Google Allo’s desktop client is in the works

Google just can’t stop when it comes to messaging apps. While its texting software for Android has a new name, the AI-powered Allo is coming to a new platform soon. VP Nick Fox teased a desktop web client for the service in a tweet, while saying that it’s “still in early development.” Competing services like Facebook Messenger offer access to their smarts across platforms, so it’s logical that Allo, which launched on Android last September, should as well.

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Mavs waive D-Will; Cavs in play, sources say

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DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks have waived Deron Williams, and sources told ESPN that even though multiple teams are interested in his services, he has set his sights on the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Williams has made it known he intends to sign with Cleveland once he clears waivers, league sources told ESPN.

The Mavericks will pay Williams the roughly $2.5 million left on his contract, sources told ESPN. Besides the Cavaliers, the Utah Jazz, among other teams, are expected to express interest. It’s expected that it will take Williams around 48 hours to clear waivers.

Mavericks deal Bogut, Anderson to 76ers for Noel

The Dallas Mavericks have traded center Andrew Bogut to the Philadelphia 76ers for forward Nerlens Noel. The Sixers also acquire guard Justin Anderson in the deal.

Dallas is preparing for rookie Yogi Ferrell to take the reins as the starting point guard, according to sources.

The Mavs held Williams out of practice the past two days while attempting to trade him. He spent the past season and a half with Dallas, his hometown team, after the Brooklyn Nets bought out the final two seasons of his maximum contract for $27 million.

“It was great having Deron and his family back home in Dallas for the better part of 2 seasons,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said in a text message to reporters who cover the team. “At this time the decision has been made to focus on playing our young guys, and the organization felt that giving Deron the freedom to choose his next team was the right thing to do. Deron still plays at a high level and I believe he will be a difference-maker for a contending team down the stretch of this season. We wish him and his family the very best.”

Williams, 32, averaged 13.1 points and 6.9 assists this season but has been limited to 40 games because of injuries.

Cleveland coach Ty Lue was asked about Williams before the Cavs’ game against the New York Knicks on Thursday.

“I always liked D-Will,” Lue said. “He’s a good player. Anytime you have a guy who is an All-Star, he’s a great talent. So he can make the plays, he’s a great pick-and-roll player, he can shoot the basketball. He has size, so you can switch 1 through 4 with him defensively. He can post smaller guards. So I’ve always been a big fan of D-Will.”

Cavs general manager David Griffin would not address Williams specifically, but he did say Williams’ skill set aligns with what Cleveland would like to add with its final roster spot.

“Obviously, we have a great deal of interest, and we’ve said it for a long time, in a playmaker,” Griffin said. “I won’t speak to specific names, just because nobody’s free currently that’s out there for us to talk about. But obviously, the need for a playmaker still exists, and we hope in all of these cases that we’re the kind of organization and the kind of team that people want to be part of, and we feel that we’ll be competitive in that market for sure.”

The defending champs’ brain trust presented a calm outlook after a quiet trade deadline.

“I like our team right now. I love our team, actually,” Lue said. “I’m just focused on continuing to get better with our team that we have right now. We can’t sit back and wish and think that we can get something we can’t get. So I love our team, and I have to make sure we just keep getting better and better as we hit the playoffs.”

The Jazz expressed some interest in reacquiring Williams via trade, but talks never reached a serious stage, sources said. Williams’ 5½-season stint in Utah featured four playoff appearances and a trip to the 2007 Western Conference finals but ended with an awkward split when he was traded before the 2011 deadline.

Ferrell’s surprising emergence after joining Dallas on a 10-day contract helped make Williams expendable. With Williams nursing a toe injury, Ferrell averaged 15.3 points, 4.6 assists and 2.0 steals during a seven-game stint as a starter. Dallas went 5-2 during that span with wins over the San Antonio Spurs, Cavaliers and Jazz, highlighted by Ferrell’s 32-point performance in a victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Ferrell is an undrafted rookie out of Indiana. After his 10-day deal expired, the Mavs signed him to a contract that includes a team option at the minimum salary for next season.

Dallas reserve point guard J.J. Barea will miss at least three more games while recovering from a nagging calf strain. Carlisle said after Thursday’s practice that the Mavs would look at their options to sign a point guard to a 10-day contract to provide depth.

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Waymo: Uber stole our self-driving car tech

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Waymo, a self-driving car company owned by Google parent Alphabet, dropped a lawsuit on Uber on Thursday, alleging the ride-hailing company stole trade secrets to bolster its own autonomous car efforts.

