SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] will pay $245 million worth of its own shares to Alphabet Inc’s Waymo self-driving vehicle unit to settle a legal dispute over trade secrets, allowing Uber’s new chief executive to move past one of the company’s most bruising public controversies.

The settlement announcement on Friday was made just before the fifth day of testimony was about to begin at a jury trial in San Francisco federal court.

Waymo sued Uber last year, saying that one of its former engineers who became chief

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