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|:31||TM||Let's start with a few tech things you should know...|
|SL||On day 5 of the Waymo Uber trial, the two companies settled their disagreement out of court. The trial has been dismissed. Uber agreed to pay Waymo 0.34% of its equity and not incorporate any Waymo confidential information into Uber hardware and software. We'll be discussing this more a little later in the show.||https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/02/waymo-and-uber-end-trial-with-sudden-244-million-settlement/|
|SHA||VLC 3.0 has arrived for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Android TV, Apple TV, and Chrome OS. VLC 3.0 brings support for 4k and 8k decoding with less CPU consumption, 360-degree videos, direct HDR and Chromecast discovery. They've also introduced support for HiDPI on Windows 10 as well as bluray disk menus, though decryption has to happen outside of VLC. 3.0 launches today and can be downloaded directly from the app store, play store, and via videolan.org.||https://venturebeat.com/2018/02/09/vlc-3-0-arrives-for-windows-macos-linux-android-ios-android-tv-apple-tv-and-chrome-os/|
|tm||Didi Chuxing and Softbank are partnering on a ride-hailing company in Japan later this year. In Japan, ride-hailing services can only match riders with professional drivers. Didi and Softbank's service will use Didi's deep learning system and roll out in Osaka, Kyoto, Fukuoka and Tokyo.||https://www.reuters.com/article/us-didi-chuxing-softbank-japan/chinas-didi-softbank-target-japan-in-taxi-hailing-push-idUSKBN1FT08L|
|sl||In the wake of Nest merging back into Google, Nest co-founder and chief product officer Matt Rogers announced he's leaving the company. Rogers said he wants to "dedicate more of my time to Incite.org, as well as to start thinking about the next adventure."||https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/8/16993058/nest-matt-rogers-co-founder-leaving-google-smart-home-chief-product-officer|
|:32||Let's talk a little more about...|
|SHA||Beginning in July Google Chrome version 68 will no longer have a neutral marker for sites without https. Instead sites will be marked secure if they have https support and otherwise be marked not secure.||https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/8/16991254/chrome-not-secure-marked-http-encryption-ssl|
|sl||Facebook is testing a "downvote" option on comments to public page posts in the US. Facebook says it's for feedback purposes only and it won't display downvote counts or use it to affect ranking. Downvote options include “Offensive”, “Misleading”, and “Off Topic”.||https://www.iafrikan.com/2018/02/09/facebook-confirms-its-testing-a-feature-for-users-to-give-feedback-on-public-posts/|
|tm||Scientists at Newcastle University in the UK have discovered a different form of 3D vision that may be easier to implement in robotics. First they used beeswax to put tiny 3D glasses on praying mantises. They found that mantises track the change in relative position of a moving object to each eye in order to create stereo vision. Humans use differences in multiple details. Because it's a simpler system that can be handled by a mantis's less complex brain, it would require much less computation power for robots.||https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/09/researchers-discovered-a-new-kind-of-stereo-vision-by-putting-tiny-3d-glasses-on-mantises/?ncid=rss|
|sl||The Wall Street Journal reports its sources say Amazon is launching its shipping service for business in LA in the coming weeks. Shipping with Amazon will be available for companies selling goods on the Amazon Marketplace. Amazon has tested the program in places like London and the Wall Street Journal says Amazon hopes to expand it to multiple cities this year. Amazon is also laying off a few hundred employees as it's corporate headquarters in Seattle and elsewhere, focused on the consumer retail business. Amazon has hired up from 5,000 employees in 2010 to more than 40,000 now.||https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/9/16994512/amazon-shipping-service-swa-launching-soon|
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|:45||Waymo accepts $245 million and Uber's 'regret' to settle self-driving car dispute||https://www.reuters.com/article/us-alphabet-uber-trial/waymo-accepts-245-million-and-ubers-regret-to-settle-self-driving-car-dispute-idUSKBN1FT2BA?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews|
