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Uber sought a Google partnership before they became bitter rivals

Uber sought a Google partnership before they became bitter rivals
From Engadget - July 7, 2017

In one email from March of 2015, Kalanick reached out to Drummond after receiving information that Google would be launching a self-driving service in a few months. In it, Kalanick said, "We get stuff like this more than I would like. A meeting with Larry could calm this down if it's not true but he has been avoiding any meeting with me since last fall. Without any dialogue we get pushed into the assumption that Google is competing in the short term and has probably been planning to do so for quite a bit longer than has been let on. I hope I am wrong here, just need to do a meeting with Larry ASAP to get clarity and a mutual understanding of how to do a proper partnership here."

Kalanick did get his meeting with Page, but it's what happened after the meeting that Uber's attorneys want to depose Page about and why Uber filed the emails with the court. They claim that Page attended that meeting to discuss a potential partnership with Uber but later decided to compete with them instead. In their argument for a Page deposition, Uber's attorneys said, "Any such competitive business decisions are relevant to the issues in and motivations behind this lawsuit, and to damages."

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