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Engineer who stole trade secrets from Google among those pardoned by Trump

Sign up for the Guardian’s First Thing newsletter In his final hours of office, Donald Trump pardoned a former Google engineer who was convicted of stealing trade secrets from the company before taking up a new role with competitor Uber. Anthony Levandowski, 40, had been sentenced in August 2020 to 18 months in prison after…
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January 21, 2021 0

‘Peak hype’: why the driverless car revolution has stalled

By 2021, according to various Silicon Valley luminaries, bandwagoning politicians and leading cab firms in recent years, self-driving cars would have long been crossing the US, started filing along Britain’s motorways and be all set to provide robotaxis in London. 1 January has not, however, brought a driverless revolution. Indeed in the last weeks of…
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January 3, 2021 0

Covid: Sunak mulls tougher VAT rules for Uber drivers and Airbnb landlords

Rishi Sunak is considering toughening up VAT rules for the Uber drivers and Airbnb landlords central to the rapidly expanding sharing economy as the Treasury considers ways of repairing the damage to the public finances caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The chancellor has taken the first steps towards increasing the government’s VAT revenues with the…
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December 9, 2020 0

Uber sells loss-making flying taxi division to Joby Aviation

Uber has sold its loss-making flying taxi division, Elevate, to a Californian startup as it abandons costly side projects in an attempt to turn a profit next year. The sale to Joby Aviation, announced late on Tuesday, comes a day after Uber ditched ambitions to develop its own self-driving car and sold its autonomous vehicle…
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December 9, 2020 0

Uber ditches effort to develop own self-driving car

Uber has ditched efforts to develop its own self-driving car with the multibillion-dollar sale of its driverless car division to a Silicon Valley startup. The ride-hailing company is selling the business, known as Advanced Technologies Group (ATG), for a reported $4bn (£3bn) to Aurora, a start-up that makes sensors and software for autonomous vehicles and…
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December 8, 2020 0

Big tech threw $200m at a ballot measure to hurt gig economy workers. And they won | Ross Barkan

One of the darker outcomes of 21st-century work life has been the predatory gig economy. Divorced from healthcare benefits and regular pay, millions of workers are told they are supposed to be lucky to drive passengers around in a car for ever-diminishing returns. Last week, there was hope that Proposition 22, a ballot measure that…
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November 13, 2020 0