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Google spinoff Waymo accuses Uber of self-driving car theft

Waymo, a self-driving car company founded by Google, is colliding with ride-hailing service Uber in a court battle revolving around allegations of betrayal, high-tech espionage and greed. The brewing showdown emerged late Thursday in a lawsuit filed in a San Francisco federal court by Waymo, a...

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    Snapchat has changed Venice, and the neighborhood isn't changing back

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    WhatsApp has become popular worldwide thanks to its powerful encryption technology. But making this type of secure messaging approachable and user-friendly can pose some problems. An article published Friday by the Guardian suggests that WhatsApp has a “security backdoor” that could allow the app,...

  • Two big Snapchat updates make the app work more like Facebook, Instagram or Twitter

    Two big Snapchat updates make the app work more like Facebook, Instagram or Twitter

    Snapchat overhauled two key features Thursday, bringing it more in line with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as a place to see what’s happening in the world at any moment. In an update soon coming to all users, Snapchat will add a search bar at the top of the app. People can look up friends, media...

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  • Verizon chops unlimited data plans: Big users can switch or be disconnected

    Verizon chops unlimited data plans: Big users can switch or be disconnected

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  • Snapchat maker Snap dodges uproar — and maybe taxes — with London office

    Snapchat maker Snap dodges uproar — and maybe taxes — with London office

    By funneling much of its overseas revenue through London instead of a widely used tax haven such as Dublin, Ireland, Snapchat maker Snap Inc. stands to recognize similar benefits with far less uproar. Global corporations, led by tech giants Apple and Google, have faced increased public scrutiny...

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