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Transportation weekly: Nuro dreams of autonomous lattes, what is a metamaterial, Volvo takes the wheel

Welcome back to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. We love the reader feedback. Keep it coming. Never heard of TechCrunch’s Transportation Weekly? Read the first edition here.  As I’ve written before, consider this a soft launch. Follow me on Twitter @kirstenkorosec to ensure you see it each week. An email subscription is coming! This week, we’re shoving as much transportation news, tidbits and insights in here as possible in ho...
Tags: Automotive, Transportation, Alex Roy, Alphabet, Anthony Levandowski, Artificial Intelligence, ATG, Audi, Aurora, Bill Gates, Charlotte, Columbus, Devin Coldewey, Electric Vehicles, Elon Musk, Ford


Accountants Hate Him: Man Admits to Tricking Google and Facebook in $100 Million Scam

A Lithuanian man faces up to 30 years in prison after admitting to his role in a scheme that bilked Google and Facebook out of $121 million, .Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, Scams, Phishing, Alphabet


AI experts are studying the way that kids' brains develop, and it could be a game-changer for the technology (GOOG, GOOGL)

Computer scientists developing artificial intelligence want their technology to be more like a child's brain. Children's brains are great at collecting information and learning from cues in the world around around them, something that AI systems struggle with. A cognitive development expert, along with AI specialists from Alphabet's DeepMind and Stanford discussed how a better understanding of the child's brain could provide the blueprint for the next generation of AI.  STANFORD, California —...
Tags: Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg, Stanford, New York City, Trends, Phil Libin, Alphabet, Deepmind, Demis Hassabis, Manning, Chris Manning, Alison Gopnik, Stanford California, Hassabis, Gopnik, University of California Berkeley Nor


Google Seeking To Promote Rivals To Stave Off EU Antitrust Action

Google is trying to boost price comparison rivals such as Kelkoo in an effort to appease European Union antitrust regulators and ward off fresh fines following a $2.7 billion penalty nearly two years ago. "The European Commission said Alphabet unit Google had used its search engine market power to unfairly promote its own comparison shopping service," reports Reuters. From the report: The company subsequently offered to allow price-comparison rivals to bid for advertising space at the top of a s...
Tags: Google, Tech, European Union, European Commission, Alphabet, Reuters, Germany France, Kelkoo, EU Antitrust Action, Netherlands EU


Lyft’s imminent IPO could value the company at $23B

Ridehailing firm Lyft will make its Nasdaq debut as early as next week at a valuation of up to $23 billion, The Wall Street Journal . The business will reportedly price its shares at between $62 and $68 a piece, raising roughly $2 billion in the process. With a $600 million financing, Lyft was valued at $15.1 billion in June. Lyft filed paperwork for an initial public offering in December, mere hours before its competitor Uber did the same. The car-sharing behemoths have been in a race to th...
Tags: TC, Lyft, Uber, Ipo, San Francisco, Tech, General-motors, Companies, Transport, Fidelity, The Wall Street Journal, Andreessen Horowitz, Rakuten, Initial Public Offering, Online Marketplaces, Alphabet


Passbase is building a full stack identity engine with privacy baked in

Digital identity startup Passbase has bagged $600k in pre-seed funding led by a group of business angel investors from Alphabet, Stanford, Kleiner Perkins, EY; as well as seed fund investment from Chicago-based Upheaval Investments and Seedcamp. The 2018-founded Silicon Valley-based startup — whose co-founder we chatted to briefly on camera at Disrupt Berlin — is building what it dubs an “identity engine” to simplify identity verification online. Passbase offers a set of SDKs to developers to...
Tags: Apple, Security, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Apps, Europe, Privacy, Identity, Identity Management, Stanford, US, Tech, Authentication, Chicago, Silicon Valley, Airbnb


Amazon Lobbied More Government Entities Than Any Other Public US Company Last Year

Amazon lobbied more government entities last year than any other public U.S. company, covering issues like healthcare, transportation, defense, and labor regulation. "Across 2018, Amazon contacted 40 different federal entities on 21 different general issue areas," reports Fortune, citing a report from Axios. "The only tech giant to lobby on more issues than Amazon was Google's Alphabet." From the report: In terms of money spent, Amazon's $14.4 million is topped only by Alphabet's $21 million, sa...
Tags: Google, Amazon, US, Tech, Bloomberg, Alphabet, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, Washington Amazon, Axios Amazon


Uber said to be raising $1B at a $10B valuation for its self-driving car unit

Uber is in negotiations with investors, including the SoftBank Vision Fund, to secure an investment as large as $1 billion for its autonomous vehicles unit. The deal would value the business at between $5 billion and $10 billion, according to a Tuesday report from The Wall Street Journal. Uber declined to comment. The news comes shortly after TechCrunch’s Mark Harris revealed the ridehailing firm was burning through $20 million a month on developing self-driving technologies, which means, acc...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Softbank, Funding, Tech, Economy, AV, United States, Transport, Venture Capital, Toyota, The Wall Street Journal, WSJ


