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April 8, 2017 3:27 AM Uber says its self-driving technology differs from Waymo's

Uber Technologies Inc said on Friday its self-driving sensor technology was "fundamentally different" from Waymo's, blasting the Alphabet Inc unit's claim that it profited from stolen files in the race to roll out the first driverless car. Uber said in a federal court filing that 14,000 of Waymo's computer files on autonomous technology never ended up on its servers 22

April 8, 2017 2:23 AM Facing a Self-Driving Smackdown, Uber Opts for Damage Control

The allegations are spicy, the insinuations downright fiery. In a lawsuit filed last month in San Francisco, Google’s autonomous vehicle spinoff Waymo accuses former engineer Anthony Levandowski of stealing 14,000 pages of intellectual property and trade secrets, then using them to launch his robotruck startup, Otto. Just four months later, Uber acquired 24

April 7, 2017 10:44 PM Uber Fires Back at Google-Brought Lawsuit

Uber responded Friday to a lawsuit filed by Waymo, the Google self-driving project that spun out to become a business under Alphabet, calling it meritless and "demonstrably false." The response was Uber's latest effort to prevent a judge in a high-stakes lawsuit from stopping the development of Uber's own self-driving car technology. The ride-hailing 24

April 7, 2017 10:42 PM Will Trump get a post-strike bounce?

Recent history suggests the Syria airstrike's effect on the president's popularity is contingent on what comes next. Don’t expect Thursday’s airstrike on Syria to move the dial on President Donald Trump’s historically low approval ratings — not for now, at least. Recent history suggests that any “rally ‘round the flag” effect on Trump’s popularity is contingent 50

April 7, 2017 5:42 PM Thousands of anti-Zuma protesters march across South Africa Add to ..

Tens of thousands of South Africans have marched in cities and towns to demand the resignation of President Jacob Zuma, deepening the country’s crisis on a day when its credit rating was downgraded to junk status by another major agency. The anti-Zuma protests were the biggest in South Africa in years. The government estimated that about 60,000 protesters 21

April 7, 2017 3:12 PM Soldiers need salary increase

Some of the issues I discuss about the BDF do generally apply to all the armed forces including the Botswana Police Service, Prisons and Rehabilitation Service and the Directorate of Intelligence and Security Service (DISS). I have elected to address the universal issue of salaries. Even though I will be making much reference on the BDF, the truth of the matter 65

April 7, 2017 3:09 PM Botswana’s foreign policy and war criminals

George Bush was said to be on visit to push some “philanthropic agenda” which includes among other things the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, which is a global partnership to fight women’s cancers and the Bush First Ladies Initiative, which engages and supports first ladies from around the world to effectively use their unique platforms to advance issues of women 51

April 7, 2017 4:00 AM National referendum on Constitution needed

Very little attention was paid to this important document until the late Gomolemo Motswaledi was suspended from the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), an organisation he so dearly loved and served with passion. The matter ended up in the High Court and the Judges pronounced that the President cannot be sued when he is still in office, an announcement 30

April 7, 2017 4:00 AM I was freed by a police officer

Instead, Ontsheketse Marothodi stunned court when he told Magistrate Ishmael Molobe that he was told by a police officer who was escorting him to go home and not return to prison. Marothodi was responding to prosecutor Gasemotho Pitlagano who had earlier said Marothodi has been on the run from the law for five years. Pitlagano also said Marothodi was incarcerated 35

April 7, 2017 1:15 AM Australian Watchdog Sues Apple Over Disabling iPhones

Australia's consumer watchdog has sued Apple alleging it used a software update to disable iPhones that had cracked screens fixed by third parties. The U.S. technology giant "bricked"—or disabled with a software update—hundreds of smartphones and tablet devices, and then refused to unlock them on the grounds that customers had had the devices serviced 9