Apr 10, 2017

Waymo pushes back on Uber's request to move lawsuit to arbitration

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Alphabet's self-driving car unit is pushing back on Uber's request to move a trade secret lawsuit to arbitration. While the ride-hailing company is citing an employment contract's arbitration clause as justification, Waymo says in new court documents that none of the parties in the case signed that contract.

Uber's arbitration request: On March 16, Uber told a federal judge that it will seek to move the lawsuit to private arbitration because Waymo's claims center around the actions of a former employee and his employment contract with Alphabet included an arbitration clause.

Why it matters: It's the latest turn in the ongoing court battle between the two companies over whether a top Uber employee inappropriately used Alphabet's proprietary information. Uber wants to move the lawsuit to arbitration where proceedings aren't out in the public and it doesn't have to worry about making company information widely available.

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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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