Monthly ArchiveAugust 2017

In new filing, Uber says it was unaware of Waymo data theft prior to lawsuit

In new filing, Uber says it was unaware of Waymo data theft prior to lawsuit

In new filing, Uber says it was unaware of Waymo data theft prior to lawsuit

In response to a series of questions raised by District Judge William Alsup, Uber said that no one knew any Waymo acquired property information until the company had filed its lawsuit.

To recap: Waymo, automotive drive auto-driving Google Fathers of the alphabet, followed by Uber in the theft of trade secrets, as companies struggle for autonomous vehicles market.

All this happened after Anthony Levandowski, a key engineer who drives the self-driving car Waymo’s efforts, has left the company and founded an independent truck company called Otto, which was later acquired by Uber.

Waymo says, outside his door, Levandowski brought with him several confidential documents related to the patented design of Google Lidar, which they believe were later used in the creation of Uber autonomous personalized driving technology.

There have been several laps along the way, as both companies have prepared document discovery before the scheduled date of the October hearing.

But some of the most controversial battles leading to the trial were if Levandowski unloaded the files before leaving Waymo, whom he could share with and whom Uber’s alleged robbery knew and when.

On this front, Waymo supported qu’Uber knew Levandowski was in possession of material he would not have had, citing Uber deposits to support demand.

This includes a meeting on March 11, 2016, when he told leaders Levandowski Uber, whose CEO Travis Kalanick had about five discs of Waymo material he had discovered.

However, in today’s presentation Uber strongly opposed this argument, saying that he did not know documents Levandowski had stolen from Google or Waymo. Uber contends that his working agreement with Levandowski would not use the same information if he had.

Uber acknowledges Levandowski said he had “discovered” five data on Waymo data owner, but claims he did not know how he came to take possession of it. According to the presentation:

“Levandowski did not tell [Otto co-founder Lior] Ron that he had downloaded all of Google’s proprietary information for improper purpose or deliberately had information from Google owner with him when he left Google. Still in it since working on Google.

In addition, when this information appeared, Uber Levandowski said the company would do nothing.

As the document says, “a lot Kalanick said Levandowski qu’Uber did not make such information, as Levandowski should not transmit such information to Uber and talk to his lawyer.”

Later in the day, the paper alleges Levandowski told the others that he had destroyed the records in question.

As a result, Uber claims that no proprietary information is used in the development of its stand-alone vehicle program.

While the presentation today is the strongest and most complete statement in which Uber proclaimed his innocence in the matter, his struggle is far from over.

According to all indications, it appears that the two companies will continue to go to court in October, with Waymo trying to prove that Levandowski stole information that makes way for Uber’s Uber technology and trying to prove that this is not the case.

Updated: Waymo dispute the Uber account, natch. Legal statement from a Waymo spokesperson below:

“The evidence clearly shows that stolen information has already made its way into Uber’s technology.

We are not convinced by the Uber attempts to get away from a former star engineer. He paid $ 250 million for Uber knowing that he had particular Information Waymo. Instead of doing the right thing, Uber participated in a cover-up, drawing only Mr. Levandowski after his actions were exposed in a dispute. ”

For a more complete description of the argument that Waymo Uber is involved in a cover-up, and the answer to the Uber Waymo answer, check Recode.

Hints of Skull Cult Found at World's Oldest Temple

Hints of Skull Cult Found at World’s Oldest Temple

Hints of Skull Cult Found at World’s Oldest Temple

There are about 10 000 years, the already marked presence of Gobekli Tepe in southeastern Turkey could have been even more impressive, since human skulls could have hung on what is considered the oldest temple in the world.

According to new research published in Science Advance, three fragments of Neolithic skulls discovered by archaeologists in Gobekli Tepe show a unique post-mortem type change in the skull at the site.

The deep and proposed linear grooves uniquely altered cranium ever seen in the world in any context, says Julia Gresky, lead author of the study and anthropologist at the German Archaeological Institute in Berlin.

A detailed analysis with a special microscope showed that the grooves were made deliberately with a flint tool.

One of the fragments even a drilled hole, resembles skull changes made by the naga people of India who uses the hole to hang the skull in a chain.

