Controversies and calamities
"House of Cars: Uber's collapse has been stunning to watch," admits FiveThirtyEight's Chadwick Matlin, as Day 2 of the Uber saga dawns. A footnote from yesterday's stories spawns an all-out BuzzFeed investigation into its top New York executive for privacy violations (2,000+ shares). "But wait, there's more: Uber has a 'God View:' that execs have used to track users' rides," Wall Street Journal's Scott Thurm expounds. "No one, especially journalists, should ride with Uber again. I mean, we had reasons before, but now this, too," cautions Jamil Smith at MSNBC. Then an internal presentation got leaked to Business Insider's Alyson Shontell revealing what Uber really prizes in its employees: fierceness and super pumpedness. "If you didn't delete Uber from your phone yet, this story -- and that deleted tweet -- will push you mighty close," TechCrunch's Jon Russell predicts. So, does Uber have an enemy list?
Ta-Nehisi Coates with The Atlantic enters a very different fray by arguing the rape accusations against Bill Cosby must not be ignored. "Believing Cosby doesn't require you take 1 person's word over another. Requires taking 1 person's word over 15 others," Coates tweets. High praise from Glenn Greenwald: "Typically brave & insightful self-examination by @tanehisicoates on his great (but incomplete) 2008 Bill Cosby essay." Former model Janice Dickinson has also just stepped forward to join the ranks of Cosby's public accusers.
As snowstorms and low temperatures blast over half the U.S., a driver stranded somewhere in upstate New York calls up Mashable to detail how he's been buried in snow on a highway for 24 hours. (Update: He's been rescued!)
Final items: Greenspan couldn’t control long-term interest rates. Can Yellen? In a surprise move reported by Bloomberg News, Russian president Putin seems to be backing a crackdown on corruption that would reduce the bureaucratic bullying of businesses. "Putin will decree an end to corruption to counterbalance effect of sanctions, BBG says (without laughing, admirably)," Fortune's Geoffrey Smith reacts. Plus, the New York Times raises questions about Al Sharpton’s finances.