Kalanick tells court he 'wasn't aware' of Uber report that Levandowski had Google data on disks

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No, Kalanick said, "it's part of the fun of the game."

On cross-examination, Uber attorney Karen Dunn tried to put Kalanick's actions in a more positive light.

"Did you compete aggressively (for engineers) to get ahead in the race for self-driving cars?" she asked. Kalanick said yes.

To what extent, she asked, was Levandowski hired for trade secrets?

"To no extent at all," Kalanick said.

After Kalanick's appearance, two Uber executives testified that Levandowski had asked them to delete from their devices email and text messages to and from Levandowski. Kalanick had testified that he and Levandowski used Telegraph, an app whose main feature, like Snapchat, is erasing messages after they are read.

Earlier in the day, the judge allowed a clip of the 1987 movie "Wall Street" to be shown to the jury. The Waymo side sought the judge's blessing over Uber's objection. Levandowski had sent Kalanick a text message in March 2016 that included a link to the clip and said, "This is the speech you need to give," punctuated with a winky emoticon.

Kalanick sipped bottled water and watched along with the courtroom as actor Michael Douglas, playing corporate raider Gordon Gekko, fired up an adoring crowd with the immortal words, "Greed is good, greed is right, greed works."

The trial continues Thursday with testimony from lower-level Uber and Waymo executives.

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