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DeepMind Health told to explain business model, relationship to Google

Alphabet-owned AI company DeepMind Health needs to clarify its relationship with Google and explain how it plans to turn a profit, the firm's independent review panel has said. In a report (PDF) published today, the group told DeepMind Health – which has run into controversy for its work with the NHS, especially the Streams …
Rebecca Hill, 15 Jun 2018

Google founder Sergey Brin promises to protect humanity from AI

Google co-founder Sergey Brin has used his annual founder’s letter to raise the issue of ethics in AI. Brin’s note to investors says “The new spring in artificial intelligence is the most significant development in computing in my lifetime”. He then gushed a bit about the stuff AI can do, declaring “we are truly in a …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Apr 2018
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Cash-sprinkler Softbank and Alphabet hand over $1.9bn to Manbang

Japan's investment cash firehose Softbank and America's definitely-not-Google holding company Alphabet want you to use Manbang, and are paying $1.9bn for the pleasure. They want workers at shipping companies to hail passing trucks in the same way that drunk revellers use popular app-based taxi hailing services. China's …
Gareth Corfield, 24 Apr 2018
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In not terrifying news at all, Google just keeps on growing: Revenue, profit, headcount up

Google's parent company Alphabet has notched up another quarter (PDF) of swollen sales for Q1 2018, revealing the outcome of investments like its stake in Uber. The firm booked sales of $31.15bn for the quarter ended 31 March '18, up 26 per cent year-on-year or by some $6.4bn. Broken down by segment: advertising revenues grew …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Apr 2018
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Google wants to gobble up Nokia's airborne broadband biz – reports

Google looks set to expand its horizon according to reports that claim the ad giant is in talks to buy Nokia's airplane broadband biz. Nokia's tech could provide Google with a faster alternative to existing in-flight Wi-Fi. The LTE A2G cellular-based system is intended to forge a direct link between the aircraft and the ground …
Kat Hall, 11 Apr 2018

US watchdog just gave up trying to get Google to explain YouTube's huge financial figures

In a series of alternatively baffling, amusing and darn-right ridiculous letters, Google-parent Alphabet has told America's financial watchdog to effectively mind its own business when it comes to its income. On Monday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published six months' worth of correspondence between its staff …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Feb 2018
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Google prints money for Alphabet to stuff into Uncle Sam's pockets: $10bn blow from Donald Trump's tax shakeup

Google-parent Alphabet suffered a $3bn loss of the final quarter of 2017 after handing over $9.9bn to Uncle Sam due changes in the US tax system. Despite that hit, Alphabet is still very profitable [PDF] as you'd expect for a biz with near monopolies in ads, search and mobile phone operating systems: it would have banked $6. …
Iain Thomson, 2 Feb 2018

Google slaps mute button on stupid ads that nag you to buy stuff you just looked at

Google says it will allow netizens to block nuisance "reminder" adverts that follow them around across websites. The Mountain View advertising giant said the new feature, launching first on its own sites and in Android apps, will let users rid themselves ads that prod people about products they had previously viewed. You know …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Jan 2018
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S for Security is Google owner Alphabet's new favorite letter

Google’s parent company Alphabet has launched a security company named Chronicle. The business will be the new home of VirusTotal, which Google acquired in 2012. Chronicle’s other story will be “a new cybersecurity intelligence and analytics platform that we hope can help enterprises better manage and understand their own …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jan 2018

ALPHABET TOTALLY LOSES ITS SCHMIDT: Exec chairman Eric quits

Eric Schmidt has quit as executive chairman of Alphabet, Google's post-restructuring parent. Schmidt – who served as Google's adult supervision and CEO from 2001 through 2011 before stepping back to enjoy time as exec chairman of the board and billionaire – will remain a board member. After officially stepping down from the …
Thomas Claburn, 21 Dec 2017
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You, Google. Get in here and explain all this personal data slurping – Missouri AG subpoena

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley on Monday said his office is investigating Google's business practices, adding fuel to the long smouldering antitrust fire that the Chocolate factory has been unable to extinguish. The ad biz has been trying to smother the flames for almost a decade now, fanned at first by Microsoft's …
Thomas Claburn, 13 Nov 2017

What just banked $7bn in pay dirt, is stroking its big growth, and rhymes with cold sweat?

Google parent Alphabet announced on Thursday a better-than-expected quarter, driving up its share price. Its stock jumped to $1,036 apiece in after-hours trading before settling down slightly into the low four figures, up three per cent. Analysts had been expecting earnings per share to be around $8.33, but Alphabet smashed …
Iain Thomson, 26 Oct 2017
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Judge yanks plug out of AT&T's latest attack on Google Fiber

AT&T's legal battle to stop Google rolling out broadband internet in Louisville, Kentucky, has been halted in its tracks. District Judge David Hale said on Wednesday the US telco giant must allow the installation of Google Fiber lines on the city's telephone poles. AT&T had challenged Louisville's "one touch make ready" rule …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Aug 2017
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Alphabet takes Euro antitrust fine in stride, spooks investors with rising Google ad costs

Google parent company Alphabet says that its revenues in the past three months have grown by 21 per cent – while the European Commission's $2.7bn fine took a big bite out of its net income. The Mountain View ads giant pointed out that its non-ad businesses, including Google Cloud, also performed well in its second quarter of …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jul 2017
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Waymo now way less: Robo-ride upstart drops patents in Uber battle

Waymo has dropped three of the patent claims it had been pursuing against Uber and will instead focus on nailing the taxi app maker for trade secret theft. The Alphabet-owned self-driving car upstart said in a filing [PDF] in California on Friday that it would drop allegations of patent infringement with prejudice. The now- …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Jul 2017
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Alphabet offloads bot businesses Boston Dynamics and SCHAFT

Google parent Alphabet has offloaded its robotics businesses SCHAFT and Boston Dynamics to SoftBank. The latter sale was not unexpected, as Alphabet is thought to have wanted to rid itself of the business since March 2016, as it had missed key military contracts, was beset by management turbulence and had little prospect of …

Nuns chastise Google and Eric names Larry greatest human alive

Nuns calling for greater transparency over "dark money" lobbying practices, Larry Page being hailed by Eric Schmidt as one of the greatest humans alive today, and extreme gender pay disparity. Yep, it's the Alphabet Annual Meeting of Shareholders! Kicking off the yearly get-together of various investors, Schmidt was on …
Kat Hall, 8 Jun 2017

What a tit! Uber CEO hijacks his staff breast-pump room to meditate

Uber boss Travis Kalanick is once again making headlines – this time for taking over a designated employee lactation room to use for meditation. This is according to Uber board member Arianna Huffington, who said during a telly interview that the ride-sharing startup's bro-in-chief has been using the mindfulness sessions as …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Jun 2017

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