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Waymo accuses Otto and Uber of stealing LiDAR designs

Alphabet’s Waymo gave us more background on their lawsuit against Otto and Uber today:

“…we received an unexpected email. One of our suppliers specializing in LiDAR components sent us an attachment (apparently inadvertently) of machine drawings of what was purported to be Uber’s LiDAR circuit board — except its design bore a striking resemblance to Waymo’s unique LiDAR design.

We found that six weeks before his resignation this former employee, Anthony Levandowski, downloaded over 14,000 highly confidential and proprietary design files for Waymo’s various hardware systems, including designs of Waymo’s LiDAR and circuit board. To gain access to Waymo’s design server, Mr. Levandowski searched for and installed specialized software onto his company-issued laptop. Once inside, he downloaded 9.7 GB of Waymo’s highly confidential files and trade secrets, including blueprints, design files and testing documentation. Then he connected an external drive to the laptop. Mr. Levandowski then wiped and reformatted the laptop in an attempt to erase forensic fingerprints.

Beyond Mr. Levandowki’s actions, we discovered that other former Waymo employees, now at Otto and Uber, downloaded additional highly confidential information pertaining to our custom-built LiDAR including supplier lists, manufacturing details and statements of work with highly technical information.”

Trudeau Urged to take Rejected U.S. Tech Workers

Bloomberg reports that Canadian CEOs are urging Trudeau to take rejected U.S. Tech Workers:

“…dozens of Canada’s tech chief executive officers including Shopify Inc.’s Tobi Lutke, an immigrant from Germany, and Hootsuite Media Inc.’s Ryan Holmes signed a letter asking Canada to offer immediate entry visas to those hit by the order.”

Trump’s actions are already helping the USA lose its status as a magnet for the world’s talent.

Management Consultant Raises Significantly Dropped in 2016

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Charles Aris interviewed 3500 consultants and recently released their 2017 Strategy Consulting Compensation Study.

Here are a few notes of interest:

After two years in as a Management Consultant, a Class of 2014 MBA grad averaged $215,708 in total compensation. According to the 2014 census data, this puts them in the top 5% of household income in the United States.

The Bad: On average, raises significantly dropped from 18% to 11% in 2016. Although it was another year of record setting earnings, some firms experienced a slow down.

The Good: For Management Consultants transitioning into corporate roles, they can look forward to a comparable base salary and even higher total compensation. With that said, the finding should be treated as directional, since it is only based on anecdotal data.

Below you will find 2016 corporate offer ranges*, at the 25th, 50th and 75th percentiles, for each MBA graduation year:

Corporate Offer Ranges

 

Facebook Adds Security Key Support

On January 26, 2017, Facebook announced support for U2F Security Keys:

Starting today, you can register a physical security key to your account so that the next time you log in after enabling login approvals, you’ll simply tap a small hardware device that goes in the USB drive of your computer. Security keys can be purchased through companies like Yubico, and the keys support the open Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) standard hosted by the FIDO Alliance.

Two-factor authentication can protect you against phishing scams, but U2F Security Keys hardens this protection.

California Could go Rouge and Cut Off Funds to the Fed

California Governor Jerry Brown

CBS’ local affiliate, KPIX, reports that:

Officials are looking for money that flows through Sacramento to the federal government that could be used to offset the potential loss of billions of dollars’ worth of federal funds if President Trump makes good on his threat to punish cities and states that don’t cooperate with federal agents’ requests to turn over undocumented immigrants, a senior government source in Sacramento said.

California is among a handful of so-called “donor states,” which pay more in taxes to the federal Treasury than they receive in government funding.