Good morning! Here's a quick look at the tech news you need to know this Tuesday:
Two tech giants are duking it out in court. Waymo, a Google spinoff, is alleging that Uber stole some of its technology to boost its self-driving car initiative. The technology was reportedly taken by a star engineer who left Waymo, The Associated Press says. Uber insists the suit is bogus. Waymo wants a judge to block Uber from using eight so-called trade secrets.
Amazon's Super Bowl ad
Was the ad for Amazon's Alexa smart-home device that aired during the Super Bowl a sign that Austin will land HQ2? That's what a number of folks are thinking. Here's why: At the very beginning of the celebrity-packed commercial, a user asks Alexa what the weather's like ... in Austin. Certainly an interesting choice, right? Austin is one of 20 HQ2 finalists. No word yet on when the e-commerce giant will announce the winner.
Hefty tax bill
Speaking of Amazon, the company will pay $250 million to French authorities to settle a dispute over back taxes, according to The Associated Press. The taxes cover the period from 2006 to 2010. France first sought payment in 2012 and the two sides have been in negotiations since. Amazon recently reached a similar deal with Italy, agreeing to pay $118 million in back taxes.
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