SAN FRANCISCO — The latest curveball in Waymo’s trade secrets lawsuit against rival Uber was the disclosure that employees at the ride-hail giant routinely used such messaging apps as Wickr and Telegram, where communications can be set to self-destruct. It’s one of the main reasons the trial, originally set to start Dec. 4, has been delayed until February.

Waymo has (perhaps unsurprisingly) made much of the revelation, which could add force to its prior claims that Uber intentionally destroyed evidence before and during the litigation. But even Uber’s new CEO seemed to suggest that the use of such apps was inappropriate when he took to Twitter to announce that he had put a stop to their use in September.

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