Ex-Uber Engineer Accused of Spying on Tesla, Stealing Trade Secrets

The engineer at the heart of the upcoming Waymo vs Uber trial is facing dramatic new allegations of commercial wrongdoing, this time from a former nanny.

Erika Wong, who says she cared for Anthony Levandowski’s two children from December 2016 to June 2017, filed a lawsuit in California this month accusing him of breaking a long list of employment laws. The complaint alleges the failure to pay wages, labor and health code violations, and the intentional infliction of emotional distress, among other things.

Yet in this unusual 81-page complaint, Wong also claims knowledge of a large swath of Levandowski’s personal and business dealings. She does so in great detail, including dozens of overheard names, the license-plate numbers of cars she observed at a Levandowski property, and an extensive list of the BDSM gear she claims he kept in his bedroom.

Though the lawsuit contains some obvious inaccuracies—such as stating that Levandowski is a resident of Oakland County, California, which read more

A Child Abuse Prediction Model Fails Poor Families

It’s late November 2016, and I’m squeezed into the far corner of a long row of gray cubicles in the call screening center for the Allegheny County Office of Children, Youth and Families (CYF) child neglect and abuse hotline. I’m sharing a desk and a tiny purple footstool with intake screener Pat Gordon. We’re both studying the Key Information and Demographics System (KIDS), a blue screen filled with case notes, demographic data, and program statistics. We are focused on the records of two families: both are poor, white, and living in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Both were referred to CYF by a mandated reporter, a professional who is legally required to report any suspicion that a child may be at risk of harm from their caregiver. Pat and I are competing to see if we can guess how a new predictive risk model the county is using to forecast child abuse and neglect, called the Allegheny Family Screening Tool (AFST), will score them.

The stakes are high. According to the read more

Facebook’s Adam Mosseri on Why You’ll See Less Video, More From Friends

Facebook on Thursday announced sweeping changes to the way it plans to manage the newsfeed, the front door to the service for its 2 billion monthly users. Under the new regime, Facebook says users will see more content from friends and family, and less from brands and publishers. The new algorithm also will favor content that draws a lot of comments over posts that are popular, but don’t elicit comments.

Fred Vogelstein sat down with Adam Mosseri, Facebook’s vice-president in charge of newsfeed, to discuss the changes and why Facebook thinks they are necessary. Edited excerpts follow:

FRED VOGELSTEIN: Tell me about the announcement.

ADAM MOSSERI: So what we’re talking about is a ranking change where we’re trying to focus or trying to look at how we might help—or use ranking to help people become closer together, connect people more. Newsfeed was founded—or Facebook was founded in a lot of ways—to connect people. So we want to see if we can do that better.

So what we’re read more

New story in Business from Time: Jeff Bezos Has Already Made About $10 Billion in 2018

Jeff Bezos, already the world’s richest man, has gotten even wealthier recently—adding an eye-popping $10 billion to his net worth in less than two weeks.

According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Jeff Bezos’s net worth was $99 billion on New Year’s Day 2018. One week later, Bezos hit the $105 billion mark, making the Amazon founder and CEO richer than Microsoft founder Bill Gates had ever been, at least in nominal terms.

As of the close of the stock market on Friday, Bezos’s net worth hit the $109 billion mark, according to Forbes. In other words, Bezos has made $10 billion so far in 2018—and we’re not even two weeks into the year.

Jeff Bezos’s wealth is based mostly on his ownership of Amazon stock. And Amazon shares have climbed steeply in 2018, adding a mind-blowing $1 billion per day to Bezos’s net worth this week alone. On Friday, Amazon stock rose by more than 2%, topping $1,305 per share. That’s up from around $1,170 read more

New story in Business from Time: Jeff Bezos Has Already Made About $10 Billion in 2018

Jeff Bezos, already the world’s richest man, has gotten even wealthier recently—adding an eye-popping $10 billion to his net worth in less than two weeks.

According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Jeff Bezos’s net worth was $99 billion on New Year’s Day 2018. One week later, Bezos hit the $105 billion mark, making the Amazon founder and CEO richer than Microsoft founder Bill Gates had ever been, at least in nominal terms.

As of the close of the stock market on Friday, Bezos’s net worth hit the $109 billion mark, according to Forbes. In other words, Bezos has made $10 billion so far in 2018—and we’re not even two weeks into the year.

Jeff Bezos’s wealth is based mostly on his ownership of Amazon stock. And Amazon shares have climbed steeply in 2018, adding a mind-blowing $1 billion per day to Bezos’s net worth this week alone. On Friday, Amazon stock rose by more than 2%, topping $1,305 per share. That’s up from around $1,170 read more

New story in Business from Time: Jeff Bezos Has Already Made About $10 Billion in 2018

Jeff Bezos, already the world’s richest man, has gotten even wealthier recently—adding an eye-popping $10 billion to his net worth in less than two weeks.