Uber reportedly raising $1B in deal that values self-driving car unit at up to $10B

Uber is in negotiations with investors, including the SoftBank Vision Fund, to secure an investment as large as $1 billion for its autonomous vehicles unit. The deal would value the business at between $5 billion and $10 billion, according to a Tuesday report from The Wall Street Journal. Uber declined to comment. The news comes shortly after TechCrunch’s Mark Harris revealed the ridehailing firm was burning through $20 million a month on developing self-driving technologies, which means, acc...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Softbank, Funding, Economy, AV, United States, Transport, Venture Capital, Toyota, The Wall Street Journal, WSJ


Google cofounder Larry Page threatened to leave if the company didn't find a way to keep him in control, newly unsealed court docs reveal (GOOGL)

Larry Page, Google's cofounder, threatened to leave the company in 2011, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. Together with fellow cofounder Sergey Brin and top executive Eric Schmidt, Page held shares with super-voting powers that gave the threesome control over Google. Page was worried he'd lose that control if Brin or Schmidt sold their shares, according to recently unsealed court records viewed by Bloomberg. At the time he made the threat, Page was pressing Google's board of directors to create a...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Congress, New York City, Trends, Bloomberg, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Silicon Valley, Evan Spiegel, Eric Schmidt, Alphabet, Page, SCHMIDT


'It would be an epic change': Marketers say Elizabeth Warren's plan to break up Google and DoubleClick could destroy digital advertising

Sen. and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren proposed unwinding tech mergers including that of Google and DoubleClick, which, respectively, control billions of spend from marketers and provide the ad infrastructure for much of the publishing industry. Marketers say a split would be hard because the companies are deeply integrated into most products that marketers touch. Since renamed Google Ad Manager, DoubleClick would be difficult to untie from Google's massive search bus...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Europe, Instagram, France, Elizabeth Warren, Trends, Google Analytics, Warren, Waze, AMP, Alphabet, Gdpr, Google Facebook, DoubleClick, Amazon Facebook


Google's Gmail and Drive suffer global outages

Users in Australia, the US, Europe and Asia report problems as Google says applications are experiencing ‘issues’Google was experiencing global outages on Wednesday, with users reporting issues with Gmail, Google Drive and Google Maps.Various websites that track Gmail problems and outages, showed a spike in users reporting problems with the email service from about 1pm AEDT (2am GMT). Continue reading...
Tags: Google, Asia, Technology, Australia, US, World news, Australia news, US news, Alphabet, Gmail Google


Google has told dozens of employees in its laptop and tablet division to find new jobs at the company, raising questions about its hardware plans (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google appears to be trimming the size of its laptop and tablet hardware group, telling dozens of engineers and program managers to find other roles with the Alphabet parent company, several people familiar with the matter told Business Insider. The restructuring involves Google's "Create" division, which is responsible for developing and manufacturing the Pixelbook laptop and Pixel Slate tablet amongst the company's wider swath of "Made by Google" products. According to one source, the Create...
Tags: Apple, Google, Motorola, Microsoft, Samsung, Trends, Chromebook, Signal, Alphabet, Walt Mossberg, Rick Osterloh, Osterloh, Pixelbook, Pixel Slate


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. Larry Page "bypassed" Alphabet's board to personally give Andy Rubin a $150 million stock package while he was under investigation for sexual misconduct, according to a lawsuit. According to the filing, Alphabet's leadership committee ultimately finalized the stock-option deal, but it was Page who personally gave initial approval. . Facebook has now restored the ads and says they were removed because they violated its policies...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Elon Musk, Cook, Instagram, Elizabeth Warren, Trends, Tesla, Larry Page, Bill Gates, Tim Cook, SEC, Sam Altman, Volkswagen, Donald Trump, Kevin Systrom


Google must be broken up due to its 'overwhelming' power, News Corp says

Media giant tells Australian inquiry Google’s search engine and advertising platform should be separatedGoogle should be broken up to restore a level playing field for media companies swamped by its “overwhelming” market power, News Corp has told the competition regulator.Rupert Murdoch’s Australian arm has argued in a submission to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission that Google’s search engine and third-party advertising platform be separated to make it easier for digital publis...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Australia news, Australian politics, Australian media, Labor party, Rupert Murdoch, News Corporation, News Corp, Alphabet, Consumer Commission


