July 27, 2021
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Why lawmakers are so interested in Apple’s and Google’s “rents”

Enlarge / Maybe this textbook is from the Ma Bell era? #ThanksStockGettyImages designer491 / Getty ImagesJosh Hawley had some questions about how Apple came up with the money to buy back $58 billion in stock over the past year. “I just want to focus on one major source of that income,” the Republican senator said to Apple’s lawyer. “It’s not innova...
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Google veteran pans Tesla Autopilot: “We were doing better in 2010”

Enlarge / Chris Urmson speaks onstage during the 2019 SXSW Conference on March 9, 2019 in Austin.Samantha Burkardt/Getty Images for SXSWFew people have been working on self-driving cars longer than Chris Urmson. Urmson played a key role on Carnegie Mellon's team in all three of DARPA's famous Grand Challenges between 2004 and 2007. He then led Goog...