Earlier today, Recode reported that Uber had asked its new SVP of engineering, Amit Singhal, to resign after he failed to disclose the circumstances involved in his departure from Google. According to Recode, Singhal resigned from Google in early 2016 after an investigation into a sexual harassment claim brought against him by another employee. Singhal has denied the allegations, but according to Recode, Google found them "credible".
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Last night, Waymo, the self-driving car division of Alphabet — parent company to Google — filed a blockbuster lawsuit against Uber. The suit alleges that a former Google engineer stole trade secrets and proprietary designs of Waymo's self-driving car system, which he subsequently used when starting his own company that was later acquired by Uber in 2016.
Uber is not known for treating its drivers particularly well, but it gets worse: According to allegations from ex-engineer Susan J. Fowler, the ridesharing app has a culture of misogyny, and threatened to fire her after she reported sexual harassment. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has already responded to the allegations, saying in a statement to Gizmodo, "What she describes is abhorrent and against everything Uber stands for and believes in."
Uber drivers collecting GST isn't anything new, ever since the Australian Taxation Office weighed in on the situation back in 2015. However, you may not have known that Uber took the ATO to court over the decision. The case came to a conclusion on Friday, with the Federal Court ruling in favour of the ATO.
Argo AI is the focus of a one billion investment over the next five years from Ford, in a bid to collaborate on the car maker's autonomous vehicle offering.
The artificial intelligence company is founded by the former leaders of the self-driving car teams of Google and Uber, and will include roboticists and engineers developing a new software platform (with potential for licensing) for Ford's fully autonomous vehicle, coming in 2021.
Yesterday, 96 companies — including Apple, Google, Dropbox, eBay, uBer, Twitter, Spotify and a host of others — filed legal documents that object to President Trump's Muslim ban. But they're not just doing it because it's the right thing to do. The filing makes it clear that Trump is disrupting business.
Following an unprecedented wave of outraged Uber users terminating their account in protest of what many saw as CEO Travis Kalanick's cooperation with President Trump, Kalanick is leaving Trump's business advisory council, Uber confirmed to Gizmodo today.