Happy Wednesday, everyone. Here’s the top tech news from around the web this morning:
Uber fires engineer that was accused of stealing trade secrets from Google
The engineer at the center of a lawsuit between Google and Uber over self-driving car technology was fired by Uber on Tuesday, the company said on Tuesday.
The engineer, Anthony Levandowski, left Google’s self-driving car subsidiary Waymo to start his own company called Otto, which was acquired by Uber last year.
The Google project is now called Waymo and the company sued Uber over Levandowski’s hire, saying the engineer had stolen intellectual property from the company’s computers prior to leaving.
Meanwhile, Wired magazine explains why firing Levandowski might not help Uber in this lawsuit.
Creator of Android operating system debuts Amazon Echo competitor and smartphone
Wired takes a look at what Andy Rubin is up to these days. Rubin also spoke at the Code Conference hosted by Recode and unveiled his plans to release a new smartphone and Amazon Echo competitor this summer.
This guy is a legend in the tech industry. He worked at Apple spinoff General Magic, where he built some of the world’s first internet-connected devices. He also created the Android operating system at Google.
Rubin is now CEO of a company called Essential Products that is debuting two products later this summer: a $699 smartphone called simply “Phone,” and a smart-home hub called “Home.”
New York Magazine breaks down some of the pros and cons of the new phone, which it calls “wildly hyped.”
WSJ: Female CEOs are actually getting paid more than men
As part of WSJ’s annual compensation report on CEO pay, the newspaper is reporting that female chief executives at large U.S. companies are out-earning men.
“Last year, 21 female CEOs received a median compensation package of $13.8 million, compared with $11.6 million for 382 male chiefs,” the Journal reported.
Bottom line: there are far fewer female CEOs of large companies, but the ones that have broken this glass ceiling are getting paid pretty well.
Some of the women included in this analysis are at the helm at tech firms, such as Meg Whitman at Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Virginia Rometty at International Business Machines Corp.
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