Tag: Alphabet

ProBeat: Tech company expansions need to be less arrogant and more transparent

Amazon’s HQ2 beauty contest, which yesterday culminated with the company canceling its New York plans, will be analyzed and disseminated for years. It’s the perfect case study of how not to expand your corporate offices. But Amazon isn’t alone. The New York cancellation completely dwarfed another tidbit of news yesterday […]

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Alphabet said to be under scrutiny in India for antitrust violations

Google parent company Alphabet is reportedly being investigated by India’s antitrust body over its alleged abuse of the Android mobile platform. According to a Reuters India article published earlier today, citing four sources with knowledge of the matter, Google is being accused of unfairly using Android to hinder rival services. The Competition Commission of India […]

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Alphabet X lab spinoff Dandelion raises $16 million for home geothermal systems

Google parent company Alphabet’s secretive X lab has birthed many a spinoff, the newest of which is energy company Malta. It’s also responsible for Project Wing, the drone delivery service designed to improve access to goods, and Loon, a balloon network that beams internet service to remote areas — not […]

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Alphabet stock tumbles despite revenue increase of 23% in 2018

Google’s parent company Alphabet has reported what on the surface appear to be positive financial results for 2018, yet stocks in the company still fell 3% in after-hours trading. An operating margin 3% lower than the 24% posted in Q4 2017 and higher expenditure are considered to be reasons for the drop-off, but Alphabet remains […]

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Alphabet revenue grows to $39.28 billion, beating expectations

(Reuters) — Alphabet Inc’s fourth-quarter revenue and profit beat Wall Street’s expectations on Monday but sharply higher spending, as it added data centers and marketed its services heavily during the holidays, worried investors. The company’s shares, which have risen almost 17 percent over the past six weeks, fell 2.3 percent to […]

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French regulator orders Google to review search ads policies

(Reuters) — France’s competition regulator on Thursday ordered Alphabet’s Google to review its policies and procedures for blocking certain ads, saying that its actions against French firm Amadeus may have been anti-competitive. Google said it was reviewing the regulator’s order, made in a preliminary injunction. The dominant search engine in […]

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Google fined $57 million by French data privacy body

Google has been hit by a €50 million ($57 million) fine by French data privacy body CNIL (National Data Protection Commission) for failure to comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) regulations. The CNIL said that it was fining Google for “lack of transparency, inadequate information and lack of […]

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Shareholders sue Google for allegedly mishandling sexual harassment claims

In another chapter of the tumultuous goings-on within Google, one of Alphabet’s shareholders is suing the company, on behalf of itself, over the payouts given to Google executives who were accused of sexual misconduct. Filed yesterday in the San Mateo Superior Court, shareholder James Martin states in his complaint that the reason for the suit […]

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Customers compare the noise from Alphabet spinout Wing’s delivery drones to a chainsaw

Wing, a graduate of Google parent company Alphabet’s X R&D lab, aims to develop drones that might one day be used to deliver packages to customers’ doorsteps. The only problem? They’re too noisy. According to The Wall Street Journal, Wing’s parcel-carrying drones, which were deployed in a rural area of southeastern […]

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10 things to try with your new Google Home smart speaker

Hot dog: You’re the owner of a Google Home smart speaker. With Google Assistant inside and conversational AI, these speakers can do a great range of things. Here’s 10 worth trying, drawn from VentureBeat coverage over the course of the past year. For extra tips, check out last year’s list […]

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California grants Zoox first permit to transport passengers in driverless vehicles

(Reuters) — Self-driving car startup Zoox has become the first company to receive approval from California regulators to operate an autonomous ride service for public passengers, state regulators said on Friday. The California Public Utilities Commission said Silicon Valley-based Zoox is the first company to join a state pilot program in […]

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Biotech startup Relay Therapeutics raises $400 million from SoftBank, GV, others

Relay Therapeutics, a biotechnology startup that’s meshing computational power with the latest experimental techniques around “protein motion” to create a cutting-edge drug discovery engine, has raised a whopping $400 million in a series C round of funding led by SoftBank’s Vision Fund. Other participants in the round include Alphabet’s GV, Foresite […]

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Alphabet’s X lab spins out molten-salt energy storage project Malta

A new spinoff from Google parent company Alphabet aims to revolutionize energy storage with a novel “grid-scale” architecture that relies on a mix of molten salt and antifreeze. After first emerging as Project Malta in 2017, the graduate of Alphabet’s experimental X lab is now an independent company called Malta. Alphabet characterized […]

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Alphabet’s Jigsaw expands AI-powered toxic comment detection technology to Spanish

Alphabet’s in-house incubator, Jigsaw, has revealed that it is opening up its artificial intelligence (AI)-powered abuse-detection technology to more languages, starting with Spanish. Anyone who has spent time reading the comments section on websites will know all too well that they can be unpleasant places, with abuse and trolling comments commonplace. […]

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Rep. Steve Cohen to Google CEO: Too Much Breitbart When I Search for My Name

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) highlighted Breitbart News while telling Google CEO Sundar Pichai that the company’s search engine “overly [uses] conservative news organizations” in its news feeds, offering his remarks in a Tuesday House Judiciary Committee hearing. While questioning Google CEO Sundar Pichai during his hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Steven Cohen complained […]

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai Claims Employees Can’t Manipulate Algorithms and Aren’t Biased

After Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) asked Google CEO Sundar Pichai about reports of Google’s bias against conservatives during Pichai’s hearing in front of the House Judiciary Committee, Tuesday, Pichai denied any bias, dodged questions, and claimed human employees were unable to manipulate algorithms. “Google has revolutionized the world, though not entirely in the way I […]

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Watch Live: Congress Grills Google CEO on Censorship, Privacy Concerns

Google CEO Sundar Pichai is set to appear before the House Judiciary Committee today at 10:00 a.m. EST to discuss Google’s collection and use of user data. The hearing, titled “Transparency & Accountability: Examining Google and its Data Collection, Use and Filtering Practices,” will “examine potential bias and the need for greater transparency regarding the […]

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