The 28-page lawsuit focuses on Otto, a self-driving trucking company that Uber acquired last year. The suit charges that Anthony Levandowski, a former Google employee, downloaded 14,000 “highly confidential” files describing self-driving technology research and brought them to Otto, which he co-founded.

Parts of the lawsuit read like a spy novel. Waymo alleges Levandowski, who now works at Uber, used special software to access the files and reformatted his computer to cover his tracks. It says Uber used the information after it acquired Otto.

The lawsuit complicates the already-difficult relationship between the two companies. GV, Alphabet’s venture capital arm, invested in Uber in 2013. It was one of the firm’s most high-profile deals.

“Our parent company Alphabet has long worked with Uber in many areas, and we didn’t make this decision lightly,” Waymo said in a blog post. “However, given the overwhelming facts that our technology has been stolen, we have no choice but to defend our investment and development of this unique technology.”

“We take the allegations made against Otto and Uber employees seriously,” an Uber spokeswoman said. “We will review this matter carefully.”

Self-driving cars are a red-hot area of research in the automotive industry. Autonomous vehicles show the potential to greatly reduce or even eliminate the tens of thousands of deaths that occur on US roads every year. The technology may also reduce traffic jams, a major fuel and time waster in US cities. Equipment suppliers, start-ups and big tech companies, in addition to automakers, are all developing self-driving car technology.

Uber has been pursuing its own self-driving car research and pilot programs. Last year, it attempted to use self-driving cars to pick up passengers on San Francisco streets. The program was halted because the company didn’t have a permit to operate self-driving cars in California.

Waymo’s suit specifically calls out trade secrets related to “lidar” technology, laser arrays used in self-driving car research to detect objects in a car’s environment.

Waymo said it learned of the alleged theft after a vendor accidentally emailed a Waymo employee, with an attached diagram of an Uber lidar circuit board.

“This circuit board bears a striking resemblance to Waymo’s own highly confidential and proprietary design and reflects Waymo trade secrets,” the lawsuit said.

The suit charges that Levandowski went to great lengths to get the files then cover his tracks.

Levandowski downloaded “specialized software” to access the files, downloaded 9.7 gigabytes of confidential information, then transferred the data to an external hard drive.

After that, he installed a new operating system, “attempting to erase any forensic fingerprints,” the lawsuit said.

Read the rest of the lawsuit below. It’s a page turner.

First published Feb. 23, 3:25 p.m. PT.

Update, 5:54 p.m.: Adds background, material from the lawsuit.

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Acer is making an air quality monitor

Acer’s next project is a different type of monitor than you might expect from the company. It’s an air quality monitor, actually. No, wait; where are you going? “The Acer Air Monitor features a sleek and simple design, the device allows real-time monitoring of key air quality indicators through a dedicated app for smartphones, and by the changing colors of a breathing LED light embedded on the chassis,” the company said in a press release. It all sounds very exciting.

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Joel Embiid bids farewell to Nerlens Noel

Hours before Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, the Philadelphia 76ers struck a deal to send Nerlens Noel to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Andrew Bogut, Justin Anderson and a conditional first-round pick.

The idea of moving Noel had been rumored for months, and the Sixers decided to make it happen. Moments after hearing the news, Joel Embiid, who was at shootaround barefoot, hugged it out with Noel and gave a proper farewell.

Then Embiid, who has personally branded the “Trust the Process” slogan, shared a heartfelt tweet expressing how much he’ll miss his now-former teammate.

The two big men are expected to face each other March 17 when Noel makes his first return to the Wells Fargo Center as a Maverick.

— Josiah Turner

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How to watch LG’s G6 unveiling live

LG is stepping into the world’s biggest phone show with a new flagship handset, the LG G6.

The event, which takes place this Sunday, February 26 in Barcelona, will kick off the press day of Mobile World Congress. The fun begins at 12:00 noon Spanish time from the Sant Jordi Club, just next to the city’s Olympic Stadium. That’s 11 a.m. if you’re in the UK, but it’s more than a little early on a Sunday morning for US residents at 6:00 a.m. ET and 3:00 a.m. PT.

If you’re up and about, you can watch it on LG’s live stream above. And if you live elsewhere, here’s the start time for your place on the planet.



Though the official details of the G6 are still under wraps, LG has been releasing choice morsels about the phone over the past few weeks. CNET’s Lynn La expects it to have a bezel-less display with rounder edges, a waterproof design and Google Assistant AI software built in. But unlike the previous phone in the LG G family, the G5, the G6 won’t have a modular design.

CNET will be on the ground in Barcelona to bring you full coverage of the G6 in words, pictures and video so check back with us then.

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