Sep 14, 2017

Waymo drops remaining patent claim against Uber

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On Wednesday evening, Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving car unit, dropped its remaining patent infringement claim against Uber, which pertained to a LiDAR device named "Fuji," according to court documents. The move came after the ride-hailing company agreed to further redesign the device so that it doesn't resemble the patent.

  • In July, Waymo dropped all but this patent claim against Uber's Fuji device. It also dropped all patent claims against another device, named "Spider," after Uber promised it was no longer using it in its self-driving car development, though it's reserved the right to bring those claims back should this change.
  • Waymo spokesman: "Our goal from the beginning has been to stop Uber from using stolen Waymo technology and so we are pleased Uber is removing the design that infringes one of Waymo's patents... This agreement has no bearing on our trade secret claims..."

The case is scheduled to go on trial next month.

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Assault weapons ban dies in Virginia Senate despite Democratic control

Gun-rights ralliers at a protest outside the Virginia Capitol Building in January. Photo ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP via Getty Images.

An assault weapons ban died in the Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday despite a Democratic majority in the assembly, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: Democrats flipped the Virginia House and Senate last year after campaigning hard on gun control. The assault weapons bill would have banned future transfers and sales of all assault weapons in the state.

What we know: Deadly Storm Dennis whips at England, Wales and Ireland

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At least two deaths are being attributed to Storm Dennis on Monday as it continues to strike at parts of England, Wales and Ireland, per AccuWeather.

The big picture: Dennis is the second-strongest nontropical storm ever recorded in the North Atlantic Ocean. Its hurricane-force winds and heavy rains have caused widespread flooding across the United Kingdom. The army has been deployed in the U.K. to help with flood relief.

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Coronavirus cases rise as 14 American evacuees infected

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's NHC; Note: China refers to mainland China and the Diamond Princess is the cruise ship offshore Yokohama, Japan. Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

14 Americans evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship tested positive for the novel coronavirus before being flown in a "specialist containment" on a plane repatriating U.S. citizens back home, the U.S. government said early Monday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 1,775 people and infected more than 70,000 others. Most cases and all but five of the deaths have occurred in mainland China.

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