Tech News Today: Episode 1778 (Video)

Uber has fired Anthony Levandowski, its VP of technology and the former head of its self-driving car effort. The decision to fire the engineer/executive came after Levandowski decided to plead the fifth and not offer any evidence or testimony defending himself or Uber in a lawsuit filed by Levandowski’s previous employer, Google’s Waymo.

Andy Rubin, the father of Android, unveiled the Essential Phone, with premium specs, a titanium body and ceramic back, pure android, a near bezel-less screen design, and magnetic pins on the back for modular expansion. The Essential Phone is currently up for preorder for $699. Hosted by Jason Howell, Nathan Olivarez-Giles. Guests: Alison Griswold.

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