According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Jeff Bezos’s net worth was $99 billion on New Year’s Day 2018. One week later, Bezos hit the $105 billion mark, making the Amazon founder and CEO richer than Microsoft founder Bill Gates had ever been, at least in nominal terms.

As of the close of the stock market on Friday, Bezos’s net worth hit the $109 billion mark, according to Forbes. In other words, Bezos has made $10 billion so far in 2018—and we’re not even two weeks into the year.

Jeff Bezos’s wealth is based mostly on his ownership of Amazon stock. And Amazon shares have climbed steeply in 2018, adding a mind-blowing $1 billion per day to Bezos’s net worth this week alone. On Friday, Amazon stock rose by more than 2%, topping $1,305 per share. That’s up from around $1,170 read more

New story in Business from Time: Jeff Bezos Has Already Made About $10 Billion in 2018

Jeff Bezos, already the world’s richest man, has gotten even wealthier recently—adding an eye-popping $10 billion to his net worth in less than two weeks.

According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Jeff Bezos’s net worth was $99 billion on New Year’s Day 2018. One week later, Bezos hit the $105 billion mark, making the Amazon founder and CEO richer than Microsoft founder Bill Gates had ever been, at least in nominal terms.

As of the close of the stock market on Friday, Bezos’s net worth hit the $109 billion mark, according to Forbes. In other words, Bezos has made $10 billion so far in 2018—and we’re not even two weeks into the year.

Jeff Bezos’s wealth is based mostly on his ownership of Amazon stock. And Amazon shares have climbed steeply in 2018, adding a mind-blowing $1 billion per day to Bezos’s net worth this week alone. On Friday, Amazon stock rose by more than 2%, topping $1,305 per share. That’s up from around $1,170 read more

New story in Business from Time: Jeff Bezos Has Already Made About $10 Billion in 2018

Jeff Bezos, already the world’s richest man, has gotten even wealthier recently—adding an eye-popping $10 billion to his net worth in less than two weeks.

According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Jeff Bezos’s net worth was $99 billion on New Year’s Day 2018. One week later, Bezos hit the $105 billion mark, making the Amazon founder and CEO richer than Microsoft founder Bill Gates had ever been, at least in nominal terms.

As of the close of the stock market on Friday, Bezos’s net worth hit the $109 billion mark, according to Forbes. In other words, Bezos has made $10 billion so far in 2018—and we’re not even two weeks into the year.

Jeff Bezos’s wealth is based mostly on his ownership of Amazon stock. And Amazon shares have climbed steeply in 2018, adding a mind-blowing $1 billion per day to Bezos’s net worth this week alone. On Friday, Amazon stock rose by more than 2%, topping $1,305 per share. That’s up from around $1,170 read more

New story in Business from Time: Jeff Bezos Has Already Made About $10 Billion in 2018

Jeff Bezos, already the world’s richest man, has gotten even wealthier recently—adding an eye-popping $10 billion to his net worth in less than two weeks.

According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Jeff Bezos’s net worth was $99 billion on New Year’s Day 2018. One week later, Bezos hit the $105 billion mark, making the Amazon founder and CEO richer than Microsoft founder Bill Gates had ever been, at least in nominal terms.

As of the close of the stock market on Friday, Bezos’s net worth hit the $109 billion mark, according to Forbes. In other words, Bezos has made $10 billion so far in 2018—and we’re not even two weeks into the year.

Jeff Bezos’s wealth is based mostly on his ownership of Amazon stock. And Amazon shares have climbed steeply in 2018, adding a mind-blowing $1 billion per day to Bezos’s net worth this week alone. On Friday, Amazon stock rose by more than 2%, topping $1,305 per share. That’s up from around $1,170 read more

New story in Business from Time: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Just Gave $33 Million to a Scholarship Fund for ‘Dreamers’

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, have donated $33 million to a scholarship fund for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children — the biggest grant in the organization’s history.

TheDream.US is the largest scholarship program in the country for participants in the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program (DACA), who are often called Dreamers. The scholarship helps Dreamers who might otherwise be unable to afford college. Undocumented immigrants are not eligible for federal grants or loans, and they are precluded from state aid and in-state tuition rates in many states.

Bezos — whose net worth is $108 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index — is now the world’s richest person. His donation will fund college scholarships for 1,000 DACA recipients, TheDream.US said Friday.

“My dad came to the U.S. when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan,” Jeff Bezos said in a read more