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Crunch Report | Quora Valued At Around $1.8B

Crunch Report 4/21 Today’s Stories  Q&A app Quora valued around $1.8 billion in $85 million fundraise Elon Musk’s Neuralink wants to turn cloud-based AI into an extension of our brains Duolingo launches paid subscriptions as it experiments with new ways to monetize its service Snap acquires the crucial geofilter patent from Mobli for a record $7.7M Credits Written and Hosted by: Anthony Ha… Read More
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Google car spin-off says Uber is involved in a 'cover up' and is 'hiding a device'

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Uber’s star engineer Anthony Levandowski was “enticed” to copy valuable technology from Google and is now involved in a “cover up” to hide a device based on that technology, according to a new legal filing by Google’s self-driving car unit Waymo.

The device in question is a Lidar unit, the radar sensor that self-driving cars use to map their surroundings. 

Uber allowed Waymo to inspect two Lidar devices after it was sued in February for allegedly stealing Waymo’s Lidar design. 

But Waymo now says there is an entirely different version of the device that Uber is hiding somewhere. 

In a court filing on Friday, Waymo claims that it found evidence that Uber has “misrepresented” its Lidar designs to the court after it deposed several Uber engineers who admitted to having a second prototype. Uber’s case so-far has been to argue that its Lidar design, nicknamed Fuji, is entirely different from Waymo’s. 

missing LidarWhile Waymo contends that Uber has another Lidar unit, an Uber spokesperson told Business Insider that the initial concept never even made it to the point where it could have infringed on a patent and it was never a device or a secret. Furthermore, the abandoned design is not the one Uber is currently developing for use on its self-driving cars, an Uber spokesperson said. 

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Waymo wants Levandowski, a former Google engineer who now runs to Uber’s self-driving car program, to be banned from running the unit that he remains in charge of to this day. A hearing for the preliminary injunction is scheduled for May 3.

“Uber has taken, copied, and used Waymo’s technology,” Waymo’s lawyers wrote in the heavily-redacting filing. “This, along with Uber’s subsequent cover-up and violations of this Court’s orders, shows the need for an injunction in this case.”

The trade-secrets case is shaping up to be one of the most significant and closely watched battles in Silicon Valley in years, pitting two of the world’s most powerful companies, and former partners, against each other.

Levandowski, who was also deposed by Waymo, took the Fifth Amendment to avoid self-incrimination on every question except six basic questions about his name and education.

SEE ALSO: UBER RESPONDS: Google claims about stolen technology are a total ‘misfire’

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Adidas is getting serious about making sneakers from ocean waste

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Adidas is getting serious about its sustainability initiatives and showing that going green doesn’t have to make customers blue.

With new ocean-inspired coloring, Adidas is releasing “Parley” versions of its most popular Boost running shoes: the Ultraboost, Ultraboost X, and Ultraboost Uncaged. 

Parley is Adidas’ partner in the Parley A.I.R Strategy, which turns ocean plastic waste into thread that is woven into running shoes. Each shoe uses an average of 11 plastic bottles per pair and incorporates recycled plastic into the shoe’s laces, heel webbing, heel lining, and sock liner covers.

“The new additions to the adidas x Parley collection are another step in our journey to creating one million pairs of Ultraboost from up-cycled marine plastic,” Mathias Amm, a product category director at Adidas, said in a statement.

Adidas previously released an ocean plastic waste sneaker, but it was a limited release and more of a proof of concept. These new Boost sneakers are a step forward as Adidas seeks to use more sustainable materials moving forward in its regular offerings.

Adidas reiterated its commitment to green materials in its recently released sustainability report, which highlighted that the company is on track to use 100% sustainable cotton by next year. It also said that it saved 70 million plastic shopping bags by switching to paper bags in its stores, and it detailed a commitment to make the new Adidas MLS uniforms with Parley recycled plastic.

The shoes will be available for sale online and in select Adidas stores May 10. 

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Q&A app Quora valued around $1.8 billion in $85 million fundraise

 Quora just became the unicorn of subjective human knowledge. After eight years carefully cultivating an intelligent question and answer community, it’s just raised an $85 million Series D round co-led by Collaborative Fund and Y Combinator’s Continuity Fund. Read More

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A Week with Microsoft Edge: The only browser to stream Netflix content in 4K

This week, we’ve shared a new video and blog post every day to introduce you to the best of Microsoft Edge, and, in our final post today, we’re talking all about entertainment.

Did you know Microsoft Edge is the only browser that enables you to stream 4k Ultra HD Netflix movies and TV shows*, and the only browser on Windows 10 to support Dolby Digital Plus audio format natively? We also designed Microsoft Edge to deliver more battery life when unplugged – without any special battery saving mode or changes to default settings – so you can stream content longer than on other browsers, giving you more time to binge-watch your favorite show without hunting for an outlet.

