “to raise concerns about gender & race equality and speak up about Google’s firing of Dr. Gebru.


According to The Hill, both Mitchell and Gebru worked under Bengio, who had been at the tech giant since 2007 and was one of the few people who had been employed for more than a decade at Google.

“This is one of the most difficult emails I can think of sending to all of you: I have decided to leave Google in order to pursue other exciting opportunities,” Bengio wrote in an email to his Google research team according to CNBC. “There’s no doubt that leaving this wonderful team is really difficult.”

Bengio’s last day will be April 28.

When Gebru, a well-known advocate for diversity in the tech industry was fired, Bengio showed support in a Facebook post saying “I stand by you, Timnit, I also stand by the rest of my team, who, like me, was stunned and is trying to make sense of all this.”

Google CEO Sundar Pichai apologized for the controversy, but not for firing Gebru or Mitchell. Pichai vowed to investigate the incident after industry and companywide outrage. In February, Google announced changes to its diversity and research policies. However, many found that unacceptable.

An HBCU recruiting firm ended its relationship with Google, other researchers turned down funding from the tech giant, and other employees have since left the company.

Lyron Foster is a Hawaii based African American Musician, Author, Actor, Blogger, Filmmaker, Philanthropist and Multinational Serial Tech Entrepreneur.

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Dwayne Wade Purchases Ownership Stake in Utah Jazz; Plans to Use Opportunity to Expand Impact

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NBA superstar Dwayne Wade has purchased a minority ownership stake in the Utah Jazz. The retired Miami Heat guard is expanding his basketball legacy beyond the court.

“Proud and excited to become a part of the Utah Jazz family with Ryan Smith and the rest of the amazing ownership team,” Wade posted on Instagram. “As a businessman, entrepreneur, and investor, I bring a lot to this partnership outside of my basketball experience. I’m excited to help take the Utah Jazz to the next level.”

Dwayne Wade Joins the Utah Jazz Ownership Team

Last year, tech billionaire Ryan Smith and his wife Ashley purchased a majority stake in the Utah Jazz. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Smith purchased the franchise for $1.66 billion. Smith spoke to Wade about the opportunity to join the team’s ownership group. Wade believed it was a perfect match and agreed to the deal.

“As we continue to build on the incredible legacy of the Utah Jazz franchise, we are excited to add Dwayne’s experience and expertise to the equation,” Smith said in a statement.” Utah is an amazing place and I couldn’t be more thrilled about the future of the franchise and the future of this state. Dwyane’s influence will be important to both.”

In 2019, Wade retired from the NBA after a 16-year playing career. Although he spent the majority of his career with the Miami Heat, he also played for the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers. The three-time NBA champion and 13-time NBA All-Star is now focused on opportunities that will allow him to go beyond himself. At the same time, he’s staying true to his love for the Miami Heat.

“The respect I that I have for that [Heat] organization will not go anywhere, the love that I have for the [Heat] fans — that goes nowhere,” Wade told ESPN. “But this is about the next phase of my life as an investor, a businessman, an entrepreneur. For me, this is an opportunity to grow.”

Dwayne Wade Plans to Expand Community Impact

Wade joins a list of other retired basketball legends who have NBA ownership stakes. His childhood role model, Michael Jordan, is a majority owner in the Charlotte Hornets. Jordan played an influential role in what Wade defined as possible. Now, he aspires to expose more youth to opportunities beyond what they see in their neighborhoods.

Wade grew up on the south side of Chicago. After his parents divorced, he lived with his father in Robins, Illinois. He’s witnessed a lot of black men fall due to a lack of support and guidance. Wade plans to use this opportunity to support more underrepresented youth, including providing scholarships. Jazz owner Ryan Smith is known for granting scholarships. Wade knows that his Utah Jazz ownership stake will have an impact beyond the court.

“I’m a living example that fairytales do come true,” he shared with The Salt Lake Tribune. “I’m excited about what this not only does for the NBA, but what it does for the little boys and girls out there that look like myself.”

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Best Stocks To Buy Now? 4 Cyclical Stocks To Consider

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Today is Malbec World Day. This is how it is celebrated in Mexico

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Wines of Argentina celebrates the eleventh edition of Malbec World Day with a Mexico online store. The festivities run from April 15 to May 15.

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