Pack your dongles and spare batteries. It's CES time again.
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CES 2018. Photo: Consumer Technology Association
As the world gears up for the giant consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, it's worth reflecting on what CES is and what it is not.
CES is not:
What to expect:
Sara Fischer, Mike Allen and I will be on the ground in Las Vegas next week, with our experts in cars, health and policy contributing from afar — so expect to hear lots more in next week's Login newsletters.
Photo: Liz Fong-Jones
Liz Fong-Jones, a longtime Google engineer known for speaking out on a wide range of employee concerns, is leaving the tech giant to work at a startup.
Why it matters: Fong-Jones was early to challenge her employer on a range of issues from sexual harassment to its work on controversial projects.
What's next: Fong-Jones tells Axios that she is headed to be the first developer advocate at Honeycomb.io, a startup that aims to make distributed systems understandable by engineers.
As for Google, Fong-Jones says she stayed at her former employer because she cared about the company's mission and felt it was her duty as an employee and technologist to speak up when she thought the company was heading down a wrong path.
"If I didn’t care about Google I probably would have silently quit many, many months or years ago."— Liz Fong-Jones
GM's autonomous driving unit, Cruise, will begin testing food delivery for some of DoorDash's San Francisco customers in March, the companies announced on Thursday.
Why it matters: After years of focusing on the technology, companies developing AVs are turning their attention to business models, notes Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva.
Joe Lieberman. Photo: U.S. Defense Department
Former Sen. Joe Lieberman has officially registered as a lobbyist for embattled Chinese telecom firm ZTE, a move that generated lots of blowback on Twitter on Thursday.
Why it matters: Huawei and ZTE are both under fire for ties to the Chinese government as well as allegations of evading U.S. sanctions on Iran.
Yes, but: In a regulatory filing, Lieberman's firm says the former vice presidential candidate won't actually be lobbying his former colleagues, but rather conducting "an independent assessment of concerns that Members of Congress, Executive branch and American businesses have about any national security vulnerabilities and risks that ZTE products may pose in the U.S."
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