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.@JigsawTeam launches Protect Your Election - defense against digital attacks around elections
Jigsaw, a Google entity, launches "...Protect Your Election, a suite of free tools to help defend against common types of digital attacks over the coming months. These tools can help protect news organizations, human rights groups, and election monitoring sites — organizations whose work is particularly critical before and during elections — from online threats like DDoS attacks, phishing and attempts to break into people’s private accounts." Check out Protect Your Election here: https://protectyourelection.withgoogle.com/intl/en/
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23 hours ago by dmcdev
The Uber bombshell about to drop • Daniel With Music
Daniel Compton:
<p>In the last few weeks Alphabet <a href="https://medium.com/waymo/a-note-on-our-lawsuit-against-otto-and-uber-86f4f98902a1#.vd51cmjdf">filed a lawsuit</a> against Uber. Alphabet and Waymo (Alphabet’s self-driving car company) allege that Anthony Levandowski, an ex-Waymo manager, stole confidential and proprietary information from Waymo, then used it in his own self-driving truck startup, Otto. Uber acquired Otto in August 2016, so the suit was filed against Uber, not Otto.

This alone is a fairly explosive claim, but the subtext of Alphabet’s filing is an even bigger bombshell. Reading between the lines, (in my opinion) Alphabet is implying that Mr Levandowski arranged with Uber to:

• Steal LiDAR and other self-driving component designs from Waymo
• Start Otto as a plausible corporate vehicle for developing the self-driving technology
• Acquire Otto for $680 million
• Below, I’ll present the timeline of events, my interpretation, and some speculation on a possible (bad) outcome for Uber. </p>


It's quite an interpretation. (Also, legal things tend not to go with bombshells. They're more like super-slow burners.) One suspect it isn't going to be that bad, but Uber could find itself a few years behind rivals if things go badly. Still, it has a ton of money which it can use to get through the hard times.
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9 days ago by charlesarthur
The Uber Bombshell About to Drop
Alphabet's IP theft allegations regarding Waymo, Otto and Anthony Levandowski are pretty hardcore
alphabet  google  uber  lawsuits  ip  waymo 
9 days ago by jm
Potential Uber bombshell
Detailed speculation on the nature of Google's case about intellectual property theft
google  uber  waymo  alphabet  levandowski  via:metafilter 
10 days ago by nelson

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