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Waymo to judge: Uber should be held in contempt for withholding documents

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Enlarge / An Uber driverless Ford Fusion drives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (credit: Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO—During a heated court hearing here today, Waymo lawyers accused Uber's law firm, Morrison Foerster, of violating a court order by not handing over documents that Waymo says were illegally downloaded from Google.

Waymo filed a lawsuit in February, claiming that the former head of Uber's self-driving car project, Anthony Levandowski, downloaded more than 14,000 Google documents that contain trade secrets about self-driving cars, shortly before he left his job at the company. Levandowski then created a startup called Otto, which he sold to Uber for $680 million. Waymo has said that Uber has used those trade secrets, which were brought over by Levandowski.

Uber denies that any trade secrets were on Uber servers and says it built its own technology from the ground up. Levandowski, who is not a defendant in the case, hasn't denied downloading files—instead, he has pled his Fifth Amendment rights and refused to talk. Uber fired him in May for refusing to cooperate with court orders.

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HBO accidentally leaked a future “Game of Thrones” episode on Spanish television

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HBO isn’t having the best luck keeping its Game of Thrones secrets under wraps.

The broadcaster accidentally aired the next episode—episode 6—of the hit fantasy drama on Spanish television, five days before its official premiere. And as you’d expect, the episode quickly began circulating online. Although the official title hasn’t been revealed, the title “Death Is The Enemy” is being widely touted on the web.

Several hours after the leak, a spokesman for HBO Europe said that a “third-party vendor” was responsible for the error.

“We have learned that the upcoming episode of Game of Thrones was accidentally posted for a brief time on the HBO Nordic and HBO Espana platforms,” Tom Krogsgaard Nielsen told the BBC.

“The error appears to have originated with a third-party vendor, and the episode was removed as soon as it was recognized. This is not connected to the recent cyber-incident at HBO in the US.”

Last month, hackers stole 1.5 terabytes of HBO data, including two upcoming Game of Thrones scripts. Shortly after, “The Spoils of War,” episode four of the current season, was leaked online, not by the hackers, but by a pay-TV provider in India, which received the episode in advance.

As early as last summer, plot details for the new episodes made their way onto Reddit, and while many dismissed them at the time, they’ve proven to be eerily accurate.

Despite the leaks, Game of Thrones has continued to go from strength-to-strength this year, with “The Spoils of War” breaking the show’s ratings record, in spite of its early release. The most recent episode, “Eastwatch,” quickly broke that record with 10.7 million viewers in the US.


Read next: “Game of Thrones” is a blessing and a curse for Dubrovnik in Croatia



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Trump Just  Gave The Craziest Press Conference Of His Presidency

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In what was supposed to be a press conference about infrastructure, President Trump defended the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.
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No, President Trump, this is not the right time to equate the "Alt Right" with an "Alt Left".
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John Stossel vs. Noam Chomsky on Venezuela (New at Reason)

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Venezuela used to be the richest country in Latin America. Today, its economy and civil society are disintegrating. The country is experiencing widespread hunger and out-of-control violence—a result of former President Hugo Chávez' move, starting in 2002, to nationalize industries, establish price controls, and block foreign capital from entering the country.

Back when Chávez was still in power (and still alive), U.S. celebrities, including Danny Glover, Naomi Campbell, Michael Moore, Oliver Stone, and Sean Penn, praised the former president and his brand of "Bolivarian" socialism. As did left-wing intellectuals, including the famed M.I.T. linguist Noam Chomsky.

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Bill Gates gives away 64 million Microsoft shares in largest donation since 2000

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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is reducing his stake in the company to just 1.3 percent, after holding 24 percent of the software maker back in 1996. In a filing to the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) on Monday, Gates revealed he’s donating 64 million shares of Microsoft worth a total of $4.6 billion. It’s a huge donation, and Bloomberg reports that it’s the biggest since he gave away $16 billion worth in 1999 and $5.1 billion of shares in 2000.

The SEC filing doesn’t reveal exactly where Bill Gates has donated his Microsoft shares to, but Gates has been on a mission to gift his shares and fund the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a charity set up by him and his wife for their philanthropy. Gates usually donates around 80 million...

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Android phones will probably have depth-sensing IR cameras next year

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Your next Android phone could have some wild depth-sensing abilities, if Qualcomm has anything to say about it. The company is starting to release details about its next flagship Snapdragon processor, and as part of that, it’s showing off some of the new features that are getting added to the second-generation image signal processor, called Spectra, that will be built into the upcoming chip.

Along with improvements to things like noise reduction and video stabilization, one of the biggest additions to Spectra is support for several new camera modules with advanced sensing features. Last year, with the Snapdragon 835, Qualcomm launched the Spectra Module Program, which offered manufacturers pre-built and pre-configured camera setups for...

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