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With Waymo Settlement, Uber CEO Clears the Way for Company’s Future

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It’s a paradox: How can paying a quarter of a billion dollars to a rival and issuing an apology be considered a win?

Carolyn Said | San Francisco Chronicle
February 13, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Uber Settles Waymo Driverless Car Suit, Said to Pay $245 Million

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Uber Technologies Inc. settled the high-stakes trade-secret theft lawsuit brought by Waymo, resolving a conflict that already cost the ride-hailing giant its top driverless car engineer and threatened to further embarrass the company.

Joel Rosenblatt | Bloomberg News
February 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Uber’s Kalanick: We Didn’t Hire Waymo Engineer to Steal Self-Driving Secrets

Travis Kalanick, co-founder and former CEO of Uber Technologies Inc., arrives at the Phillip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in San Francisco, Feb. 6, 2018. (Michael Short/Bloomberg News)

Travis Kalanick got some vindication in court on Feb. 7. Under friendly cross-examination by a lawyer for Uber — the ride-hailing company he co-founded and led until it ousted him last June — Kalanick got a chance to present himself as an earnest guy who loved his work, cared about the future and didn’t take illicit shortcuts as he competed aggressively in the race for self-driving cars.

Carolyn Said | San Francisco Chronicle
February 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Uber’s Kalanick Stays Calm on the Stand During Waymo Trade-Secrets Trial

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick (left) and Anthony Levandowski (right) co-founder of Otto, pose for a photo in the lobby of Uber headquarters, Aug. 18, 2016, in San Francisco. (Tony Avelar/ AP Photo);

Subdued. Calm. Compliant. Agreeable. Those adjectives aren’t typically associated with Travis Kalanick, Uber’s combative co-founder. But during 50 minutes on the witness stand in the Waymo vs. Uber trial on Feb. 6, a suit-and-tie-clad Kalanick kept his cool, meekly agreeing with most questions posed to him by Charles Verhoeven, Waymo’s lead attorney.

Carolyn Said | San Francisco Chronicle
February 7, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Waymo, Uber Trade Barbs in Court Over Trade-Secret Theft Suit

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Waymo and Uber lawyers squared off in a federal court on Feb. 5 on the first day of a bombshell trade-secret theft case.

Carolyn Said | San Francisco Chronicle
February 6, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

How Autonomous Trucks Could Lead to More Driving Jobs, Not Fewer

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Self-driving truck developer Uber Technologies Inc. predicts that transfer hubs for longhaul autonomous trucks will increase demand for local drivers, countering perceptions that automation will lead to widespread job losses in trucking.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
February 1, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Did Uber Hide Evidence? Judge in Self-Driving Trade Secrets Case Wants an Answer

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A U.S. district judge wants to determine why Uber failed to turn over some explosive evidence as it battled a lawsuit alleging it stole self-driving car secrets.

Carolyn Said | San Francisco Chronicle
December 6, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Uber’s Well-Paid ‘Whistle Blower’ Slammed by In-House Lawyer

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An Uber Technologies Inc. security manager who was paid $4.5 million over his termination was derided by one of the company’s top internal lawyers as a thief and “extortionist” who made “fantastical” allegations of unethical conduct inside the company.

Joel Rosenblatt | Bloomberg News
November 30, 2017
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Uber-Waymo Trial Delayed Again Following Allegations of Rogue Conduct at Uber

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An Uber Technologies Inc. whistleblower made explosive allegations that a company team stole trade secrets to gain an edge over rivals, prompting a judge to further delay the ride-hailing company’s trial with Waymo.

Joel Rosenblatt | Bloomberg News
November 28, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Uber Steps Up Driverless-Cars Push With Deal for 24,000 Volvos

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Uber Technologies Inc. agreed to buy 24,000 sport utility vehicles from Sweden’s Volvo Cars to form a fleet of driverless autos.

Elisabeth Behrmann | Bloomberg News
November 20, 2017

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