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Recode Daily: Waymo, the Google car company, says Uber is using stolen self-driving tech

A lawsuit accuses a former Google engineer of taking confidential files before quitting.

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Waymo, formerly Googles self-driving car unit, is suing Uber and its autonomous truck unit, Otto, for allegedly using stolen technology. The suit accuses former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski, now leading Uber’s self-driving efforts, of downloading thousands of confidential files before leaving to co-found Otto. Further complicating things, Waymo parent Alphabet is an investor in Uber. — [Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]

Two prominent Uber seed investors, Freada Kapor Klein and Mitch Kapor, criticized the “toxic patterns” in the company’s behavior and voiced doubts about the independence of the investigation into allegations of sexism and harassment. Outside counsel Eric Holder said Uber has given him free rein to conduct an impartial review. — [Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]

Meanwhile, Uber has lost another key member of its self-driving team: Raffi Krikorian, the senior director of engineering at Uber’s Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh. — [Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]

Salesforce, Google, Apple and a raft of other tech companies issued statements opposing President Trump’s rollback of protections for transgender students in public schools. — [Kara Swisher / Recode]

Disneys Maker Studios unit will stop providing advertising and promotional support to some 60,000 YouTube creators and instead will focus on about 300 who have large followings and are well suited to work with other Disney divisions. — [Ben Fritz / Wall Street Journal]

Amazon is fighting a search warrant for recordings from an Echo owned by a murder suspect, contending that conversations with Alexa are protected under the First Amendment. — [Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes]

On the latest episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, Upthere CEO Chris Bourdon explains why you may want to use more than one cloud storage service. — [Eric Johnson / Recode]

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