Tag: Alphabet

Waymo’s First Commercial Self-driving Service Launches in Phoenix

We’ve arrived. It’s officially #TheFuture. After years of talk within the auto industry, Waymo says it will become the first company to offer a commercial taxi service using autonomous vehicles when the program launches in Arizona today. Called Waymo One, the Google subsidiary plans to offer the first batch of rides […]

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Alphabet’s Waymo unveils its first commercial driverless taxi service: Waymo One

Alphabet’s self-driving car unit Waymo today took a huge step toward launching its first public self-driving taxi service. Waymo has been testing a driverless car service in Phoenix for a while already, but today the company officially lifted the lid on its first commercial service that riders can actually pay […]

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Google Assistant gets photo-sharing with voice, to-do lists, and new kids’ stories

Google Assistant and its Home speakers are getting smarter ahead of the holiday season with the launch of new features like the ability to create and manage to-do lists, teach kids manners, and share photos with your voice. The ability to create to-do lists will only be available for Assistant […]

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Project Fi rebrands as Google Fi, opens to iPhones and most Android phones

Google is finally opening up its Project Fi mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) service to iPhones, and the company has revealed it will now support the majority of Android phones too. Additionally, Google announced that it’s dropping “Project” from the name of the service, which will now be called Google Fi. […]

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Google employees push to stop censored search engine Project Dragonfly

(Reuters) — Eleven employees comprising engineers and managers at Alphabet’s Google published an open letter on Tuesday, demanding that the company end development of a censored search engine for Chinese users, escalating earlier protests against the secretive project. Google has described the search app, known as Project Dragonfly, as an […]

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Russia launches civil case against Google over non-removal of search results

(Reuters) — Russia has launched a civil case against Google, accusing it of failing to comply with a legal requirement to remove certain entries from its search results, the country’s communications watchdog said on Monday. If found guilty, the U.S. internet giant could be fined up to 700,000 roubles ($10,450), […]

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‘P Is for Pterodactyl’ alphabet book teaches kids some anomalies of the English language

P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever is a fun new alphabet book written by rapper Lushlife that shows kids just how nutty the English language really is (rules schmules!): Turning the traditional idea of an alphabet book on its head, P is for Pterodactyl is perfect for anyone who has ever been […]

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Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene steps down

Former Oracle Corp. product chief Thomas Kurian will replace Diane Greene as head of the cloud division at Alphabet Inc’s Google in the coming weeks, Greene announced in a blog post on Friday, after a tumultuous year for the business. Greene said she had joined Google three years ago with […]

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Alphabet records $33.7 billion revenue in Q3 but stock still falls amid missed targets

In the wake of a record $5 billion EU antitrust fine, Google parent company Alphabet was still able to post a 25% increase in revenue at the end of Q2 (against that same period last year). Financial results for the third quarter of 2018 are in and despite strong profits, Alphabet missed its targets and share […]

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Report: Google Protected Executives Accused of Sexual Misconduct for Years

A new report from the New York Times alleges that the Silicon Valley Masters of the Universe at Google protected executives accused of sexual misconduct for years, even keeping an executive’s mistress on the payroll. A report from the New York Times titled “How Google Protected Andy Rubin, the ‘Father of Android’” outlines how the progressive tech giant […]

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Louisiana Attorney General Encourages Jeff Sessions to Break Up Google, Facebook

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry will reportedly encourage Attorney General Jeff Sessions to break up Big Tech companies like Google and Facebook during a meeting next week. “My opinion is you are not going to fix this legislatively,” declared Landry during a radio interview with News Radio 710 KEEL, in Shreveport. “You are going to […]

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Facebook, Google, and Twitter dismantle global Iranian propaganda push

(Reuters) — Facebook, Twitter, and Alphabet collectively removed hundreds of accounts tied to Iranian actors that a cybersecurity firm said on Tuesday were promoting Iran’s geopolitical agenda around the world. Through a network of fake news websites and fraudulent social media personas spread across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google Plus, and […]

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The trillion-dollar question: can the tech giants keep growing?

It has been a tumultuous couple of weeks for America’s high-flying technology stocks, even by their own unique standards. Their shares have been soaring since the start of the year, despite being buffeted by trade war fears as President Trump talked of limiting Chinese investments in the US and restricting American technology imports to China. […]

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JBL’s Link View smart display with Google Assistant is available to pre-order for $250

After its announcement at CES 2018 way back in January, JBL’s Link View smart display with Google Assistant built-in has finally become available to pre-order with shipping scheduled to begin from September 3rd. The news comes after Lenovo’s Smart Display went on sale just last week in eight and ten-inch variants with orders already shipping.  […]

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Google plans censored search engine for China

(Reuters) — Alphabet’s Google is planning a censored version of its search engine for China that will block websites and certain search terms, The Intercept reported on Wednesday citing internal Google documents and people familiar with the plans. The project is a code named “Dragonfly” and has been underway since the spring of 2017, the […]

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GV leads $30 million investment in Verana Health to improve clinical research using EHR data

Verana Health, a platform that’s setting out to help the life sciences industry enhance clinical studies with analytics and data, has raised $30 million in a series C round of funding led by Alphabet’s VC arm GV. The round included participation from Biomatics Capital; GE Ventures; Lagunita Biosciences; and Brook Byers, cofounder of Kleiner, Perkins, […]

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Leaked images show Clearly White variant of Google’s Pixel 3 XL

The next big smartphone might be coming on August 9th in the form of the Galaxy Note 9 from Samsung, but that’s not to say that we can’t get excited about Google’s next smartphone too. These leaked images show off an alleged Pixel 3 XL in its Clearly White color scheme.  As you can see […]

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Markets cautious after tech sell-off and ahead of central bank meetings – business live

Here’s the Press Association on the UK lending figures: The number of mortgage approvals made to home-buyers jumped to a five-month high in June, Bank of England figures show. Some 65,619 mortgages got the green light for house purchase – the highest monthly total since January. Re-mortgage approvals fell by 7.3% month on month, with […]

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