Karat’s Interviewers, Software Help Tech Firms Assess Engineers

When it comes to interviewing candidates for software engineering positions at big technology companies, “takes one to know one” tends to be an appropriate axiom, says Mohit Bhende. He’s one of the co-founders of Karat, a Seattle-based startup that uses proprietary software and its own stable of freelance interviewers to help some of the marquee names in tech assess job applicants.It’s typical for someone who has applied for a engineering role at a large software company to be first screened by...
Tags: Startups, Pinterest, Microsoft, Interviews, Trends, Tech, Recruiting, Paypal, HR, Software, Engineering, Xbox, Human Resources, Talent, Seattle, Melinda Gates


Facebook’s ad team shoots itself in the foot by pulling Elizabeth Warren campaign ads

Facebook’s gang that couldn’t shoot straight advertising department has made another blunder, this time by pulling Elizabeth Warren campaign ads touting the Senator’s proposal to break up big tech. The offending ads were pulled, , over their use of the Facebook brand in their copy. Meanwhile, other ads that the Senator’s Presidential campaign had run which addressed the plan to unwind various acquisitions by Facebook, Amazon, and Alphabet (the parent company of Google) were not removed fr...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Buzzfeed, Elizabeth Warren, Social Media, Tech, Spokesperson, Software, Warren, Photo Sharing, Operating Systems, Alphabet, World Wide Web, Facebook Amazon


Google Agreed to Pay Execs Accused of Sexual Harassment $135 Million

Following the revelations of a $90 million golden parachute to Andy Rubin, a former Google executive accused of sexually harassing a subordinate, a recently unsealed complaint shows the company approved a further $45 million send-off to Amit Singhal, the company’s former senior vice president.Read more...
Tags: Google, Harassment, Science, Alphabet, Amit Singhal, Andy Rubin, Google Walkout


Waymo is reportedly looking for outside investors (GOOGL)

Waymo, Alphabet's autonomous-driving division, is looking for outside investors, The Information reports. The company is reportedly targeting Volkswagen and other European automakers. Alphabet is seeking a valuation for Waymo much larger than $15 billion and is not likely to offer a stake equal to or greater than 20% to outside investors, The Information reports. Waymo and Volkswagen did not immediately respond to Business Insider's requests for comment. Waymo, Alphabet's autonomous-driving d...
Tags: Trends, General Motors, Information, Tesla, Ford, Arizona, Volkswagen, Honda, Argo, Lidar, Alphabet, Ruth Porat, GOOGL, GM Cruise, Waymo, Waymo Alphabet


Google paid former executive $35m after sexual assault allegation

Former search executive Amit Singhal was reportedly forced to resign after an employee claimed he groped her at an off-campus eventGoogle paid the former search executive Amit Singhal $35m in an exit package when he was reportedly forced to resign after a sexual assault investigation, according to court documents released on Monday.Details of the exit package were revealed as part of a shareholder lawsuit against the company, one that followed a published report of payouts Google made to executi...
Tags: Google, Technology, US news, Sexual Harassment, Alphabet, Amit Singhal


Larry Page 'bypassed' Alphabet's board to personally give Andy Rubin a $150 million stock package while he was under investigation for sexual misconduct, according to lawsuit (GOOG, GOOGL)

Alphabet CEO and cofounder Larry Page "bypassed" the board of directors and personally approved a $150 million stock-option package for Android creator Andy Rubin, according to a lawsuit cited in a Bloomberg report on Monday. The $150 million stock package was awarded to Rubin while he was under an internal investigation for sexual-misconduct complaints, the report said. According to the filing, Alphabet's leadership committee ultimately finalized the stock-option deal, but it was Page wh...
Tags: Apple, Google, Trends, Bloomberg, Larry Page, New York Times, Times, Alphabet, Samsung Galaxy, Rubin, Andy Rubin


Larry Page 'bypassed' Alphabet's board to personally give Andy Rubin a $150M stock package while he was under investigation for sexual misconduct (GOOG, GOOGL)

Alphabet CEO and co-founder Larry Page "bypassed" the board of directors and personally approved the $150 million stock-option package for Android creator Andy Rubin , according to a lawsuit which Bloomberg reported about on Monday. The $150 million stock package was awarded to Rubin while he was under internal investigation for sexual misconduct complaints, the report says. According to the filing, Alphabet's leadership committee ultimately finalized the stock option deal, but it was Pag...
Tags: Apple, Google, Trends, Bloomberg, Larry Page, New York Times, Times, Alphabet, Rubin, Andy Rubin


