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Waymo Trial Delayed Again With Sharp Words for Uber From Judge

Waymo Trial Delayed Again With Sharp Words for Uber From Judge

Jacobs testified on Tuesday that Uber deliberately researched competitors and used technology to avoid a paper trail.

Jacobs was sworn in to give his testimony on Tuesday in the Uber-Waymo trial after prosecutors alerted the judge in the case that he had been in contact with them.

"It is possible that he has been bought off by Uber", Alsup said of Jacobs at one point during Tuesday's drama.

Under questioning, Richard Jacobs, Uber's manager of global intelligence, said that Uber hired several contractors that employed former CIA agents to help the ride-hailing service infiltrate its rivals' computers. On Tuesday, Alsup delayed it so Waymo can have more time to gather evidence.

Waymo, the self-driving auto company spun out of Google's moonshot unit, has accused Uber of recruiting its former employees and stealing its trade secrets in order to advance its development of autonomous vehicles.




Jacobs took the stand to testify about the letter's statement that Uber's Marketplace Analytics "exists expressly for the objective of acquiring trade secrets, code-based & competitive intelligence", as Waymo lawyer Charles Verhoeven said, quoting from the letter. Part of that settlement can be withheld if Jacobs violates a provision requiring him not to say anything that would harm Uber.

Uber Technologies Inc withheld evidence in a lawsuit filed by Alphabet Inc's Waymo, a US judge said on Tuesday, delaying a trial to give Waymo time to review a letter alleging Uber trained employees to steal trade secrets and hide their tracks. "If even half of what's in that letter is true, it would be a huge injustice to force Waymo to go to trial and not be able to prove the things said in that letter".

The trial was originally scheduled for December 4. The judge also called Uber's espionage team "a plumber's unit doing bad deeds".

Waymo is alleging that Uber has been building its own fleet of self-driving cars by using trade secrets taken by former Waymo engineer Anthony Levandowski. Hackers stole the personal information of 57 million Uber users in October 2016, and Uber paid the hackers $100,000 to keep the theft secret. Uber paid $680 million previous year for a self-driving vehicle startup founded by Levandowski after he left Waymo in January 2016.


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