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Uber engineer told to comply with Waymo lawsuit or risk being fired

Uber engineer told to comply with Waymo lawsuit or risk being fired

As the ongoing trade secrets lawsuit between Google's Waymo and Uber continues to heat up, the ride-sharing company has threatened to fire one of its top engineers if he doesn't cooperate with court orders. Anthony Levandowski is currently an employee on Uber's self-driving car efforts, but before that he was a technology lead at Waymo, similarly developing autonomous vehicle tech. Now he's at the center of the lawsuit and is being accused of stealing confidential information and taking it with him to Uber.

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Uber integrates Transit app to give users public transportation details

Uber integrates Transit app to give users public transportation details

Uber has announced a new app integration with Transit, enabling it to offer transportation options for public transport systems like local trains and buses. The idea here is that if you're in the city and taking an Uber car somewhere, you're probably only going to use it for part of your overall trip, which may include something like using an Uber to get from your home to the train station, then taking the train for the longest portion of the trip.

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Uber vs Waymo sent to DOJ for possible criminal case

Uber vs Waymo sent to DOJ for possible criminal case

Things don't seem to be going Uber's way of late. And we're not just talking about gender-related controversies. San Francisco District Judge William Alsup as issued a ruling that rejected Uber's attempt to take the matter behind closed doors. He has sent the lawsuit to the Department of Justice to investigate whether there was indeed a case of trade secret theft. Unless it catches a break, it will see its self-driving ambitions dashed even before they could take root.

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Waymo says Uber made “cover up scheme” to steal self-driving car tech

Waymo says Uber made “cover up scheme” to steal self-driving car tech

In a legal battle between Alphabet's Waymo (previously under Google) and Uber is raging in California. Revelations today suggest that Uber may have given a former Waymo engineer Anthony Levandowski $250-million in stock options in exchange for a massive amount of data (9.7GB, according to Waymo outside attorney Charles Verhoeven) essentially stolen from Waymo computers. Of course it's not all that simple - there's another company in between Waymo and Uber, but Google suggests that the company in question was created only to act as a shell to cover Levandowki's tracks.

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It’s getting easier to #DeleteUber

It’s getting easier to #DeleteUber

It's going to get easier to delete your Uber account and all the data associated with it, as the ride-sharing firm finally updates one of its more controversial aspects. The service repeatedly made headlines over the past few months, in no small part down to the behavior - and political side-projects - of Uber founder Travis Kalanick. It even spawned a campaign of account deletions, at which point users realized that, while it was easy to get started with Uber, extricating yourself from their databases was a whole lot trickier.

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Uber’s self-driving expert off project amid Waymo lawsuit

Uber’s self-driving expert off project amid Waymo lawsuit

Uber's self-driving car lead has been put on the back-burner for LIDAR development, amid accusations from Alphabet's Waymo that he stole secrets about the technology. Anthony Levandowski has been head of the Advanced Technologies group at the ride-sharing firm since his startup Otto was acquired by Uber in July 2016. However, his time there hasn't been straightforward.

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Uber will start testing flying cars in the next 3 years

Uber will start testing flying cars in the next 3 years

This past September, an Uber executive revealed that the company was entertaining the idea of launching some type of flying vehicle that could enable it to transport customers in the sky rather than on the road. The flying vehicles would be of the VTOL variety -- that is, they would be aerial vehicles that take off and land vertically. Now the company has revealed that it will begin testing such 'flying cars' within the next three years, and that the testing will, at least, take place in Dallas-Forth Worth and Dubai.

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Unroll.Me reminds me how to quick-check my privacy

Unroll.Me reminds me how to quick-check my privacy

The folks at Unroll.Me are in hot water for selling user data to Uber this week - but as they are, I'm reminded to do a check. "Check yourself before your data gets sold to Uber" - that's as good credo for the modern digital person. While it does not appear that Unroll.Me really sold any personal data to Uber, the angry mob has spoken. If you're going to sell user data to 3rd-party companies, you need to make that clear in the user agreement nobody reads anyway!

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Uber tracked iPhones even after wiping, until Cook stopped it

Uber tracked iPhones even after wiping, until Cook stopped it

Once considered a darling and pioneer of the still nascent ride-hailing industry, Uber has quickly become the villain of a still ongoing drarma. It's the typical story of a successful company willing to do anything and everything to stay that the top, even when that means breaking the rules. And break the rules Uber did, according to this new report. Uber has allegedly been "fingerprinting" iPhones, identifying them even after they have been fully erased. It was a gross violation of Apple's privacy policies and a practice that went on for almost a year until Apple CEO Tim Cook put a stop to it.

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Apple threatened Uber with iPhone ban over privacy cheat

Apple threatened Uber with iPhone ban over privacy cheat

Controversial tech exec Travis Kalanick was forced into a face-off with Tim Cook, a new profile of the Uber founder claims, after Apple discovered the ridesharing app had flouted privacy rules. Kalanick's company has repeatedly made headlines over the past year for a number of reasons, ranging from frustrated drivers, arguments with city administrators and legacy cab firms, over-ambitious autonomous car testing, and allegations of harassment in the workplace. Indeed, Kalanick's ambition almost saw him lose his entire iPhone audience.

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Uber no longer allows restaurants to use UberRush for food delivery

Uber no longer allows restaurants to use UberRush for food delivery

While Uber's main business is its ride-sharing service, the last few years have seen the company develop several additional platforms, including the courier delivery service UberRush. Operating in several large cities like New York, San Francisco, and Chicago, UberRush is designed for users to hire someone to pickup and deliver items, such as packages, local online orders, and even food. Now, however, Uber says restaurants will need to switch to using UberEats, as UberRush is being scaled back and streamlined.

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Uber hit with nationwide ban in Italy

Uber hit with nationwide ban in Italy

2017 continues to be a very bad year for Uber. After ongoing evidence of the company's systematic harassment of women employees, the discovery of a tool used to evade law enforcement, and a damning lawsuit from Google, the ride-hailing service has now been handed a nationwide ban in Italy. A court in Rome has ruled that Uber's service amounts to "unfair competition" for the local taxi industry, and that all operations must be ceased.

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