The marks may appear only on some bone fragments that are between 10 000 and 7000 years old, but archaeologists believe that this discovery is very important and means that the company, like many others in this part of the world time Was a “cult skull” who revered the human skull after death.

Skull and bones
“Treatments of the skull are not rare in Anatolia,” said Gresky.

She explained that the archaeological remains of other sites in the region indicate that people generally buried their dead, then exhumed, remove skulls and show them creatively.

Other archaeologists have even found that the Neolithic peoples form new faces of the dead with plaster.

(Look at the face behind the skull of Jericho at 9500 years old).

Gobekli Tepe was of particular importance to people living near the Neolithic. “It was not a settlement area, but especially the monumental structures,” says the anthropologist.

The huge stone columns of the place and the position of choice on a hill with panoramic T-shaped views suggest that the hunters who lived here also had a somewhat complex culture and rituals were practiced.

Friends or enemies?
“This is an interesting skull modification that has not been documented in this part of the world or this period,” says Matthew Biologisteologue Velasco at Cornell University, who did not participate in the study.

But this discovery raises additional questions about the person to which the skulls belong and why they were treated in this way.

“There is a series of skull-changing behavior [from] the ancestors’ veneration to the rape of the enemy,” said Velasco, and this distinction can not be studied in Gobekli Tepe if additional discoveries are made.

In addition to the court and pit test, Gresky said other clues in the site show that this culture has a special meaning in skulls.

“We find representations as a person without a head on a pillar, or human stone heads. The iconography of the site particularly inside the skull.”

In Gobekli Tepe, there are no burial sites, but instead of bone human wells that are mixed with bones and flint tools, which means that additional context is needed to better understand the site.

“We are still at the beginning of the work of understanding the anthropology of the site,” Gresky said. “[H], we will find other fragments of bones and skull. Then we can have a clearer idea of ​​how these people lived.”

Apple's iPhone turns 10, bumpy start forgotten

Apple’s iPhone turns 10, bumpy start forgotten

Apple’s iPhone turns 10, bumpy start forgotten

The Apple iPhone Inc (AAPL.O) runs 10 times this week, evoking memories of a difficult start for the device that will ultimately do more to start the smartphone revolution and generate interest in the place where from here.

Apple sold more than 1 billion iPhones since June 29, 2007, but the first iPhone released without App Store and limited to AT & T Inc. network (T.N), was limited compared to the current version.

After the initial low sales, Apple lowered the price to increase party sales this year.

“The iPhone’s first-year business model has been a disaster,” Tony Fadell, an Apple developer of the unit, told Reuters in an interview Wednesday. “We were rotated and included in the second year.”

The iPhone concept was a surprise to some Apple vendors there ten years ago, although Apple, led by Steve Jobs, had already outgrown computers with the iPod.

“We still have the voicemail from Steve Jobs when he called the CEO and founder here,” said David Bairstow at Skyhook, the company that provided the first iPhones Localization Technologies.

“He thought he had been ripped off by someone in the office and it took him two days to remember Steve Jobs.”

The iPhone has reached its trend in 2008 when Apple introduced the App Store, which allowed developers to make and distribute their mobile applications with Apple revenue reduction.

Ten years later, the service turnover is a key area of ​​growth for Apple, which generated a turnover of 24.3 trillion last year.


Fans and investors are eagerly waiting for the iPhone 8 10 Anniversary, which is expected this fall, asking if it will provide enough new features to trigger a new generation of converting to Apple.

This new phone may have 3D mapping sensors, support for “augmented reality” applications that merge virtual and real worlds, and a new, lightweight and flexible organic LED display, according to Bernstein Research analysts.

A decade after its launch in a market largely occupied by Microsoft and BlackBerry devices, the iPhone competes primarily with phones using Google’s Android software, which is distributed to Samsung Electronics (005930.KS) and other manufacturers in all the world.

Although most smartphones in the world now run on Android, Apple still enjoys most of the benefits of the industry with its generally more expensive devices.

More than 2 billion people own smartphones, according to eMarketer data, and Fadell, who worked for Apple and the alphabet considered it to be the brand of success.

“Being able to democratize computing and communication around the world is absolutely incredible to me,” Fadell said.

“It warms me up because Steve has tried to do with the Apple II and Mac, which was the computer for the rest of us. It’s already here, 30 years later.”