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As Mark Zuckerberg Tightens Grip on Facebook, 2 Top Deputies Leave

SAN FRANCISCO — Two of Facebook’s top executives — one regarded as the company’s No. 3, and the other the head of its WhatsApp messaging service — are leaving after disagreements with Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive, over the social network’s future direction.The differences stemmed from Mr. Zuckerberg’s asserting control over his company and its apps — Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger — by rolling out a plan to integrate the services into a single privacy-focused platform, according to six people involved in the situation.The change is a substantial shift for Facebook, which has traditionally encouraged people to publicly share posts, videos and photos. Executives at Facebook…

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Chief of Apple Stores Is Leaving After 5 Years in the Job

Angela Ahrendts, the former Burberry chief hired by Apple five years ago to oversee its stores, said Tuesday that she would leave the company in April.The departure is an unusual move for a top executive at Apple, which is facing retail challenges as sales in China have dropped and iPhone sales have turned sluggish.Ms. Ahrendts, 58, was one of Apple’s most prominent hires when the Silicon Valley company lured her from Burberry with an initial $73 million pay package in 2014. She had spent eight years as Burberry’s chief executive and was credited with expanding it into an international fashion brand.Over five years, Ms. Ahrendts was among…

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Snap Stems the Flood of Users Leaving Its App

SAN FRANCISCO — Snap lost millions of users last year after an unpopular redesign of Snapchat, its ephemeral-messaging app. Now that exodus appears to be slowing.The company said on Tuesday that it had stanched the flow of people leaving its platform. Snap’s daily active users totaled 186 million in the fourth quarter, the same as in the previous quarter and down just one million compared with a year earlier, after two consecutive quarters of falling user numbers. In addition, Snap’s revenue rose 36 percent to $390 million, while its net loss narrowed to $192 million.“Change is always difficult, and this past year was no exception,” Evan Spiegel,…

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Chip Giant Intel Picks Interim Leader as Permanent C.E.O. After Long Search

SAN FRANCISCO — The chip-making giant Intel ended a seven-month search for a new chief executive on Thursday by naming the man who was running the company on an interim basis as its permanent leader.Robert Swan, who was installed as interim chief executive in June, had been Intel’s chief financial officer since joining the company in 2016.Mr. Swan, 58, inherits a role that opened up suddenly when Brian Krzanich, a longtime Intel insider who ran the company for five years, was forced out over a past affair with an employee.Mr. Swan, who is well regarded on Wall Street, initially said he was not interested in becoming the…

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Intel Searches (and Searches) for a New C.E.O.

SAN FRANCISCO — Intel answered many questions from Wall Street Thursday, but not the one that has dogged the company for seven months: Who will become chief executive of the giant chip maker?The lengthy search, begun after Brian Krzanich was forced out in June for a past affair with a subordinate, illustrates the difficulty of finding a leader with the diverse skills needed to run one of Silicon Valley’s most complex companies.Intel, which hosted a conference call Thursday to discuss the financial results of its most recent quarter, said its directors were conducting the search with “a sense of urgency” but gave no timetable for a selection.“I…

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Tesla Names Larry Ellison and Kathleen Wilson-Thompson to Its Board

Tesla added Larry Ellison, executive chairman and founder of the software giant Oracle, and a senior executive at Walgreens Boots Alliance to its board of directors, fulfilling a key provision of a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission.The board added Mr. Ellison, who bought three million shares of Tesla stock earlier this year, and Kathleen Wilson-Thompson, who is in charge of human resources at Walgreens Boots Alliance, as independent directors on Thursday, the company said in a securities filing on Friday.Tesla stock closed up 5.6 percent on Friday after the company announced the appointments.In September, the S.E.C. required Tesla to add two independent board members and…

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G.M.’s President Will Take Over Its Self-Driving Effort

A top General Motors official is taking on a new role that underlines the auto industry’s intense push to develop and commercialize self-driving cars.The official, Dan Ammann, will give up the job of G.M. president and become chief executive of Cruise, the division working on autonomous vehicles, the company said Thursday.The move gives Cruise increased management heft as it prepares to start a driverless-ride service by the end of 2019. G.M. expects the service and other related businesses to expand rapidly, and Mr. Ammann said it could involve “trillions” of self-driving cars in the future.“This is technology that we wanted to develop and deploy in massive scale,…

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Google Cloud Executive Who Sought Pentagon Contract Steps Down

SAN FRANCISCO — Diane Greene, whose pursuit of Pentagon contracts for artificial intelligence technology sparked a worker uprising at Google, is stepping down as chief executive of the company’s cloud computing business.Ms. Greene said she would stay on as chief executive until January. She will be replaced by Thomas Kurian, who oversaw product development at Oracle until his resignation in October. Ms. Greene will remain a board director at Google’s parent company, Alphabet.The change in leadership caps a turbulent three years for Ms. Greene, who was brought on to expand Google’s cloud computing business. Google Cloud has struggled to make major inroads in persuading corporate customers to…

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Mark Zuckerberg Defends Facebook as Furor Over Its Tactics Grows

WASHINGTON — On Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive and chairman, held a conference call with reporters to discuss how the social network manages problematic posts and its community standards.The call quickly went sideways. For more than an hour, the 34-year-old billionaire instead fielded questions about how he and his No. 2, Sheryl Sandberg, obfuscated problems such as Russian interference on Facebook and how the company had gone on the attack against rivals and critics. In response, Mr. Zuckerberg — at times defiant and at times conciliatory — defended the social network, Ms. Sandberg and his own record.“The reality of running a company of more than 10,000…

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Barry Rand, Barrier-Breaking Chief Executive, Is Dead at 74

Barry Rand, who in 1999 became one of the few African-American chief executives of a Fortune 500 company when he took control of Avis, the rental car company, after being passed over for the top job at Xerox, died on Nov. 7 in an assisted living facility in Norwalk, Conn. He was 74.His wife, Donna Rand, said the cause was Alzheimer’s disease.Running a major corporation was a critical goal for Mr. Rand. He had spent 30 years at Xerox, rising to executive vice president of operations while developing a reputation as a strong salesman and motivator who helped build a highly diverse workplace.But despite Mr. Rand’s determination…

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