Google sifting through one billion health questions each day

Google wants to harness the billion health-related questions people ask it every day to provide better healthcare, despite criticism that the Search giant has played a role in spreading dangerous misinformation about measles vaccinations. Google Health boss David Feinberg said that around 7 per cent of Google’s daily searches were health related, equivalent to 70,000 every minute. “People are asking us about conditions, medication, symptoms and insurance questions,” he said during a technology c...
Tags: Google, UK, News, Youtube, NHS, Alphabet, Royal College Of Gps, Austin Texas, Feinberg, Royal Free London, Google health, Geisinger Health, David Feinberg, Helen Stokes Lampard, National Health Service Google


Elizabeth Warren's proposal to break up big tech shouldn't shake Amazon shareholders — yet (AMZN)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat and presidential candidate, proposed on Friday a plan to break up big tech companies like Amazon, Facebook, and Alphabet's Google. The plan doesn't appear to immediately threaten Amazon, said Eric Sheridan, an analyst at UBS, who spoke with Markets Insider on Friday. Still, regulation is the top concern he discusses with investors, as far as challenges facing large-cap tech names.  Watch Amazon trade in real-time. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the M...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, US, Trends, Netflix, Ubs, Warren, Alphabet, El Chapo, Sen Elizabeth Warren, Sheridan, Amazon Facebook, Amazon Google


Elizabeth Warren is right – we must break up Facebook, Google and Amazon | Robert Reich

The titans of the new Gilded Age must be busted and the idea has bipartisan support. It’s time big tech was brought to heelThe presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren announced on Friday she wants to bust up giants like Facebook, Google and Amazon.America’s first Gilded Age began in the late 19th century with a raft of innovations – railroads, steel production, oil extraction – but culminated in mammoth trusts run by “robber barons” like JP Morgan, John D Rockefeller, and William H “the public be ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Business, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Internet, Elizabeth Warren, World news, E-commerce, US news, Democrats, US politics, US economy, Inequality


The EU’s plan to rein in Facebook and Google will do exactly the opposite | Carlos Fernandes

The proposed shake-up to copyright law will only entrench the dominance of tech giants. There are other, better waysThe growth of the internet and user-generated content in the past 15 years has been underpinned by speed and ease of use. The foundations for this are commonly referred to as “safe harbour” provisions in copyright law. This means that organisations that allow users to upload content to their websites – Wikipedia, YouTube, Facebook et al – are not liable for copyright infringement o...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Law, Internet, Youtube, Wikipedia, Eu, European Union, World news, Alphabet, EU Continue, Carlos Fernandes


Best smartphone 2019: iPhone, Samsung, Huawei and Google compared and ranked

Our updated list of the top iOS and Android mobile phones – at the best prices right now Need a new smartphone but don’t know which one is the very best? Here’s a guide comparing the current top-end smartphones from Apple, Samsung, Huawei and others to help you pick the best handset for you.There has never been a better time to buy a new flagship smartphone with many quality handsets available at a wider range of prices than ever before. Whether your priority is two-day battery life, fantastic c...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Android, Technology, Samsung, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, Huawei, Alphabet, Samsung Huawei, Apple Samsung Huawei


Elizabeth Warren wants to break up Google, Amazon and Facebook

The influential Massachusetts Senator and Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has been a longtime critic of the consolidation of economic power by Amazon, Google, and Facebook. Now she’s making their break-up a key component of her Presidential platform. Warren has just released her plan for breaking up big tech, in what seems like a watershed moment for a Democratic nominee. Since Al Gore famously (infamously?) “invented the internet”, Democratic candidates have turned away from seri...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Technology, Instagram, Microsoft, Whole Foods, Internet, Obama, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, Google Search, Companies, Artificial Intelligence


Huawei sues America as SoftBank spends more money

Today, a bunch of analysis on stories we have been covering the last few weeks. You’re reading the Extra Crunch Daily. Like this newsletter? Subscribe for free to follow all of our discussions and debates. SoftBank wants to spend more billions Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg via Getty Images Three inter-related stories today on SoftBank and its Vision Fund. First, an analysis from my Bangkok-based colleague Jon Russell, who notes that controversies surrounding the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi ...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Asia, Europe, Japan, New York, Congress, Saudi Arabia, Finance, Government, China, Southeast Asia, India, Softbank, Africa, US


YouTube under pressure to ban UK Far Right activist after livestreamed intimidation

The continued presence of a UK Far Right activist on YouTube’s platform has been raised by the deputy leader of the official opposition during ministerial questions in the House of Commons today. Labour’s Tom Watson put questions to the secretary of state for digital, Jeremy Wright, regarding Stephen Yaxley-Lennon’s use of social media for targeted harassment of journalists. This follows an incident on Monday night when Yaxley-Lennon used social media tools to livestream himself banging on...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Europe, UK, Youtube, Social Media, Tech, Labour, House Of Commons, Tom Watson, Watson, Livestream, Online Harassment, Alphabet, Facebook Live