Google Self-Driving Car Unit Accuses Uber of Using Stolen Technology (NYT)
“Otto and Uber have taken Waymo’s intellectual property so that they could avoid incurring the risk, time, and expense of independently developing their own technology,” the company said in the filing. “Ultimately, this calculated theft reportedly netted Otto employees over half a billion dollars and allowed Uber to revive a stalled program, all at Waymo’s expense.”
Electric carmakers on battery alert after funds stockpile cobalt (FT)
Suppliers to Tesla and other electric carmakers are scrambling to secure shipments of the key battery material cobalt after a group of hedge funds amassed a large stockpile of the scarce metal. In a bold wager on higher prices, half a dozen funds, including Swiss-based Pala Investments and China’s Shanghai Chaos, have purchased and stored an estimated 6,000 tonnes of cobalt, worth as much as $280m, according to the investors, traders and analysts.
Is Snapchat's IPO the Good Kind of Crazy? (Gadfly)
Let's say this up front: Buying shares in Snapchat's IPO next week is an act of lunacy. But here's the tricky part about this lunacy: No matter the wisdom of prognostications, it's hard to predict which controversial, overvalued tech IPO candidate will prove to be a wise investment and which controversial, overvalued tech IPO candidate will be a dud. At this stage of life, it is nearly impossible to tell one crazy from another.
Why be president when you could be pope? (FT)
The post says outright that Zuckerberg wants to use his network to repair tears in the social fabric of the world. Such a comprehensive push, one that disintegrates borders in the pursuit of social conformity harmony, has traditionally been attempted by religions rather than governments or political movements. Why favour only the oppressed proletariat when, with Facebook in place of religion, you can recruit Labour and Capital alike? In other words: You can be the president. He’d rather be the pope.
Le Pen Aides Met UBS, BlackRock, Barclays to Explain Euro Exit (BBG)
Sala, who has lived in the U.S., said using his English-language skills made all the difference. “That way we avoided any ambiguity,” he said. But don’t tell Le Pen he used the language of Shakespeare. The party leader wants her staff to speak in French only.
Killer, kleptocrat, genius, spy: the many myths of Vladimir Putin (Guardian)
A recent article published on the website of a respected American magazine warned readers that the end of communism “doesn’t mean that Russia has dropped its primary mission of destabilising Europe”, and described Putin as “a former KGB agent who, it is no accident, shares the name Vladimir Ilyich with Lenin”. When it was pointed out that Putin does not, in fact, share the name Vladimir Ilyich with Lenin – his name is Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin – the article was corrected to say that it is no accident that Putin shares the name Vladimir with Lenin. If it is not an accident, this may be because it is one of the most common Russian names. But still, it cannot be denied. Both Putin and Lenin are named Vladimir.
Does the Large Hadron Collider Actually Disprove Ghosts? (Gizmodo)
“If we want some sort of pattern that carries information about our living cells to persist then we must specify precisely what medium carries that pattern and how it interacts with the matter particles out of which our bodies are made. We must, in other words, invent an extension to the Standard Model of Particle Physics that has escaped detection at the Large Hadron Collider. That’s almost inconceivable at the energy scales typical of the particle interactions in our bodies.”
Witches Plan To Cast Mass Spell Against Donald Trump (HuffPo)
Performing the spell takes a good deal of dedication, including amassing the following:
- Unflattering photo of Trump
- Tower tarot card
- Tiny stub of an orange candle or orange carrot
- A pin or small nail (to inscribe candle)
- White candle (any size), representing the element of Fire
- Small bowl of water, representing elemental Water
- Small bowl of salt, representing elemental Earth
- Feather (any), representing the element of Air
- Matches or lighter
- Ashtray or dish of sand