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Uber traded a tech audit to lower its Waymo settlement

Uber traded a tech audit to lower its Waymo settlement

Uber has conceded to allowing an independent audit on its autonomous car technology, it's reported, as part of its lawsuit settlement with Waymo. The two companies reached an agreement to end the lawsuit today, having spent already several days in court. Uber will avoid a jury verdict as a result, but there were apparently fierce wranglings over just what the ride-sharing firm was willing to allow.

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Uber v. Waymo driverless car case ends in settlement

Uber v. Waymo driverless car case ends in settlement

Uber v. Waymo has been settled, with Uber ending its autonomous car rival's lawsuit by coughing up an equity stake as mea culpa. The case had already begun to be heard in court this week, with Alphabet-owned Waymo alleging that Uber had misappropriated driverless car tech secrets when it brought a former Google engineer onboard to lead its autonomous vehicle team.

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Waymo v. Uber trial opens and the sparks are already flying

Waymo v. Uber trial opens and the sparks are already flying

"Uber is cheating" is the simple reason Waymo has spent the past twelve months suing its autonomous car rival, Waymo lawyer Charles Verhoevan told the court as the much-anticipated case ends day one in California. Alphabet-owned Waymo, the self-driving car company spun out of Google's X moonshot division, filed suit against ride-sharing firm Uber in February 2017. Today, its legal team had its first moment in the courtroom.

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Alphabet’s X just birthed Chronicle, and it wants to fix cybersecurity

Alphabet’s X just birthed Chronicle, and it wants to fix cybersecurity

Alphabet has announced the launch of a new independent security business called Chronicle. The business arose in Alphabet's "moonshot factory" X, the same one responsible for Project Loon and its Internet balloons. Chronicle is composed of two parts, ultimately helping companies deal with cyberattacks before they become an issue. The business is said to be "inspired by Google's own security techniques."

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Google could turn the next Pixel’s touchscreen into a speaker

Google could turn the next Pixel’s touchscreen into a speaker

Google has snapped up the tech to make full-screen smartphones without an iPhone X style notch, using the touchscreen itself as a speaker. As phone manufacturers hunt ways to make even greater percentages of the front of their devices display, the trend has forced some creative thinking around how to accommodate the other components that would traditionally be found in the bezels.

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Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt just stepped down

Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt just stepped down

Eric Schmidt just stepped down as executive chairman of Alphabet after 17 years of service to the company. These 17 years of service were to Google, which was what Alphabet is now. Schmidt will continue to roll with the company in a different role: Technical Advisor. "Larry, Sergey, Sundar and I all believe that the time is right in Alphabet’s evolution for this transition," said Schmidt. "The Alphabet structure is working well, and Google and the Other Bets are thriving."

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YouTube Remix on-demand music Spotify rival leaks

YouTube Remix on-demand music Spotify rival leaks

YouTube is preparing to make yet another attempt at getting music fans to pay for streaming, with a new service in the works to try to coax better revenues from the video site. The company has made several attempts over the past 5-6 years to better monetize its content, most recently focusing on videos - including music, but not limited to that - which it offers ad-free to subscribers of YouTube Red.

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Waymo driverless taxis in pipeline as safety driver ditched

Waymo driverless taxis in pipeline as safety driver ditched

Waymo is beginning completely driver-free testing of its autonomous cars, removing the safety human ahead of a new Waymo driverless service launching. The company announced the move today, after more than eight years of trials on public roads. Until now, those trials have always seen a backup driver ready to take over at the wheel, should something go awry.

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Alphabet sends Sidewalk to Toronto to build a smart neighborhood

Alphabet sends Sidewalk to Toronto to build a smart neighborhood

Alphabet's own Sidewalk Labs responded to a request for proposals from Waterfront Toronto, Canada, for innovation and funding partners for Eastern Waterfront. After a "rigorous evaluation process," leadership at Waterfront Toronto selected Sidewalk Labs to develop the area known as Quayside. Now Alphabet's company will begin to create a neighborhood of their own.

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Project Loon LTE balloons restore some communications in Puerto Rico

Project Loon LTE balloons restore some communications in Puerto Rico

Alphabet's Project Loon has brought basic communications back to parts of Puerto Rico for individuals who have LTE phones. The communications are being made possible by Project Loon's balloons; they're currently giving people access to the Internet and text messaging in parts of the island hit hardest by Hurricane Maria. The team has been working with a variety of groups to make this possible, including the FAA and FCC.

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Lyft just got an absurd amount of money from Alphabet

Lyft just got an absurd amount of money from Alphabet

That Google parent company Alphabet has a ridiculous amount of money at its disposal isn't exactly a shocking realization for anyone. Today we're seeing Alphabet throw some of that money around by investing a truly eye-watering amount into ride-sharing service Lyft. Such a huge investment could give Lyft the leg-up it needs to really take the fight to Uber.

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Waymo’s self-driving Safety Report is all about reassuring passengers

Waymo’s self-driving Safety Report is all about reassuring passengers

Waymo, the Alphabet business working on autonomous cars, has released its first safety report, a recap of 3.5m miles of on-road activity. Intended to reassure potential passengers - and wary regulators - that self-driving vehicles are "safer by design," the report covers everything from incidents through to backup systems. It also digs into what sort of interactions with a driverless vehicle passengers might expect.

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