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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

What can Biden do to reverse Trump’s assault on labor rights?

Soon after Joe Biden is inaugurated as the next US president, he is expected to take several strong steps on the labor front aimed at reversing or remedying the policies of Donald Trump – who promised workers a lot and delivered little. But Biden’s number one priority will be to tackle the issues left in…
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January 9, 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

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

Uber bought itself a law. Here’s why that’s dangerous for struggling drivers like me | Cherri Murphy

Last week, Uber bought itself a law. Along with Lyft, Instacart, DoorDash and Postmates, app companies spent more than $200m – the most spent on any ballot campaign in US history – to bankroll Proposition 22 in California. With its passage, the law will now exempt drivers like me from basic protections afforded to most…
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November 12, 2020 0