Happy Friday everyone! In this TGIF edition of Tech Crawl, we’ve examined the depths of the Internet and brought back the best tech stories for you to peruse.
Alphabet’s Waymo sues Uber over self-driving car secrets
A lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco by Alphabet Inc. accuses Uber of stealing trade secrets, patent infringement and “unfair competition,” USA Today reports.
The suit revolves around a former Waymo self-driving car engineer who stole 14,000 files containing plans and technical specifications, according to the lawsuit, and then left the company and went to work for self-driving truck company Otto. Uber purchased Otto in August 2016.
Tech companies speak out against Trump’s transgender ruling
Bloomberg put together a list of responses to Trump’s decision’s to rescind some protections for transgender students. The decision “provoked an outcry” from Silicon Valley, Bloomberg reports.
Companies such as Apple, Facebook and Microsoft released statements and/or tweets following the announcement on Wednesday to with draw legal guidance from the Obama administration that told schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms consistent with their gender identity.
Uber investors rip the company over insider-driven investigation
Two of Uber’s early investors, Freada Kapor Klein and Mitch Kapor, wrote an open letter to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick saying they were concerned about how the company chose to investigate allegations of sexism.
The letter is referencing the allegations of former employee Susan Fowler, who wrote an essay on Sunday that accused the company of not taking her reports of sexual harassment and sexism seriously.
The investors are concerned because the people charged with investigating Fowler’s claims are all closely tied to Uber. Eric Holder, the former U.S. Attorney leading the investigation, has been working with Uber since at least Juen when he was hired as a lobbyist, the two investors note.
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