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Keyssa, a startup that's been working on a chip for transferring large data without Wi-Fi or wires, has filed a trade secret theft lawsuit against Essential Products, the smartphone startup led by Android co-founder Andy Rubin, according to Reuters.

Keyssa alleges that the two companies were in conversations about Essential potentially using its technology for 10 months before it decided to use a competing chip from SiBEAM, a division of Lattice Semiconductor. However, Essential's implementation uses a lot of the techniques Keyssa has developed, says the company. Essential Products declined to comment to Reuters as it hasn't been served yet.

Old connection: Essential was co-founded by Andy Rubin, who co-created Android. Keyssa is in part funded by Tony Fadell, who first rose to prominence as the "godfather" of Apple's iPod (which led to the iPhone).

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President-elect Joe Biden has picked former FDA chief David Kessler to lead Operation Warp Speed, a day after unveiling a nearly $2 trillion pandemic relief plan that includes $400 billion for directly combatting the virus.

Why it matters: Biden's transition team said Kessler has been advising the president-elect since the beginning of the pandemic, and hopes his involvement will help accelerate vaccination, the New York Times reports. Operation Warp Speed's current director, Moncef Slaoui, will stay on as a consultant.

The case of the missing relief money

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A chunk of stimulus payments is missing in action, thanks to a mix up that put as many as 13 million checks into invalid bank accounts.

Why it matters: The IRS (by law) was supposed to get all payments out by Friday. Now the onus could shift to Americans to claim the money on their tax refund — further delaying relief to struggling, lower-income Americans.

The post-Trump GOP, gutted

McConnell (L), McCarthy (R) and Trump. Photo: Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images

Republicans will emerge from the Trump era gutted financially, institutionally and structurally.

The big picture: The losses are stark and substantial.