|Waymo and Uber reach a surprise settlement - The Verge||https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/9/16995254/waymo-uber-lawsuit-trial-settlement|
|The battle of the damning emails begins with Waymo v. Uber opening statements - The Verge||https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/5/16975878/waymo-v-uber-trial-opening-statements-travis-kalanick-emails|
|Uber is pressuring one of its top executives to comply with Alphabet’s lawsuit - Recode||https://www.recode.net/2017/5/19/15662730/uber-alphabet-self-driving-lawsuit-firing|
|The Uber-Waymo trial starts today — here’s what you need to know - The Verge||https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/5/16955312/uber-waymo-trial-self-driving-cars-preview|
|Uber and Waymo are finally going to trial [Video]||https://finance.yahoo.com/news/uber-waymo-finally-going-trial-care-202321636.html|
|Uber and Waymo Reach Settlement | Uber Newsroom||https://www.uber.com/newsroom/uber-waymo-settlement/?utm_term=weKwQXU2ZVkSVQcSFqwecWRjUkj0S4WxQW9z080&adg_id=218769&cid=10078&utm_campaign=affiliate-ir-Skimbit%20Ltd._1_-99_national_D_all_ACQ_cpa_en&utm_content=&utm_source=affiliate-ir|
|How we got here|
- Anthonly Levandowski worked for Google's self-driving car effort that later became Waymo.
- Levandowski allegedly took more than 14,000 confidential files in December 2015 - a simple engeineer checking out his own code? Or a nefarious plot to steal trade secrets? Were they even trade secrets? The jury was to decide.
- Uber executives met with Levandowski January 14, 2016. Just an employee seeking potential change of employment or a dastardly scheme to rip off Google and sell to the highest bidder? Again Jury was to decide.
- Levandowski founded 280 Systems (later to become Otto) January 15, 2016.
- Levandowski quit Google without notice on January 27, 2016.
- Uber acquired Otto in August 2016. It denies it ever received any of Waymo's trade secrets from Levandowski
- December 13, 2016, a Waymo employee is inadvertently copied on an email from a third-party vendor that includes Machine drawings of Uber's lidar circuit board.
- Waymo sued Uber February 23, 2017
- Levandowski was fired in May 2017 after he declined to waive his 5th Ammendment rights.
- Travis Kalanick stepped down as CEO in June 2017, then stepped down as Board Chairman
- Trial began Feb.5, 2018.
- Announced by Judge Alsup shortly before 5th day of testimony was set to begin. Case is now dismissed.
- Levandowski had been scheduled to take the stand on Monday.
- Uber will give Waymo 0.34% of its equity, worth about $245 million right now. (This in addition to a previous investment in Uber made in 2013)
- Uber Promises “to ensure that any Waymo confidential information is not being incorporated in Uber Advanced Technologies Group hardware and software.”
- CEO Kosroshawhi said “While we do not believe that any trade secrets made their way from Waymo to Uber, nor do we believe that Uber has used any of Waymo’s proprietary information in its self-driving technology, we are taking steps with Waymo to ensure our Lidar and software represents just our good work.”
The U.S. Department of Justice is conducting a separate, criminal investigation into the trade secrets.
Due diligence when acquiring startups. Companies will need to improve processes involved with acquiring start ups so they aren't suspected of stealing intellectual property. Start up culture of states like California: will a hiring department still be interested in hiring potential employees from a competitor if they run the risk of trade secret lawsuits?
Security implications of intellectual property and acquisition of not only employees, but the software / data they've had access to.
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|:56||sl||Thing of the day:|
|Lyft launched a program last year called round up and donate. The idea is you round up the cost of your Lyft ride to the nearest dollar. To participate, riders need to opt in in their settings on the Lyft app. Riders also get to chose which causes to support. Lyft just announced it has added Black Girls Code to the list. Other options include SickKids Foundation, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, Chicago Public Schools New Chance Fund, the ACLU, The World Wildlife Foundation, the Human Rights Campaign, the USO, Habitat for Humanity and Girls Who Code.||https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/09/lyft-partners-with-black-girls-code-to-help-develop-a-more-diverse-tech-industry/?ncid=rss|
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