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Engineer who took Google's self-driving secrets to Uber sentenced to 18 months


Former Uber engineer Anthony Levandowski has been sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment after pleading guilty to stealing trade secrets from Waymo, Google's self-driving car division. He's also agreed to pay over $756,000 to the company, plus a fine of $95,000 -- which will be a feat considering Levandowski's already been bankrupted by a $179 million judgment against him for poaching Google employees. "The last three and a half years have forced me to come to terms with what I did," Levandowski said in a statement. "I want to take this time to apologize to my colleagues at Google for betraying their trust, and to my entire family for the price they have paid and will continue to pay for my actions." Levandowski faced a potential 30 months in prison after pleading guilty to one charge of trade secret theft back in March.

Chinese artificial intelligence company files $1.4 billion lawsuit against Apple


Shanghai Zhizhen first sued Apple for patent infringement in 2012 regarding its voice recognition technology.

Apple Faces $1.4 Billion Lawsuit by Chinese AI Firm in Siri Patent Fight WSJD - Technology

An artificial-intelligence company recently awarded a Chinese patent for a voice assistant similar to Apple Inc.'s Siri has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple that, if successful, could prevent the American tech giant from selling many of its products in the world's second-largest economy. Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology Co. said in a statement on Monday it was suing Apple for an estimated 10 billion yuan ($1.43 billion) in damages in a Shanghai court, alleging the iPhone- and iPad-maker's products violated...

Soaring Attendance at the 57th Design Automation Conference, as Premier Event for the Electronic Design Ecosystem Gets Even Bigger


Total conference attendance at the 2020 Design Automation Conference (DAC), the industry's premier event dedicated to the design and design automation of electronic circuits and systems, leapt by 52% compared to DAC 2019, according to the 57th DAC Executive Committee (EC). The intense engagement at the 57th DAC, held for the first time virtually due to the recent pandemic, reflected a voracious appetite among engineers for information and insights to propel design innovation. Submissions to DAC's research track increased by 20% in the past two years, and the Designer, IP and Embedded Tracks submissions increased by 15% compared to 2019, continuing a steady three-year rise. The global reach of DAC, July 19 - 24, soared at the 2020 virtual event with attendance from the following regions: 24% Asia Pac, 11% Europe, 52% United States and 13% a combination of Canada, South America and Middle East. Despite the economic and social disruption caused by the pandemic, design innovation never sleeps," said Zhuo Li, General Chair of the 57th DAC. "We had record attendance viewing each of the four Keynotes, plus attendees globally were able to view the recorded technical sessions at their leisure in their respected time-zones.

US prosecutors seek years in prison for Uber self-driving exec who stole Google trade secrets


US prosecutors are seeking a total of 27 months behind bars for Anthony Levandowski, the former head of Uber's self-driving arm who pleaded guilty to stealing trade secrets from Google. Levandowski was indicted by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) on 33 counts of theft and attempted theft in 2019 for stealing intellectual property belonging to his former employer. The ex-Google engineer worked on the tech giant's self-driving technologies from 2009 to 2016 before abruptly resigning to found his own company. Prosecutors claimed that before he left his post, Levandowski downloaded a treasure trove of 14,000 internal documents relating to engineering, manufacturing, and business, specifically linked to Google's LiDAR and self-driving car research. See also: Uber's future may be more about Uber Eats, Uber Freight than ride sharing Otto, a rival in the same space, was co-founded by the engineer together with Lior Ron.

Sonic Adds Amazon Alexa Skill to Ordering


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Top Five Data Privacy Issues that Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Startups Need to Know - insideBIGDATA


In this special guest feature, Joseph E. Mutschelknaus, a director in Sterne Kessler's Electronics Practice Group, addresses some of the top data privacy compliance issues that startups dealing with AI and ML applications face. He also assists with district court litigation and licensing issues. Based in Washington, D.C. and renown for more than four decades for dedication to the protection, transfer, and enforcement of intellectual property rights, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox is one of the most highly regarded intellectual property specialty law firms in the world. Last year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hit both Facebook and Google with record fines relating to their handling of personal data. The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which is widely viewed the toughest privacy law in the U.S., came online this year.

10 Google Patents to Boost Your SEO Effort


Learning about SEO is a bit of a challenge, isn't it? On the one hand, there is no single body of knowledge and the information has to be collected bit by bit from many different places. On the other hand, the information is often misinterpreted, giving rise to fake ranking factors and far fetched theories. That's why to learn the truth about SEO, it's best to go to the very source -- Google itself. In the past, I have already discussed a few sources of SEO information at Google, namely the SEO Starter Guide and the Quality Raters Guidelines.

PV Powershed to charge robotic lawnmowers – IAM Network


Solar Alliance Energy has launched a photovoltaic charging station for robotic lawnmowers. The Powershed system allows users to cut the cord and place a robotic mower anywhere the sun shines, the company said. Solar Alliance developed the design in cooperation with a researcher from the University of Tennessee and a provisional patent application has been filed with the US Patent office. The first Powershed unit has been installed at the University of Tennessee and is currently operating. Solar Alliance said the unit is designed to meet demand through a scalable production model and will initially be offered through commercial distribution partners and direct sales.

Instacart sues Uber's Cornershop over IP theft


Instacart has sued Cornershop, the grocery-delivery startup Uber acquired last year to expand its food footprint. The company alleges Cornershop stole product images and other intellectual property. In a legal brief, Instacart says Cornershop tried to hide the origin of its catalog images by modifying their file names. The company also shared the image below, comparing listings on both Instacart and Cornershop. Instacart claims it spent "tens of millions of dollars" and "and a tireless amount of effort" to build its catalog, which features items from more than 30,000 stores across its footprint.