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Judge suggests Uber is hiding top exec's work in trade theft case

The federal judge overseeing Alphabet's trade theft lawsuit against Uber says Uber has yet to explain what exec Anthony Levandowski, a former Alphabet employee, has been working on since joining the company.

Uber had previously submitted the two self-driving car prototypes it has been testing, which were designed by another employee and purchased from a vendor, respectively. Alphabet says Levandowski downloaded documents before leaving to form a startup, which Uber later bought.

"Why would you hire this guy for $680 million if he's not doing anything?" Judge William Alsup told Uber during a hearing in San Francisco District court on Wednesday. "It does leave the impression that you wrote around what Mr. Levandowski is working on all this time even if it didn't lead to a prototype"

What to watch: A hearing is scheduled for May 3 to address Waymo's request for a preliminary injunction, which would halt Uber's self-driving car testing if the judge sides against Uber.

Mike Allen 33 mins ago
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Why Trump added a streetfighter to his legal team

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A new addition to President Trump's legal team — Joe diGenova, a former U.S. attorney who is well-known in Washington and has argued for the president on Fox News — reflects three White House realities.

The state of play: (1) The White House is digging in for a fight that looks to be longer and messier than officials had expected. (2) This is another example of the president responding to televised cues. Trump has spent most of his adult life in litigation, and obsesses about legal positioning in the same way that he is consumed by his press coverage. (3) It's another pugilistic voice at the table, and suggests that this weekend's attacks on Mueller won't be the last.

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Facebook reaches a tipping point

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Of all the news crises Facebook has faced during the past year, the Cambridge Analytica scandal is playing out to be the worst and most damaging.

Why it matters: It's not that the reports reveal anything particularly new about how Facebook's back end works — developers have understood the vulnerabilities of Facebook's interface for years. But stakeholders crucial to the company's success — as well as the public seem less willing to listen to its side of the story this time around.