Mar 28, 2018

Otto co-founder Lior Ron is leaving Uber

A man walks into the Uber Corporate Headquarters building in San Francisco, California on February 05, 2018. Photo: OSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images

Lior Ron, the co-founder of Otto, the autonomous driving startup Uber acquired in 2016, is leaving the company, as CNBC first reported and a source confirmed to Axios. Ron was leading Uber Freight at the time of his departure. Uber declined to comment on Ron departure, but said that it remains "fully invested in and excited about the future of Uber Freight."

Why it matters: Ron's company and co-founder, Anthony Levandowski, were at the center of a year-long legal battle between Waymo and Uber. Waymo alleged that the startup was an elaborate scheme to bring trade secrets into Uber, though the two settled last month. Levandowski was fired from Uber last May after he declined to cooperate with the lawsuit.

Update: A source familiar with the move tells Axios that Ron's departure isn't related to the recent self-driving crash in Arizona.

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House passes bill to make lynching a federal hate crime

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The House voted 410-4 on Wednesday to pass legislation to designate lynching as a federal hate crime.

Why it matters: Congress has tried and failed for over 100 years to pass measures to make lynching a federal crime.

This year's census may be the toughest count yet

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Community leaders are concerned that historically hard-to-count residents will be even harder to count in this year's census, thanks to technological hurdles and increased distrust in government.

Why it matters: The census — which will count more than 330 million people this year — determines how $1.5 trillion in federal funding gets allocated across state and local governments. Inaccurate counts mean that communities don't get their fair share of those dollars.

Live updates: Coronavirus spreads to Latin America

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

Brazil confirmed the first novel coronavirus case in Latin America Wednesday — a 61-year-old that tested positive after returning from a visit to northern Italy, the epicenter of Europe's outbreak.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected over 81,000 others. By Wednesday morning, South Korea had the most cases outside China, with 1,261 infections. Europe's biggest outbreak is in Italy, where 374 cases have been confirmed.

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