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Kalanick: Uber didn’t try to steal Waymo self-driving car secrets

Former Uber chief Travis Kalanick was clear in his second day on the stand: There was no plot to steal self-driving car designs from rival Waymo. During Kalanick’s testimony on Wednesday, Waymo sought to portray the ex-CEO as so eager to improve Uber’s lagging autonomous car business that he forged a deal to acquire a self-driving startup and hire its visionary founder without properly assessing the risks. In his testimony, Kalanick acknowledged that he was initially smitten by Anthony Levandowski, describing him as “incredibly visionary, a very good technologist, and … also very charming.” He testified that he began negotiations with the engineer in 2015 to try to hire him, frustrated by the slow pace of Uber’s own self- ...