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Alphabet Water

Alphabet wants your help to draw drinking water from the air

October 28th, 2021

If there’s one thing to take from Denis Villeneuve’s excellent Dune reboot, it’s how important water is when you don’t have an abundance of it. Most of us take this precious resource for granted. But hundreds of millions of people struggle to source clean drinking water every day. Google parent company Alphabet might help solve …

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Google spent a decade trying to make a balloon-powered cell network

January 22nd, 2021

A project initially spawned out of Google’s “X” moonshot factory is finally being abandoned after over a decade of research and experimentation. The project, called Loon, was supposed to be a balloon-powered wireless network that provided data service to even the most remote areas of the planet. Loon, which is now under the X umbrella …

DeepMind MuZero AI

DeepMind just taught AI how to win a game without knowing the rules

December 23rd, 2020

Alphabet’s AI division DeepMind created an algorithm that allows a computer to master a game without knowing the rules beforehand. DeepMind’s previous AI algorithms were so good that computers beat the best human players at Go. But those AI knew the rules of the game beforehand. MuZero, the newest AI from the company, mastered the …

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Sundar Pichai to take on Alphabet CEO role as Larry Page steps down

December 3rd, 2019

In 2015, Google shook things up a bit when it re-branded itself as Alphabet and implemented a new corporate structure wherein Sundar Pichai was appointed as CEO of Google. Google co-founder Larry Page, meanwhile, was appointed as CEO over Alphabet. Now comes word that Page will be stepping down as Alphabet CEO, with Pichai poised …

Fitbit acquisition

Google considers buying Fitbit as time runs out for the wearable company

October 28th, 2019

Google started offering hints earlier this year that it wanted to finally make a serious push into wearables of its own, thanks to clues like the company’s job listing spotted back in February that sought someone for the position of wearables vice president. And when you couple that with Google’s $40 million acquisition of Fossil’s …

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Google will use lasers instead of fiber to deploy high-speed internet

December 18th, 2017

There are two main components to getting an entire nation online: the last mile, and the backbone. The often-talked-about “last mile” is the final piece of the puzzle, the cable running to each house, or the wireless link between your cellphone and a nearby tower. But in order for that last mile to work, it …

Lyft vs. Uber

Alphabet considers billion-dollar investment in Lyft

September 15th, 2017

Google’s parent company Alphabet is one of Uber’s shareholders, but that won’t stop the company from investing $1 billion in Uber-rival Lyft, particularly at this moment in time. Alphabet, whose self-driving car project is well ahead of rivals, is embroiled in a legal battle with Uber, as the latter is accused of having stolen proprietary …