Aug 16, 2017

Uber releases the Travis Kalanick and Anthony Levandowski text messages

Tony Avelar / AP

No good legal dispute these days is complete without a good string of private text messages between the key players. On Friday, after several complaints from Waymo, Uber finally submitted to the court scores of pages of messages between former CEO Travis Kalanick, and Anthony Levandowski, the former Uber and Alphabet employee at the center of the dispute.

Background: After Levandowski left Waymo in early 2016, he started his own self-driving truck company, which Uber acquired several months later. Waymo says the whole thing was a plot to steal and use Waymo's trade secrets.

Takeaway: The exchanges provide a glimpse into the relationship between two men, bonded over their ambition to "take over the world... [o]ne robot at a time," as well as their big worries at the time: completing their secret acquisition and staying ahead of competitors. Key excerpts: On a DMV investigation into Otto, which Levandowski was then running out of his home in Palo Alto: 4/22/2016 Levandowski: Just wrapped with the DMV. it was the city of Palo Alto freaking out about AV trucks testing and were asked to investigate. The guys were happy with our answer and were in the clear. On competition from Google parent Alphabet: Both Kalanick and Levandowski had ongoing concerns about competition from Alphabet and its multiple relevant units like self-driving car unit Waymo and navigation app Waze. This growing competition led to Alphabet chief legal officer David Drummond's departure from Uber's board in August 2016. 5/18/2016 Levandowski: This scares the shit out of me: http://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/android-auto-waze 6/13/2016 Kalanick: Just go word from Drummond that g-co [Uber-Alphabet partnership] is out 6/13/2016 Levandowski: Wow, at least now we know it's a zero sum game On competition with Tesla: In October 2016, Tesla announced its new cars would come with all the sensors necessary for full autonomous driving (pending future software upgrades to activate the full capabilities). 9/22/2016 Levandowski: Yo! I'm back at 80%, super pumped… we've got to start calling Elon on his shit. I'm not on social media but let's start "faketesla" and start give phyiscs lessons about stupid shit Elon says like this. 10/20/2016 Levandowski: Elon is going to make going to [self driving] not as big of a scary thing for the public... which should be good 10/20/2016 Kalanick: Got to get software runnin 10/20/2016 Levandowski: Amen

Go deeper

Joe Biden places second in Nevada caucuses, ahead of Pete Buttigieg

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden a Nevada Caucus watch party in Las Vegas on Saturday. Photo: Ronda Churchill/AFP via Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden secured second place in the Nevada Democratic caucuses with former Southbend Mayor Pete Buttigieg third, according to NBC News projections Sunday.

By the numbers: With almost 88% of precincts reporting, Biden has 20.9% of the Nevada votes and Buttigieg has 13.6%.

Flashback: Bernie Sanders wins Nevada caucuses

Editor's note: This is a developing news story. Please check back for updates.

Sanders reveals free childcare plan for preschoolers

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally on Saturday in El Paso, Texas. Photo: Cengiz Yar/Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders announced on CBS' "60 Minutes" Sunday a new plan to guarantee free child care and pre-kindergarten to all American children from infancy to age four.

Details: In the wide-ranging interview, Sanders told Anderson Cooper he planned to pay for universal childcare with a wealth tax. "It's taxes on billionaires," he said.

Exclusive: Trump's "Deep State" hit list

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photos: WPA Pool/Getty Pool, Drew Angerer/Getty Staff

The Trump White House and its allies, over the past 18 months, assembled detailed lists of disloyal government officials to oust — and trusted pro-Trump people to replace them — according to more than a dozen sources familiar with the effort who spoke to Axios.

Driving the news: By the time President Trump instructed his 29-year-old former body man and new head of presidential personnel to rid his government of anti-Trump officials, he'd gathered reams of material to support his suspicions.