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Trump pardons convicted ex-Google engineer Anthony Levandowski

Trump pardons convicted ex-Google engineer Anthony Levandowski
Anthony Levandowski In Court For Bond Hearing After Being Charged With Stealing Google Trade Secrets
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One of President Trump’s final acts in office is to pardon a former Google engineer who was convicted of stealing trade secrets. Anthony Levandowski worked for Google’s self-driving car division, now called Waymo, before leaving to found Otto, a self-driving truck company that was acquired by Uber. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison in August, with judge William Alsup describing the incident as the “biggest trade secret crime I have ever seen.”

Levandowski was found to have downloaded thousands of files to his laptop before he left Google and entered into sale discussions. Uber ultimately fired him after Google sued, and Levandowski remains in a legal battle with the ride-hailing company, claiming it should be liable for the $179…

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