Here are some tips for getting the most out of entertainment with Microsoft Edge:

You can catch up on other blog posts in this week’s series below.

Thanks for tuning in this week to learn more about Microsoft Edge!

*4K Ultra HD exclusivity is limited to PC’s. 4K Ultra HD works in both Microsoft Edge and Netflix app. Only 7th Gen Intel Core processor devices can decrypt 4K DRM. Netflix Ultra HD plan required.

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The augmented reality gold rush is afoot

 Who will be the Pixar of AR? Someone oughta be rounding up Hollywood special effects engineers and animated character designers to build an augmented reality content startup. This week’s launch of Facebook’s Camera Effects platform means there are suddenly 1.8 billion people waiting to be entertained by digital overlays on the real world. Read More

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New partnership makes Google Play Music the default on all Samsung devices, with double the storage capacity

 Samsung and Google today announced a new partnership that will make Google Play Music the default music player and music service including on new Samsung phone and tablets worldwide, starting with the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The deal comes with an added bonus for Samsung users – they’ll be able to upload up to 100,000 of their own songs to Google Play Music for free. This… Read More

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A CEO names to Forbes' 30 Under 30 kicks off every job interview with a challenge that often 'catches people off guard'

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When SunCulture CEO Samir Ibrahim talks about his job, he likes to use bowling terms.

“You know when you go bowling, the bowling alley has bumpers on each lane?” he said. “I hire the best people, show them where the pins are, and then I just act as their bumpers.”

As a result, Ibrahim, who was named one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30” in 2017, takes a hands-on role in his organization’s hiring process. Founded in 2013, SunCulture sells drip irrigation systems to Kenyan farmers, saving water and generating clean electricity.

Ibrahim extensively interviews all potential direct reports at the Nairobi-based startup, sometimes clocking in over 40 hours of conversations with individuals interviewing for certain crucial positions.

For many of those interviews, Ibrahim prefers to kick things off with a challenge.

“I like to start interviews by asking people to tell me about themselves without talking about work,” he said. “Surprisingly, this catches people off guard, and their response usually shows how personable they are.”

When it comes to hiring process, Ibrahim says that personality, along with “a desire to build something meaningful,” is crucial.

He also has the following advice for job seekers, especially those who are just starting out in their careers.

“Think about what it is that you want to be remembered for,” Ibrahim said. “Really think about it. That’s your North Star. Now make sure everything you do gets you closer to your North Star.”

SEE ALSO: A former LinkedIn VP who’s hired 3,000 people says if you hate networking, you’re probably doing it wrong

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10 gut-wrenching pleas from astronauts to save planet Earth

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Floating hundreds of miles above Earth, astronauts have an unparalleled and beautiful view of the planet.

But that view also lets them look down on the devastating effects of climate change, wildfires, war, pollution, and other troubling human-caused activity.

That’s why astronauts from around (and above) the world contributed to a 2015 video titled “Call to Earth,” which urged world leaders to take action ahead of the Paris Agreement.

The collection of pleas is not only inspiring, but also sobering: If we don’t clean up our act, and fast, we could irreversibly destroy the only home we’ve got.

Here are the some of the most salient quotes from the video.

SEE ALSO: 25 photos that prove you’re a stowaway on a tiny, fragile spaceship we call Earth

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It’s amazing how fragile the atmosphere looks from space, said American astronaut Mary Cleave. All we have is a thin film of air to protect us.

“When you look at your planet from space, it’s beautiful, fragile, and there’s this little thin layer all the way around: our atmosphere. And that’s the only thing that protects us from the really bad vacuum in outer space. This little fragile layer, the atmosphere, is part of our life support system. We need to be really careful with it.” —Mary Cleave

That atmosphere is something we all share.

“Our atmosphere connects us all. What happens in Africa affects North America. What happens in North America affects Asia.” —Dan Barry, American astronaut

Views from space show the destruction humans have caused since the dawn of the industrial age.

“Less than 550 humans have orbited the Earth. Those of us lucky enough to have done so more than once have not only heard about the negative impact that the industrial age has had on our planet, we’ve seen it with our own eyes.” —Michael López-Alegría, American astronaut

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This all-electric jet takes off like a helicopter and can reach speeds of 180mph

The world’s first zero-emissions electric plane has taken off for the first time. Lilium flew a 2-seater prototype which they are hoping to develop into a 5-seater air-taxi. 

The jet has 36 engines and 12 moveable flaps.

The company want it to be an alternative to cars in inner cities in the future. They want to develop it so it flies for 200 miles at 180 mph.

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