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Uber Claims Innocence over Alphabet's Allegation of a Cover-Up to Trade Secrets Theft

By Jacques Strauss, | June 29, 2017

 Uber Technologies Inc. has a long history of violating government regulations, but it was its violation of a rule by Apple Inc. that almost sank its business. (YouTube)

Uber Technologies Inc. has a long history of violating government regulations, but it was its violation of a rule by Apple Inc. that almost sank its business. (YouTube)

Uber has responded to the allegation of Alphabet concerning a theft of trade secrets. This issue has led for Google's mother company to file a case against the said tech-transport company.

Uber is now claiming innocence over the allegation of Alphabet that they managed to collude with Alphabet's former engineer, Anthony Levandowski. Based on the facts of the case, Levandowski, who previously led Alphabet's autonomous vehicle business, now called Waymo, took some files from the company and managed to share it with Uber.

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"The evidence clearly shows that stolen information has already made its way into Uber's technology. We're not convinced by Uber's attempts to distance itself from a former star engineer it paid $250m to come to Uber while knowing he possessed Waymo's proprietary information. Rather than do the right thing, Uber took part in a coverup, only firing Mr. Levandowski after their actions were exposed in litigation," Recode quoted Alphabet as saying.

However, Uber responded saying that they have taken the necessary "precautions to ensure that no former Google employees, including Levandowski, brought Google IP with them to Uber." The accusation of a cover-up theory is a result of the rejection by the Court last week.

"After searching through terabytes of data, deposing numerous employees and spending 55 hours with free reign to inspect our facilities, Waymo has turned up exactly zero evidence that any of the 14,000 files came to Uber. In recent days, Waymo has blamed a law firm, a third party forensics vendor, and now that it is becoming more and more clear that this downloading had nothing to do with Uber, they resort to peddling a 'cover-up' theory that was explicitly rejected by the Court as recently as last week," Uber responded to the allegations of Alphabet.

In retrospect, Alphabet is the outcome of Google's major overhaul. It has become the new holding company name of Google, which manages other business like Calico, Nest, and Fiber.

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