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Ex-Uber exec plead guilty to stealing trade secrets.

Anthony Levandowski could face prison time after pleading guilty on Thursday to stealing proprietary documents from Google, his former employer, before leaving to found Otto and later join Uber.


"I downloaded these files with the intent to use them for my own personal benefit, and I understand that I was not authorized to take the files for that purpose," Levandowski wrote in a court filing. His attorney, Miles Ehrlich, told the Washington Post that "we hope that this plea will allow him to move on with his life and focus his energies where they matter most."

Last month, a San Francisco court ordered Levandowski to pay $179 million to Google, after which he promptly filed for bankruptcy.

Martin Cooper with his original DynaTAC cell phone.

Photo: Ted Soqui/Getty Images

Martin Cooper helped invent one of the most consequential and successful products in history: the cell phone. And almost five decades after he made the first public cell phone call, on a 2-pound brick of a device called the DynaTAC, he's written a book about his career called "Cutting the Cord: The Cell Phone has Transformed Humanity." In it he tells the story of the cell phone's invention, and looks at how it has changed the world and will continue to do so.

Cooper came on the Source Code Podcast to talk about his time at Motorola, the process of designing the first-ever cell phone, whether today's tech giants are monopolies, and why he's bullish on the future of AI.

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David Pierce

David Pierce ( @pierce) is Protocol's editor at large. Prior to joining Protocol, he was a columnist at The Wall Street Journal, a senior writer with Wired, and deputy editor at The Verge. He owns all the phones.

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